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As a reminder, the National Meeting for 2017 is this Friday at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, KY at 6:00 PM.  We currently have 4 open positions at the National level that we will be voting on filling, Scholarships will be awarded, we'll be announcing our first Chapter Enhancement Grant recipient, and there will be time to ask questions of your National Officers and of other chapters who are there.

See you Friday!

THREE POSITIONS AVAILABLE WITH THE ALPHA PSI OMEGA NATIONAL OFFICE

NATIONAL PRESIDENT

REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE
(Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico)

REGION 5 REPRESENTATIVE
(Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)

 

The National Office of Alpha Psi Omega is seeking self-nominations for the office of National President. 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 office of president will be held by full-time or retired theatre faculty from an accredited college or university. The duties of the President are: (a) upholding the standards and guidelines of the society, (b) presiding at all National Meetings, (c) appointing national committees, and (d) appointing the Regional Representatives. The President may, on extraordinary occasions, call a special meeting. Interested parties should send a letter of interest stating why s/he wishes to be nominated, as well as an academic vita. Please submit to Bret Jones – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 15, 2017.

The National Office of Alpha Psi Omega is seeking self-nominations for Region # 4 and 5 Representatives. 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. Regional Representatives are the contact person for chapters and faculty sponsors in their regions. Any proposed regional gatherings must be approved by the Regional Representative after consultation with the National Office. Regional Representatives answer queries concerning basic society functions and standards. Regional Representatives may refer some issues to the National Office in the areas of executive, administrative, and judicial matters.Interested parties should send a letter of interest stating why s/he wished to be nominated and an academic vita.Interested parties should send a letter of interest stating why s/he wishes to be nominated, as well as an academic vita. Please submit to Bret Jones – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 15, 2017.

The Passing of Our President

A great soul and a loving heart has passed from this world. Frankie Day, beloved President of Alpha Psi Omega, died the morning of October 22, 2015 at her home in Graham, North Carolina. Even though Professor Day had been battling ovarian and stomach cancer for the last several months, she had remained active as our President until very close to the end, and her deep dedication to this Honor Society and to all the students who joined its ranks remained undiminished.

I first met Frankie when I was serving as APO’s Vice-President. At the National Meeting every March, her Theta Epsilon Chapter from North Carolina A & T State University would inevitably be the most enthusiastic chapter in the room, and they were led by the shining light of Frankie herself. When I was nominated for the office of President, I knew that we could find no one better to nominate for Vice-President than Frankie Day. She joyfully accepted the National Office’s invitation and served as Vice-President and the strong right hand to the President’s Office from 2002 to 2012. And over those years, my love and admiration for Frankie increased exponentially. In 2012, when I stepped down, Frankie was the only choice the National Office considered for the office of President. She led this organization with utter dedication and integrity, and her loss is a profound one for the National Officers and Alpha Psi Omega.

Unlike anyone else, Frankie’s spirit filled a room and her love encompassed everyone around her. She was the beating heart of Alpha Psi Omega. Her death has created a void that anyone who knew her is now feeling, but such a great soul does not pass from this world and leave it empty. Frankie’s spirit fills everyone she ever met, spoke to, touched, loved. And that’s a lot of people. Frankie Day will live on in her students, her colleagues, her family, and in this Honor Society.

Teresa Choate, President ex officio

I lost a friend to cancer yesterday. She was a bright light in this world. Her impact was larger than most, through her tireless and inspiring work as a theatre educator.

I met Frankie in March of 2006 when I attended my first Southeastern Theatre Conference as Webmaster of Alpha Psi Omega, and she was National Vice President. First impressions matter, right? Particularly in theatre? Well, Frankie was *fabulous*. Everywhere she went she brightened everyone and everything around her. She was a force of nature.

She will be missed, greatly, by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

- Joel Lord, Webmaster, Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society

 

 

I hope everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to the 2014-2015 academic year at their perspective institutions. We had a great meeting at the Southeastern Theatre Conference 2014 in Mobile Alabama.  It was standing room only! (Imagine opening night with a full house.) It was wonderful seeing so many of you at the APO meeting, displaying your APO paraphernalia, mixing and mingling, and sharing the awesome ideas and initiatives that were taking place at your university with APO. I’m looking forward to seeing even more of the membership at SETC 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee at our next national business meeting. But before I share more on that topic, I wish to thank Tommy Cox for graciously agreeing to continue to serve as Vice-President of APO until further notice. The National Officers had selected a candidate for the position, and we were preparing to hold the vote at the March 2014 meeting for his election, but unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, the individual was currently unable to serve. So, we are excited that Mr. Tommy Cox will continue as VP. His dedication and commitment to the organization is unwavering. I wish to thank all of those who expressed an interest in serving the organization. Also, I wish to personally welcome Associate Professor H. Keith Hight as our new Region 3 Representative. Professor Hight is the coordinator for the Theatre/Dance program at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Maryland.  He‘s had a long-standing affiliation with APO since his college days at UNC-Pembroke. Professor Hight has worked with existing APO chapters and started APO/ DPO chapters at the institutions he has been affiliated with during his many years of collegiate teaching. In his own words, “I am a strong believer in this organization and all that it does.” So, welcome Professor Hight! And finally, I want to thank Dr. Bret Jones and Mr. Joel Lord for the tremendous job they do to serve this organization on a daily basis. You guys are the best!

Now on to a few business items concerning the organization:

  • On the website you will find a Nomination for Honorary Member in Alpha Psi Omega form. This form is to be used for all requests for honorary membership into the organization. Please fill it out with the pertinent information and mail the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The National Office would like make two amendments to the Constitution that will need your vote at the National Meeting in March 2015. The two items are as follows:
    • “Article V, Section 8” currently reads as follows: “The National Business Manager and Web Administrator will receive stipends as determined by the National Office due to the extent of their duties.” As the President and Vice-President also receive a stipend, there needs to be an amendment to reflect this. The proposed amendment to the constitution reads as follows: “The National President, Vice-President, Business Manager, and Web Administrator will receive stipends as determined by the National Office due to the extent of their duties.”
    • “Article II, Section 2a currently reads as follows: “Completed at least two semesters of participation in theatre work at the college/university.” To bring clarity to those students transferring from another university, the proposed amendment to the constitution reads as follows: “Incoming freshman must have completed two semesters (i.e. sophomore standing); a transfer student must have completed one semester at the current institution enrolled.

Thank you for placing your confidence in me to serve as President of APO. I’m now moving into my third year and it continues to be a joy to hear from students and faculty all across the country with matters concerning the organization. Have a great year and continue to adhere to our motto: “Seek a life useful by the one and only road of service.”- Break-a-leg!