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The following information about chapter activities was compiled from the chapter Reporting forms that were submitted by the Faculty Advisors last Spring. If any of the information is incorrect, please notify us and we will correct it. If your school's activities do not appear here and you have some that you would like to be included, send us the information and we will include it. 

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David Gay, Chapter Advisor for the Eta Chapter at the University of Arkansas announced that the chapter inducted 27 new members in the 2012-2013 academic year.


Dr. Tom Larson, Chapter Advisor for the Eta Chapter at California State University - Los Angeles announced that the chapter held a dinner meeting on November 10, 2013, and held the spring dinner and induction ceremony on May 30, 2014. Officers are: Sandor Ferencz, vice president and Samantha Gardner-Lin, treasurer.

The Alpha Eta Chapter at Whittier College Faculty Advisor Gregory R. Woirol announced the officers for 2012-2013. Adam Wohlsen is president and Richard Hoover is vice-president.



The Zeta Chapter at Eastern Connecticut State University received an ODE Chapter Project Grant for the spring of 2014. The funds were used to support various activites. A portion of the funds was used as awards to recognize students who wrote the best papers in economics during the fall 2013 semester. The planned to use the balance of the funds to bring in a speaker in the fall 2014 semester.

The Zeta Chapter at Eastern Connecticut State University held its annual induction ceremony on April 16, 2014, inducting 10 new members.


Dr. Jan E. Christopher, chapter advisor of the recently reactivated Beta Chapter at Delaware State University, says the 2010-2011 academic year got off to a roaring start with the hiring of three new faculty members in Economics and Finance. The first task was to organize a working group with the new faculty. As a result of the working group, which placed ODE high on its agenda, a lecture series was begun that included Vanessa Gail Perry as the keynote speaker. As a result of this first lecture, the second lecture included Senator Tom Carper, and the subsequent lectures were funded by a private foundation. "The process of reviving the Beta Chapter of Delaware ODE has been fun and enjoyable," said Dr. Christopher. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with ODE."

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The Beta Chapter at Howard University reported on their chapter grant project. The chapter was awarded an ODE Chapter Project Grant for spring 2012. The chapter used these funds to hold a Career Fair. Their Career Day was held on March 30 and included an opening talk and presentations by speakers from the Congressional Budget Office, the AOC Administrative Office, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Department of the Treasury. ODE congratulates the Howard University chapter on a job well done.

Dr. Sharron Terrell announced that the Epsilon Chapter at The University of the District of Columbia held their initiation on May 14, 2012. The president for the chapter is Kristyna Nepvodova.

Tthe Epsilon Chapter at The University of the District of Columbia hosted three speaker panels of international scholars, including on Fulbright Scholar, from various Eastern European countries in spring 2011. Epsilon Chapter members also attended "An Afternoon at the Fed," a panel discussion and luncheon hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Officers for the chapter are Grace Mulenga, president; and Antonio Hoskins, vice-president.


The Upsilon Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University held its annual induction ceremony on April 18, 2014, inducting 12 new members. Chapter officers are Eric Kreiger, president; Chad Lyons II, vice president; and Gonzales Lafalaise, secretary/treasurer.


Thirteen new inductees received their ODE scrolls in the fall 2010 ceremony of the Delta Chapter at the University of West Georgia, and Spring 2011 brought ten new members. Faculty Advisor James H. Murphy announced 2011-2012 officers are Cassandra Sosebee, president; and Tiffany Brady, vice president.The Mu Chapter at Agnes Scott College held its annual induction ceremony in November 2010. They also held a senior reception in May 2011. Chapter officers are Sarah Batchelor, president; Jia Yu, vice president/secretary/treasurer.



The Delta Chapter at Northwest Nazarene University received an ODE Chapter Projects grant for fall 2012. The grant funds help to send two ODE members, Sergio Mendoza and Jacob Meyer, to present at the 49th Annual Conference of the Missouri Valley Economic Association in Memphis.

The newly chartered Delta Chapter at Northwest Nazarene University held a New Charter and Member Induction Ceremony in 2011. University President Dr. David Alexander presented the charter to chapter advisor Dr. David Chaplin, who then presided over the induction ceremony. The university's marketing department took pictures and interviewed the participants, giving the Economics major at NNU some nice publicity.


Dr. Annette Tomal, chapter advisor for the Mu Chapter at Wheaton College, announed that he chapter held their initiation ceremony on April 19, 2013. held a New Charter and Member Induction Ceremony in 2011. Chapter officers are Korey Dalton, president/secretary; and Andrew Flavin, vice president/treasurer.


