Fresno State Beta Gamma
Fresno, CA 93740
Charter Date February 28, 2010
Chapter No. 171
Advisor Dr. Michael G. Jenkins
Through the vision (and insistence) of then-Mechanical Engineering junior Angela Cox and the leadership of Dean of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael G. Jenkins, the petition for forming a chapter of Pi Tau Sigma in the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University of California, Fresno was submitted in early 2010. The Fresno State Beta Gamma Chapter was formally installed on February 28, 2010, by National President Mun Young Choi and National Secretary-Treasurer Alex Moutsoglou. Fresno State Beta Gamma Chapter remains one of the more active honor societies within Lyles College of Engineering and on the CSU, Fresno campus. Our student services include free tutoring, leadership and volunteerism at MESA Saturday academies, scavenger hunts, and student-faculty academic and social events. We also foster a high level of student-faculty interaction within our department The highlight of each semester is the festive All-Honors banquet held at the end of the term to welcome new initiates of the various engineering honor societies and celebrate the end of the semester. This banquet is co-hosted by all the engineering honor societies within the Lyles College of Engineering, including Fresno State Beta Gamma Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma.
This season, Beta Gamma has been quite active. The chapter started using a system called “Dog Bones” to maintain student activity. In order for members to maintain membership in the chapter, they are required to earn 50 Dog Bones every semester. This points system is defined as the following:
Social events are worth 20 dog bones, and volunteer events are worth 30. During the Fall 2017 semester a resume and LinkedIn workshop was hosted by the PTS Beta Gamma chapter. These workshops provided insight on everything from resume presentation to Linkedin formatting to strategic document formatting. At the end of every spring semester, students are given the opportunity to meet with industry professionals at an engineering dinner, where they may present their polished resumes to potential employers. Pi Tau Sigma is tasked with assisting in fundraising for the event throughout the year. Each semester, our students are required 8 hours of volunteer service. Beta Gamma assists in heading the volunteer services for the MESA program - a weekend challenge for elementary to highschool students to compete in science and engineering challenges. Our volunteers in the program helped teach science classes, lead biology experiments, build robotic cars, and various simple engineering designs. In early spring of 2018, we co-hosted a meet-and greet banquet with industry professionals (hosted with the Society of Women Engineers). There our students were able to converse with professionals before the annual Fresno State job fair the next day. The high-class event gave many the opportunity to learn what options they had to work in their field. Later in the semester, we co-hosted a campus-wide pie-eating event for Pi Day in conjunction with Tau Beta Pi. In April, Broomball was hosted as a social event, which garnered support from almost every member in the society. We rented an ice rink for an entire evening. Every semester, PTS hosts a scavenger hunt social event to give potential initiates a chance to get to know members, officers, and other initiates as they compete to solve riddles and find various objects around a 300 acre park. After socializing, they are given an hour to find as many pieces as possible. The as-cast PTS keys and plaques are distributed to potential initiates at the conclusion of the scavenger hunt. This event is mandatory for all potential initiates. The finished plaques are turned in on the day of initiation. Toward the end of the semester, a keypolishing event is held in an effort to give tips on how initiates can produce the shiniest key. The best decorated key and plaque is displayed at the entrance of the engineering building, and their initiation dues are waived. This spring semester was culminated with the initiation of seven new members.