History

 

For thirteen students and two faculty members of the business education division of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, the fulfillment of a dream took place on June 13, 1923. On this date, the Alpha Chapter of Pi Omega Pi held its first initiation service; and the newly initiated members signed the first membership roll.

The students designed a badge for the organization; adopted the Greek God of Commerce, Hermes, as the patron saint of the organization; and approved a ritual for formal initiation.

Founders

 

  Gertrude Vogel Holloway

 

  Wyna M. Snyder

 

  Paul O. Selby

 

  Virginia Romans

 

  Grace Loughead

 

  Isabelle Baker

 

  Getha Pickens

 

  William F. Clark

  Winifred Marie Conner

 

  Clara Marie Husted

 

  Pauline Swanson

 

  Edwin D. Myers

 

  Glenn E. Richards

 

  Vera Dolan

 

  Hazel E. Brong

 

As provided in the original constitution, Alpha Chapter governed the organization for about four years until five chapters had been formed. On July 14, 1927, a fifth chapter was formed at the State University of Iowa; and the group took the second step toward becoming a national fraternity.

At the call of Alpha Chapter, representatives of the five chapters held a meeting on December 29, 1927, for the purpose of forming a national organization. Dr. Paul O. Selby, who steered the formation of Alpha Chapter, served as temporary chair and was later elected the first national President. Each chapter was allowed to choose two delegates who formed the National Constitution and established an initiation fee of $2 to finance the national organization.

The Pi Omega Pi has a roster that now includes nearly 40 chapters. Though the chapters are located in all sections of the country, the greatest concentration remains in the Midwest, where the organization had its beginning. Lifetime dues are $40.

The National Council has led Pi Omega Pi through the years. By actions of the delegates at National Conventions, the National Council was changed to include a Student Representative and other council positions have changed.

In 1946 Here and There in Pi Omega Pi was published. This newsletter, now called Here and There, is still published electronically on the national web page.

Membership is classified as active, associate, alumni, honorary, and faculty.

Active membership includes those undergraduates and graduates who are enrolled as bona fide students in a college or university having a chapter of the society and who have met the following requirements:

Each candidate has expressed an intention of becoming a teacher of business subjects.

Each candidate possesses the following qualifications:

 

  Completion of at least three semesters or five quarters of college courses including at least 15 semester hours or 22 quarter hours in business and education subjects.

 

  Attainment of general scholarship sufficient to place the candidate within the upper 35 percent of his/her college class (sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate) and the achievement of an average grade of "B" or higher, or its equivalent in other grading systems, in all courses in business and education.

Alumni membership includes those graduates of colleges and universities who were active members while they were in school or those who graduated before a chapter was established but who, since they attained the scholarship standards while a student, have been elected by the chapter to membership.

Faculty membership may be conferred on persons of national reputation the National Council believes worthy. Honorary membership is conferred at a National Convention. Local chapter sponsors must be members of Pi Omega Pi.

Associate membership may be conferred on persons of national reputation the National Council believes worthy. Honorary membership is conferred at a National Convention.

Honorary membership may be conferred on persons of national reputation the National Council believes worthy. Honorary membership is conferred at a National Convention.

Each chapter is limited to one faculty or associate member during the year, the privilege being cumulative.

Membership in any chapter entitles one to participate in the activities in any other chapter. Membership may be revoked by action of the local chapter in accordance with the local bylaws, and the name will be struck from the national membership records on proper notification to the National Treasurer.