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Omicron Delta Epsilon Chapter News

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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The Alpha Eta Chapter at Whittier College Faculty Advisor Gregory R. Woirol announced the officers for 2011-2012. Terees Dowd is president and Donielle Kalachi is vice-president.




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."

District of Columbia

Dr. Sharron Terrell announced that the Epsilon Chapter at George Washington University 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.



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 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.






The Kappa Chapter at Murray State University held their annual induction banquet in April 2011. Three students from the chapter presented papers and Brescia University, one of which won a $100 award as best undergraduate paper.  The Faculty Advisor is Martin Milkman. The chapter president is Danial Duncan. 


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 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 on October 7, 2011, the chapter sponsored guest speaker Mark Birmingham, analyst in the center for Automotive Research. On March 11, 2011, guest speaker, Satis Devkota spoke on "Health Inequality in the United States." Chapter officers are Lance Vought, president; and Adlai Cleveland, vice president.


Ihsuan Li, chapter advisor for the Kappa chapter at Minnesota State University-Mankato, announced that the chapter inducted eight members on April 13, 2011. New Officers are Aaron Bader, president; and Marcus Piepho, vice-president. The chapter co-sponsored with the Economics Department, the Economics Club, the College Republican Club and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota a lecture by Dr. Thomas E. Woods in April and inducted Dr. Woods as an honorary member of the chapter. The chapter received a $1500 grant from the International ODE Board to fund the Woods lecture. In addition to the grant, Kappa chapter raised funds from private donation and student activity fees. An additional $300 was provided by the Economics department. The lecture, "Who is  Afraid of a Fee Society?", was well attended by students, faculty, staff, members of the community an local business leaders.

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.






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The Alpha Mu Chapter at Cornell University held its annual luncheon and induction ceremony April 19, 2011. 2011-2012 officers are Suthinee Buranaphong, president; Nathaniel Schorr, vice president; Dennis Shiraev, secretary; and Taskin Rahman, treasurer. 

The Alpha Mu Chapter at Hartwick College hosted a spring induction reception for 2011. The chapter held Alumni Career Visits from John Alger and Dan Parisian.  Carlena Ficano is the Faculty Advisor.

Faculty Advisor Constantine Alexandrakis of the Epsilon Chapter at Hofstra University announced that in fall 2009, they sponsored a speaker series, and a trip to New York City for a professional tour of the Financial District. They also sponsored an alumni dinner and lecture.  In their spring 2010 speaker series, they invited John Seigfried to talk about his book, Better Living through Economics. Chapter officers are: Brian Dalias, president; Alessandra Shaaya, vice president; Jay Chuang, secretary; and Michael Gueli, Treasurer.

North Carolina

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.

North Dakota




Dr. Charles Grant, chapter advisor for the Eta Chapter at Portland State University, announed that the chapter held membership drives in January and May of 2011. The chapter works with the campus Econ Club to sponsor events such as faculty panel discussions. Tiffany Smith serves as chapter president.


The Alpha Mu Chapter at King's College held their induction ceremony in March 2011, with Elizabeth A. Moorhouse as invited speaker.  New inductees participated in the All College Honors Convocation.  Dr. Valerie K. Kepner is the Faculty Advisor. 

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Rhode Island

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 Alpha Zeta Chapter at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor held a bake sake to raise money to help business owners in developing countries in spring 2011. In fall 2010, the chapter helped coordinate an Economic Development Forum at the university. The guest speaker was Dr. Joanne Roberts from Hardin Simmons University. Faculty advisor Paul Stock announced that new officers are: Ricky Brenek, president; Kyleigh Thurman, vice-president; Lori Ridgeway, Secretary; and Emily Holzman, Treasurer.


U.S. Virgin Islands



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 were recognized at the college-wide Honors Convocation on April 7, 2011 and were recognized at a tea in May 2011 for economics majors and minors.


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.

West Virginia



FALL DEADLINES: The deadline for a spring 2015 chapter projects grant is October 31. 2014.

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