The Lambda Chapter at The University of Southern Indiana inducted six new members on October 24, 2013. George Stanley, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley was the 2012 Distinguished speaker. Andy Perry, this year's ODE Distinguished Speaker, gave a presentation at the initiation ceremony. Chapter officers are Brent Epley, president; Tim O'Brien, vice president; and Andrew Scheier, secretary/treasurer.


A new chapter, begun in the summer of 2012, the Lambda Chapter at Graceland University hit the ground running. In thie 2013-2014 years they hosted an open general interest economics event to spread the word about the value of studying economics. More than 45 students learned about the Gracelans Economics program, played Econ Jeopardy, and enjoyed refreshments. On May 9, 2014 the chapted held their second inaugural induction ceremony. At this event, the chaptor advisor, Rob Poulton, and the previous year's inductees welcomed nine new members into the chapter. Their officers are: President - Jon Bowman; Vice President - Chris Clark; Secretary - Tensae Woldesellasie; and Treasurer - Gabriel Gallegos.



The Beta Chapter at Berea College reactivated their chapter in November of 2013 and inducted six new members. Their officers are: President - Samuel Tincher; Vice President - Hsin-Ta Tsai; Secretary - Cody Vaughn; and Treasurer - JeLisa Smallwood.

Faculty Advisor Tony Weiss reported that the Alpha Chapter at Tulane University sponsored an "Econ and Pop-culture" contest in fall 2010. Faculty members acted as judges and the prizes were Barnes and Nobel gift cards. In spring 2011, the chapter co-sponsored with the Liberal Arts School a jeopardy style quiz bowl, and co-sponsored the movie "Freakonomics." Additionally the chapter held fall and spring peer-advising sessnions. Chapter officers are Sean Higgins, President; andEvan Goldstein, Vice-President. 




The Alpha Epsilon Chapter at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth inducted 12 new members at their ceremoney April 30, 2014. The chapter held regular weekly meetings and had two movie showings -- Money for Nothing and Schooled: The Economics of Sports -- folllowed by discussion in the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Gamma Chapter at Boston College held "Peer Advising" to help new majors plan their course selections in the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters.. The Chapter held luncheon panel discussions on topis such as Careers in Economics, Graduate School in Economics, and Consulting Opportunities for Economics Majors.  The Annual Induction Dinner was held April of 2011. The chapter officers for 2010-2011 are: Jay Manchi, president; Catherine Slater, vice-president; and Nick Franco, treasurer.  Robert Murphy is the Faculty Advisor. 

Members of the Alpha Zeta Chapter at University of Massachusetts - Lowell attended a conference organized by the Boston Fed on "Mismatch in the Labor Market," in October 2010. They also attended campus speaker events featuring Dr. Eric Rosengren, with the New England Federal Reserve Bank; Eric Brunner, with Quinnipiac University; Junfu Zhang, with Clark University; and  Kohn Luiz, with University of Witwatersrand, SOuth Africa. The chapter advisor is Monica Galizzi.


Mehmet Yaya, chapter advisor for the Eta Chapter at Eastern Michigan University announced that in the fall of 2011, the chapter co-sponsored with the Economics Club three seminar presentations. On November 3, Jennifer Ward-Batts from Wayne State University presented her paper, "Compulsory Schooling in Turkey, Educational Attainment, and the Gender Gap." Rebecca Tomasik from Western Michigan University presented her research on "Time Zone-Related Continuity and Synchronization Effects of Bilateral Trade Flows" on November 18. On November 29, Dr. Jim Thorton presented his most recent research on "Economics of the Wine Industry." Chapter officers are Ed Kruz, president; Christy Okpo, Secretary; and Jeff Kennedy, Treasurer.


The Kappa Chapter at Minnesota State University - Mankato inducted 12 new members (one honorary) on April 23, 2014. The chapter sponsored two students, Ozlem Barin and Matthew Petersen, to the Minnesota Academy of Science Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2014. They co-sponsored the spring special advising session for economics majors and minors on April 29, 2014, featuring alumni speaker William Sinclair. Additionally, reported Ihsuan Li Chapter Advisor, three chapter members participated at the Midwest Undergraduate Analytics Competitions. Officers are Ozlem Barin, president; Brett Bomsta, vice president; Matthew Petersen, Secretary/treasurer; and Marinda Phandanouvong, webmaster.

Kristine West , chapter advisor for the Zeta chapter at University of St. Catherine, announced that the chapter inducted 3 new members at their annual awards dinner, bringing their membership to 101.

