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Ohio University student technology society receives award

ATHENS, Ohio (July 15, 2005) -- The newly reactivated Ohio University chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau received the honor society's Region 3 Outstanding Chapter Award in recognition of the group's accomplishments during its first year back in operation in two decades.

Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT) is the international honor society for professions in technology. The chapter comprises students from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Todd Myers, assistant professor of industrial technology and the chapter's faculty adviser, said he was surprised when the central office selected Ohio University for its award, which came with a certificate and a $500 honorarium.

"The national headquarters was impressed that a chapter that just reactivated had sponsored and hosted a campus-wide speaker and was providing weekly service to the industrial technology students in the form of free tutoring," Myers said.

This year, the chapter's seven members organized a workshop on lean manufacturing (how to increase manufacturing efficiency), conducted fundraisers, tutored fellow students and developed a chapter constitution and bylaws.

Adam Wood, a junior industrial technology major and the chapter's secretary, said his experience working with the society has been beneficial to his education.

"It's definitely been great being able to meet with people who are established in the industry," Wood said.

Wood said he has met EPT alumni at job interviews and found their common membership to be a useful networking tool.

Membership in the Ohio University Lambda Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau is by invitation only to students majoring in technology who meet the overall grade point average requirement.

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793

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