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NATIONAL OFFICER VACANCIES
National Vice President
Our Vice President, Tommy Cox, will no longer be able to serve in this office as he as accepted a position with a high school. We wish Tommy all the best with this new endeavor.
According to Section 4 of National Organization in our Constitution: “No person will be eligible for election to a national office except graduates or faculty members of the society actively engaged in theatre activities. The offices of president and vice-president will be held by full-time or retired theatre faculty from an accredited college or university.” This means that the National Office is looking for a replacement for the Vice President position of Alpha Psi Omega.
According to Powers and Duties in our Constitution Section 3 “The Vice-President will succeed to the duties and office of President in cases where the President is unable to fulfill the term of office. It is the Vice-President’s duty to be cognizant of all the affairs and policies of the society.”
This is an important and prestigious position that we need to fill. The Vice President is expected to assist with any Alpha Psi Omega business on the national level, which entails reviewing the annual scholarship applications, meeting with the other executive officers at SETC each year, and other contact hours with chapters through e-mail, phone calls, or other correspondence.
If you are faculty interested in serving the Alpha Psi Omega Honor Society, please contact President Frankie Day.
Region 3 Representative
Cleo House, Jr., Alpha Psi Omega’s Region 3 representative has taken another position, which is out of the Region 3 area, which means we are searching for a new representative for this area.
According to our Constitution: “Regional representatives will be held by full-time or retired theatre faculty from an accredited college or university and must reside in their region unless an exception is allowed by the National Office.” Representatives often act as first point of contact for chapters in their region concerning questions or inquiries about Alpha Psi Omega.
REGION 3: (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maritime Provinces, Maryland, Delaware, DC, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania).
If you are faculty interested in serving the Alpha Psi Omega Honor Society and are in the Region 3 area, please contact President Frankie Day.
PAPERLESS REPORTING OF NEW MEMBERS
To save trees and the growing number of file cabinets, the National Office is requesting that new chapter members are reported electronically to the Business Manager. For several months now the Business Manager has been converting all chapter files into PDFs for each school. Each chapter will have an electronic file that has all its history in it.
Report all new inducted members by listing inductee school, faculty sponsor & e-mail, mailing address, inductee name, and classification of inductee. Do this by e-mailing a Word or PDF document to National Business Manager Dr. Bret Jones. These documents will be filed in your chapter’s electronic folder.
This also means that if your chapter orders your file (for a fee of $15), it will be e-mailed to the faculty sponsor. No more paper copies of chapter files!
Please begin this with your next new inductee report.
Note From the President Emeritus
As the Scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote in his poem “To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough”: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley” (i.e. no matter how much you plan, things just don’t always work out the way you thought they would). As I noted last year, in March 2002, I had the honor of being elected National President of Alpha Psi Omega/Delta Psi Omega and had planned to step down March 2011 so our Vice-President, Prof. Frankie Day, could be nominated for President. However, our search for a Vice-President candidate was still ongoing, and Frankie and I agreed that rather than leave a vacant post, I would remain as President for another year. As such, I had the pleasure and honor of remaining in my post and will be retiring after a nice, round ten years instead.
I am now pleased to announce that our search has been successful. Professor Frankie Day, who after serving 10 years as the National Vice-President, will be nominated for National President. Frankie Day is the Program Director for the Theatre Arts Program and Executive Director of Paul Robeson Theatre on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. She holds the Masters of Fine Arts in Acting/Directing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and is the recipient of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's National Teaching Artist Grant, a national honor awarded to only six professors in the country in recognition of Outstanding Achievement as a Theatre Artist and Educator. The National Office is nominating Professor Thomas F. Cox of the University of West Georgia for National Vice-President. Professor Cox is a tenured, full professor holding a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from Purdue University, is a dedicated Alpha Psi Omega member and faculty advisor, holds numerous honors, and whose publications have been seen in Southern Theatre Magazine. Both will be put forth for election at the National Meeting at the SETC Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 9, 2012.
As a final word of farewell, I want to thank everyone who has made my tenure as President one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I have gotten so many calls and emails over the years from students and faculty who care deeply about our society. Some I now have the honor to call “friend” (in its original, non-Facebook meaning!). They have shown me, again and again, that the theatre attracts the most caring and dedicated people in the world. At this time of ongoing, world-wide economic hardship, when the arts and humanities are often rejected as financially unfeasible, I know that the theatre will survive because of their efforts, and the dramatic arts will continue to shine a brilliant light on the complexities of the human mind and potential of the human spirit. To every member of Alpha Psi Omega and Delta Psi Omega, to every Faculty Advisor, to our Regional Reps, to our National Officers (past and present), I offer my deepest and most heart-felt thanks. Break a leg!
E. Teresa Choate, President, 2002-2012