The Beta Chapter at St. Olaf College sponsored a fall 2010 open house for underclassmen before spring registration with a panel of senior economics majors reflecting on the economics major, management concentration, and the job/grad school search process before graduation. In spring 2011, the chapter attended seminars and hosted speakers at the Economics Summit at St. Olaf. The Beta Chapter also edited and published the spring volume of the St. Olaf Economics Journal. Officers are Rod Hubbard, president; ThuLe Tran, vice president; Kristine Amundson, Secretary; and Katarine Braafladt, Treasurer.





The Epsilon Chapter at The University of Nebraska- Kearney announced that 2013-2014 activities at their chapter included holding a documentary movie event, "Inside Job"; the Dean's student advisory board met with guest speakers, and chapter members attened the UNK speaker presentation, and provided inpout onm student organization enrollment. Recruitment was an ongoing activity. Chapter officers are: Kevin Carder, president; Kelsey Hemmann, vice president; and Gary Bush, secretary/treasurer.

The Epsilon Chapter at The University of Nebraska- Kearney announced that activities at their chapter included starting a Nebraska State fair Impact Study/Research Project, volunteering for the UNK Campus Kitchens Project and the UNK Women's Center, OrgSync training, and recruitment. Chapter officers are: Zach Schultz, president; Pam Thindwa, vice president; Sharon Thindwa, secretary; and Gary Bush, treasurer.


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The Nu Chapter at Drew University held several activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. On September 11, 2013, the chapter co-hosted the annual Welcome Back Party with the Economics Department. On December 9, 2013, they hosted a Finals Coffee and Donuts Study break, providing coffee and donuts to ODE members during reading days at the end of the fall semester. A casual Meet and Greet on April 24, 2014 helped bring together newly invited ODE members with current members. On May 6, 2014 the chapter held their ODE induction ceremony and end-of-the-year party. Officers are: Megan Modic, president; RJ Voorman, vice president; Sabrina Fruci, secretary; and Katie O'Keefe, treasurer.

The Alpha Lambda Chapter at SUNY-Oneonta held its annual induction ceremony and announced the officers for 2014: Jennifer Rushlow, president; Kyle Sisco, vice president; Mariel Doyle, secretary/treasurer. The chapter reports that they invited two economic alumni to visit the campus and give a presentation on "The Current State of the Labor Market." A Bloomberg representative also visited to demonstrate how the Bloomberg terminals can be used for economic research. Dr. Bryan C. McCannon, newly appointed chapter advisor for the Beta Alpha Chapter at Saint Bonaventure University announced that the chapter is trying to revitalize after a long period of dormancy. Dr. McCannon hopes to recruit members for ODE in 2014 and begin a student economics club in the 2014-2015 academic year to work collaboratively.

Chapter Advisor Thomas P. Lyons of the Kappa Chapter at Cornell University announced that on April 18, 2012 the chapter held a luncheon to induct 43 new members and award certificates and graduation cords. They also bid farewell to members set to graduate in May. Dr. Lyons announced the chapter officers as: Zachary Peskin, president; Erick G. Castillo, vice president; Nicole Collins, secretary; and Barom Yang, treasurer.

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The Phi Chapter at Meredith College held their spring initation in April 2011 and inducted 14 new members. Officer are:Sarah Haugh, president; Samantha Bryant, vice-president; Tiffany Roche, Secretary/Treasurer.

The Tau Chapter at Campbell University sponsored speakers Richard Kaglic of the Richmond District Federal Reserve Bank and Larry White of George Mason University during 2010-2011. They also sponsored the showing of "Inside Job," Chuck Ferguson's award winning documentary on the financial crisis. The Chapter advisor is Mark Steckbeck.

The Lambda Chapter at Western Carolina University held their fall initiation in October 2010. Anthony Ballard was recognized as their 2010-2011 "Outstanding Economics Student." New officers are: Francis Spencer-Skee Orr, President; Hayden Smith, vice-president; Brittany Burch, Secretary; and Terry Davis Knight, Treasurer.

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Jordan Suter, Chapter Advisor for the Alpha Theta Chapter at Oberlin College announced that the chapter inducted 10 new members in 2012-2013.



The Eta Chapter at Portland State University, announed that the chapter has gone through a large transition during the acadmic year of 2011-2012. They plan to host a membership recruitment drive in May and work with other economic organizations on campus. They also hope to hold some speaker-based events in the 2012-2013 year. The chapter president is Tyler McKean.


