NC State Pi Alpha

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

Charter Date   March 27, 1942

Chapter No.   26

Advisor   Dr. Marie Muller

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

NC State Pi Alpha

 

The North Carolina Pi Alpha Chapter was formally installed on March 27, 1942, by National President H. E. Degler, with nineteen charter members. Since that time the chapter has become an integral part of the life of the department.

 

2018-2019 Erin Beaton, President

The overall goal for the year was to engage members and grow awareness of Pi Tau Sigma
around campus.
The 2018-2019 school year was a time for change for the NC State Pi Alpha Chapter. While
continuing many traditions that have worked well in the past, the leadership worked to establish
new and unique ways to give back to our community in the Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering (MAE) Department and in the greater Raleigh, NC area.
The establishment of a member engagement program showed wildly successful results. Members
were asked to participate in various events throughout the year and were incentivized with the
sale of PTS regalia. Each event was given a "point" value, and members were required to reach a
minimum "point" threshold. This system ran smoothly with the help of a new and updated
member list that helped leadership stay in touch with the members and keep track of
engagement. Leadership saw better turn-out at service events and was better able to keep in
touch with members who were inactive for various reasons (internships, co-ops, personal
reasons, etc.).
The NC State Pi Alpha Chapter is well known in the department for weekly mechanical
engineering tutoring sessions. This year, leadership worked with the MAE Department to
advertise this service to the student body and reserve a time and place. The service was offered
one per week in the Fall semester and twice per week in the Spring semester due to
overwhelming requests from the student body and the PTS membership. Members wanted more
opportunities to engage and earn "points." This is considered one of the best results of the
implemented member engagement program.
While working with the MAE Department, leadership opened a line of communication with the
MAE advisor. The MAE Department at NC State is one of the largest departments at the
university but only employs one advisor. This results in a work overload for the advisor during
registration periods. The president of the NC State Pi Alpha chapter worked to establish a Peer
Advising program where members of PTS could give advice and help underclassmen and fellow
peers to create schedules that prepare students for future success.
A long time ago, the NC State Pi Alpha chapter adopted a road near campus. As a part of the
induction process, leadership takes inductees out to the road to pick up trash and give back to the
community. This year, leadership reached out to the Department of Transportation for help with
supplies and learned that the adoption hadn't been valid for years. Future work for the chapter
will involve working to re-establish this connection. Until then, the induction process tradition
has continued. This year, leadership invited all members in addition to the inductees to the
roadside cleanup event. This was done to encourage member engagement and develop a
relationship between inductees and current members. This was a successful change that has
shown a greater sense of community within the chapter.
This year has been a great time for the chapter. Leadership has been better able to engage with
members, new inductees, and the community. Leadership has trained the incoming leadership
class and hopes the progress can continue in the future.

2017-2018

During the Great Recession, the NC State Pi Alpha chapter declined severely in membership. Like many honor societies, the cost and time commitment were not worthwhile for financially struggling students. This period also included the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department’s move from its original home on Main Campus to a new building on the vibrant Centennial Campus. The department was given the ability to bring in more students to new and modern workspaces. However, the historic Pi Tau Sigma plaque outside Broughton Hall and several other points of interest remained on Main Campus. Since those years, our chapter has slowly rebuilt. This process has taken several initiate classes and changes to the constitution. In 2018, a new executive board was elected with the goal to restore the chapter to is previous prestige. A revitalized chapter with younger membership will allow us to make changes to our structure over the following years with continuous momentum and dedication. Our goal is to create a seamless transition of power in the future such that we maintain successes from previous years.

The 2017-2018 school year laid the ground for upcoming change. Changes were made to the executive structure and to the initiation process that allowed for expansion and growth. The chapter expanded free tutoring for undergraduates in the Mechanical Engineering program. We rebuilt existing structure as to how each individual member contributes to working with our fellow students. Tutoring sessions were held on a weekly basis in Engineering Building 3 and were open to all walk-ins. Pi Tau Sigma members were required to work tutoring sessions multiple times per semester, and students could seek assistance with any mechanical engineering course. Attendance at these tutoring sessions varied throughout the semester, with expected peaks coming in concurrence with large classes’ exams and the lead up to final examinations.

Meetings occurred on a monthly basis between members and executives. All active members were invited to attend meetings which were led by the President and Vice President. Each meeting had an agenda and a planned discussion. Discussions included deliberations on plans for tutoring and initiations. Snacks were often provided during these meetings. Meetings were generally successful, although attendance is something to be improved upon in the coming year. New rules for members and membership requirements are being brainstormed by the new executive committee. These rules will include guidelines for sustaining active membership, in order to benefit both the chapter and support future membership. Meetings will continue to take place on a monthly basis, and will be intended to engage members and encourage members to partake in the additional events planned for next school year. New events will increase the presence of the chapter on campus and elevate the status of the chapter as an honor society.

The chapter had its largest initiate class in years in the Spring of 2018. We are proud of the recruitment over the last year and intend to strengthen our numbers moving forward. We consider this our biggest accomplishment over the last school year. With this new class comes new challenges. There are plans to begin facilitating larger events with intent to garner name recognition on campus. During the Great Recession, the NC State Pi Alpha chapter declined severely in membership. Like many honor societies, the cost and time commitment were not worthwhile for financially struggling students. This period also included the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department’s move from its original home on Main Campus to a new building on the vibrant Centennial Campus. The department was given the ability to bring in more students to new and modern workspaces. However, the historic Pi Tau Sigma plaque outside Broughton Hall and several other points of interest remained on Main Campus. Since those years, our chapter has slowly rebuilt. This process has taken several initiate classes and changes to the constitution. In 2018, a new executive board was elected with the goal to restore the chapter to is previous prestige. A revitalized chapter with younger membership will allow us to make changes to our structure over the following years with continuous momentum and dedication. Our goal is to create a seamless transition of power in the future such that we maintain successes from previous years.

The 2017-2018 school year laid the ground for upcoming change. Changes were made to the executive structure and to the initiation process that allowed for expansion and growth. The chapter expanded free tutoring for undergraduates in the Mechanical Engineering program. We rebuilt existing structure as to how each individual member contributes to working with our fellow students. Tutoring sessions were held on a weekly basis in Engineering Building 3 and were open to all walk-ins. Pi Tau Sigma members were required to work tutoring sessions multiple times per semester, and students could seek assistance with any mechanical engineering course. Attendance at these tutoring sessions varied throughout the semester, with expected peaks coming in concurrence with large classes’ exams and the lead up to final examinations.

Meetings occurred on a monthly basis between members and executives. All active members were invited to attend meetings which were led by the President and Vice President. Each meeting had an agenda and a planned discussion. Discussions included deliberations on plans for tutoring and initiations. Snacks were often provided during these meetings. Meetings were generally successful, although attendance is something to be improved upon in the coming year. New rules for members and membership requirements are being brainstormed by the new executive committee. These rules will include guidelines for sustaining active membership, in order to benefit both the chapter and support future membership. Meetings will continue to take place on a monthly basis, and will be intended to engage members and encourage members to partake in the additional events planned for next school year. New events will increase the presence of the chapter on campus and elevate the status of the chapter as an honor society.

The chapter had its largest initiate class in years in the Spring of 2018. We are proud of the recruitment over the last year and intend to strengthen our numbers moving forward. We consider this our biggest accomplishment over the last school year. With this new class comes new challenges. There are plans to begin facilitating larger events with intent to garner name recognition on campus.