Lambda Sigma

A National Honors Society for Surveying and Geomatics Students

CONSTITUTION
Article I. Name: Lambda Sigma
Article II. Objectives:
1.
To recognize and encourage high scholastic achievement.
2.
To promote knowledge and acceptance of the Surveying and Geomatics profession.
3.
To recognize the fundamental characteristics of the successful Surveyor/Geomatics professional and to aid the development of these characteristics.
4.
To support and enhance professional and student Surveying/Geomatics organizations in their growth.
5.
To encourage understanding and cooperation between Surveying and other professionals.
Article III. Organization and Membership:
1.
The selection of membership shall be based upon Scholarship, Integrity, and Camaraderie – the three primary requirements of a successful Surveyor/Geomatician.
2.
The membership shall consist of distinguished Surveying Engineering students.
3.
The Surveying Engineering staff and faculty shall be eligible for associate membership.
4.
Membership and participation shall be free from discrimination base on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or sex.
5.
Names of charter members:
Brian Andersen Sherry Kopec
David Ciampa Matthew Lieb
Gregg Davis Stephen Long
William Helbig Michael Patterson
Ronald Jones Joshua Smail
Article IV. Officers:
1.
Officers of the Honorary Society shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
2.
Method of selection of the officers shall be by majority vote of the members present. The election of officers will take place during the last sixty days of the spring semester.
3.
The term of the office shall be one year for all officers with termination at the end of the spring semester.
4.
Candidates for elective offices must be members of the honorary society and meet the requirements set for in the Penn State Student Handbook.
5.
The faculty advisor must be an associate member and shall be selected for a period of two years by a majority of the members present.
Article V. Duties of the Officers:
1.
The President shall preside at all meetings and perform duties consistent with the objectives of the Honorary Society as are deemed necessary to the efficient performance of the office. The President shall appoint the standing and special committees and act as ex-officio to all committees.
2.
The Vice President, in the absence of the President or upon his/her disability, shall assume the duties of the President. Upon resignation or death of the President, the Vice President shall become President.
3.
The Secretary shall handle and keep a record of all transactions, business, and correspondence; keep minutes of the meetings to be presented to the chapter at the next meeting; maintain an active file of all members’ addresses and pertinent information; inform all members of activities of the chapter. The Secretary shall take attendance at each meeting and include such list in the minutes at said meetings.
4.
The Treasurer shall collect all dues, assessments, and all other money owed to the chapter and act as custodian thereof; and shall audit, with the Faculty Adviser and the incoming Treasurer, the books and finances to ensure proper accounting of funds. The treasurer shall keep accounts, deposit the organization’s funds, and make expenditures in a manner approved by the official of the Fiscal Director of Student Affairs. The Treasurer shall complete a list of membership and submit said list to the secretary for the active file.
Article VI. Meetings:
1.
Meetings of the honorary society will be held at a time and place determined by the officers.
2.
There shall be at least two regular business meetings per academic year.
3.
A quorum of fifty percent (50%) of the active members is required to transact official business of the honorary society.
4.
All meetings shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.
Article VII. Dues:
1.
There shall be an initiation fee charged at pledging time.
2.
The amount of the said initiation fee shall be established by majority vote of the membership.
3.
Dues shall be paid by the second pledging meeting.
4.
Whenever funds are insufficient to meet the Honorary Society’s expenses, the deficiency shall be prorated among the members. The method of prorating a deficiency suffered by the Honorary Society shall be determined by the membership.
Article VIII. Amendments:
1.
Any proposed amendment to the Constitution must be in writing and shall be submitted to the membership one meeting prior to the meeting of ratification.
2.
To be adopted the amendment must be approved by the membership and ratified by a vote of two-thirds of the active members present at the meeting following the one in which the amendment was submitted.
3.
All amendments to the constitution or by-laws are subject to the approval of the Office of Student Affairs.
Article IX. By-Laws:
1.
Existing by-laws continue from year-to-year unless modified at a regular business meeting by a majority of the active members.
2.
All ratified or modified by-laws are subject to the approval of the Pennsylvania State University Office of Student Affairs.
3.
Membership
a. The three categories of membership are as follows:
i. Active members which consist of undergraduate students enrolled in the Surveying Engineering curriculum.
ii. Associate members who consist of faculty, alumni, graduate students in Surveying Engineering, and members of the student body that do not meet qualifications for active membership.
iii. Honorary members which consist of individuals who have contributed significantly to the areas set forth in Article II for which this organization was formed.
b. Membership is limited to:
i. Fifth and sixth semester standing Surveying Engineering students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
ii. Seventh semester or higher standing Surveying Engineering students with a GPA of 2.8 or higher.
iii. Honorary members and Associate members will be elected by a majority vote of the active members.
iv. All active members must be members of the Pennsylvania State Student Chapter of:
1. Pennsylvania Society of the Land Surveyors
2. American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
4.
Pledges
a. There shall be one pledge class in the fall semester, exact time of pledging shall be determined by the officers.
b. An undergraduate student, to be eligible for active membership, must have or be scheduled to complete at least sixty-two (62) credits with at least twelve (12) credits of which shall be in Surveying Engineering by the end of the semester of initiation.
5.
Dues
a. Dues shall be used to account for:
i. The banquet for the pledges
ii. All correspondence
iii. Certificates and pins for the pledges
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