The Gamma Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania held several activities and events collaboratively with other campus organizations. These events included a Lunch and Learn with Susan Stone of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on "Emerging Issues in Trade Policy." They also co-sponsored a Coffee Chat with Professor Arthur van Benthem of the Business Economics and Public Policy Department at Wharton on "Economics and Energy and Environmental Issues." Officers are Valentina Raman, president; Ariel Stern, vice president; Elliot Melaney, secretary/treasurer.

The Alpha Mu Chapter at King's College held their induction ceremony on March 9, 2012, with Dr. Sanjay Paul as invited speaker. Dr. Paul discussed income inequality and the American middle class. New inductees participated in the All College Honors Convocation on April 22, 2012.  Dr. Valerie K. Kepner is the Faculty Advisor. 

Villanova University's Lambda Chapter was awarded an ODE Chapter Project Grant for the spring of 2012 in the amount of $1500. The chapter used to funds to co-sponsor (with the University's Economics Department, the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Matthew Ryan Center for the study of Free Institutions and the Public Good) a lecture by Walter williams. On February 9, 2012 Williams spoke on "The Legitimate Role of Government in a Free Society." The lecture was attended by more than 500 people. In addition to the leacture and a Q&A session that lasted more than 40 minutes, several class activities were structured around the presentation.

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The Delta Chapter at Providence College announced new officers. Dr. Leo Kahane, chapter advisor, will also serve as president; Maureen Medeiros is Secretary.

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The Epsilon Chapter at Vanderbilt University announced that on April 20, 2011, members of ODE had a conversation about health care policy with Professor Getz over dinner and new members, invited in fall and spring, received their membership materials.


The Beta Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin received an ODE Chapter Project Grant for fall 2013. The chapter used those funds to help develop an undergraduate research journal. The first issue of The Developing Economist was printed in spring 2014. An online copy can be viewed at

The Beta Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin reported that they held their fall 2013 induction dinner on September 28. In October they had the McCombs Information Session where they discussed business masters pprograms. This was followed in November with their Department of Economics Career forum, an alumni career info session and networking event. Also in November, Dr. Daniel Hamermesh gave a lecture discussing his research on consumer's use of time. On February 18, the chapter held its spring induction dinner. On March 3, they presented the annual Arlitt Lecture with Dr. Rah Chetty of Harvard speaking on "Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the U.S." Dr. Dale Stahl discussed his research on repeated prisoner's dilemma and rupation, on March 25. Dr. Gerald Oettinger, chapter advisor, announced the chapter officers: Robert McDowell, president; Erin Roper, vice-president; Mario Pea, secretary; and Tiaran Chen, treasurer.

The Phi Chapter at Trinity University reports they held their spring 2012 induction dinner on April 25. Prof. John Huston, chapter advisor, announced the chapter officers:Katherinf Leonard, president/secretary; and Colton Parnes, vice-president/treasurer.

Paul Stock, Chapter Advisor for the Alpha Zeta Chapter at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor reports an active 2011-2012 year. In October they hosted the Annual Economic Development Forum. The three guest speakers were from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Belton Economic Development Corporation, and the Belton Chamber of Commerce. In November the chapter raised $294 and gave six loans to small business owners in third-world countries through In total, they have given 12 loans over the past three years to small business owners in developing countries through KIVA. In January 2012, they elected as officers: Taylor Bird, president; Frank James, vice-president; Josh Pratt, secretary; and Emily Holzman, treasurer.


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Dr. Louise Marshall, Terry Long and Brian Hollar, Chapter Advisors at the Chi Chapter at Marymount University anounced their inductions ceremonies on October 25, 2014 with six new members.

The Phi Chapter at Randolph College received a chapter grant for spring 2011 and initiated a spring speakers series on campus.  All aspects of these events were organized and executed by students. The speakers were Florentina Furtura, with the International Monetary Fund; Mrinalini Lhila, with Neuberger Berman; and Alexis Horm, a fine arts underwriter at AIG. 

New inductees at the Mu Chapter at Mary Baldwin College held a tea in March 2012 recognizing all economics majors and minors and onoring new and past ODE members.


The Epsilon Chapter at Gonzaga University announced that 20 new members were inducted during the year and honor cords were presented to graduating seniors at a joint ceremony with Gonzaga's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma on April 20, 2012.

The Beta Chapter at Washington State University announced that ODE has joined forces with the Econ Club, meeting twice monthly under the direction of co-advisors Dr. Felix Munoz and Dr. Ana Espinola. They have sponsored faculty presentations and guest speakers on varying economics topics. In 2011, there was also a graduate school presentation for students to learn about the process of applying to graduate schools and how to prepare for graduate school.

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