Each chapter is expected to qualify at least one induction class every two years. It is assumed that an academic theatre organization worthy of a charter in ALPHA PSI OMEGA will have a theatre production program extensive enough to meet this minimum requirement.
DUES: Dues take the form of $30 per new inductee, only when they are first inducted.
Per the National Constitution, each chapter must induct new members at least once every two years or it will be considered inactive. This payment of dues is the only way we have to know that new members have been inducted and therefore that a chapter is active.
It is required that new members be reported to the National Office within 2 weeks of their Induction. We would prefer the form be typed and emailed, so we are providing it as a Word document. At this time, payment of the dues still has to be done via the US Postal Service, although we are working on that and hope to have this a fully-electronic process shortly.
MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES: Wallet-size membership cards and larger certificates are sent automatically after induction reports are filed and dues are received by the National Office.
Honorary Membership may be conferred only after writing the National Office justifying the individual’s selection and after receiving permission from the National Office. Honorary members may be other faculty, members of the local community, administrators of the college or university, or others who contribute continuously to theatre activities. Students who do not meet the “normal” requirements for membership are extremely unlikely to be approved for Honorary membership. Those already holding membership in Alpha Psi Omega, Honorary or otherwise, are already members and do not need to be nominated for Honorary status, even if they are now contributing to a chapter other than the one which honored them previously.
The Faculty Sponsor is responsible for seeing that the chapter does not become merely a social organization, but a serious organization aimed at promoting theatre on the home campus, encouraging new talent, and rewarding those who serve the college or university theatre. The Faculty Sponsor should also provide a place for the chapter records, national constitution, and other publications. The names and addresses of all members should be kept in a special roll book with these records.
FREQUENCY OF INDUCTION: A chapter may admit new members as often as necessary during the school year, but admission of new members once each academic year is recommended. Please note, if an induction report and national dues are not submitted after a two year period, the chapter will be placed on inactive status. Induction report forms with names and addresses accompanied by national dues should be forwarded to the National Business Office at least two weeks after the induction ceremony.
SUPPLIES: Wallbanners with block letters in the society colors, pins, membership scrolls, charter, national constitution, ceremonies, official song, back issues of Playbill, and so forth may be ordered from the National Office.
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.
We hope to make this process fully electronic in the near future.