Muhlenburg University

 

——Annual Report——
to the Association of College Honor Societies
2014-2015 Academic Year

 

Society Phi Sigma Tau
1. Key contacts  

a) Official ACHS Representative for fiscal year October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015
(the official representative who is appointed by the governance body of the organization)

i. Name Dr. David E. Gibson
Title Executive Secretary
ii. Address Humanities Division, Pepperdine University
  24255 Pacific Coast Highway
  Malibu
  CA 90263-4225
iii. Telephone (805)-482-0138
iv. Fax (310)-506-7307
v. E-mail address gibson@pepperdine.edu
b) National Headquarters  
i. Headquarters executive Dr. David E. Gibson
Title Executive Secretary
ii. Mailing address Humanities Division, Pepperdine University
  24255 Pacific Coast Highway
  Malibu
  CA 90263-4225
iii. UPS Address Humanities Division, Pepperdine University
  24255 Pacific Coast Highway
  Malibu
  CA 90263-4225
iv. Phone (805)-482-0138
v. Fax (310)-506-7307
vi. E-mail gibson@pepperdine.edu
vii. National web site http://phi-sigma-tau.org
c) President/Board Chair  
i. Name Dr. Lee C. Rice
Title President
ii. Address Philosophy Department
  Marquette University
  P.O. Box 1881
  Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
iii. Phone  
iv. Fax (414)-288-3010
v. E-mail lee.rice@marquette.edu

2. Internal performance and key concerns

a) Membership  
i. Annual 1202
ii. Grand Total 40546
b) Membership trends  
 
During the 2014-2015 school year, Phi Sigma Tau initiated 1202 new members. That was a slight improvement over the last two school years and was only the fourth time we have exceeded 1200 new members in a year. So, our membership seems to be holding fairly steady at around 1200 new members a year.
c) Number of chapters  
i. Total 246
ii. New in last academic year 7

d) National has an IRS Group Exemption Number (GEN).

  No.
e) 990-N IRS Form  
  Chapter
f) Benefits to members  
Our main activity is the publication of Dialogue, our journal dedicated to student publications of work in philosophy. We also publish a Newsletter three times each year describing the activity of individual chapters. Students who enroll in our Alumni Chapter continue to receive the journal, Newsletters, and an Alumni Bulletin for one year at no further charge. After the first year of membership in the Alumni Chapter, we do ask a $5.00 fee for continuing, and that fee just about covers the cost of mailing the journal and other papers.

g) Benefits to profession and society at large

 
One of our main goals is to encourage philosophical inquiry and discussion on college campuses by making students aware of the importance of philosophy. Our chapters often do that by holding conferences on their campuses, participating in local conferences, holding meetings that are open to the campus community, and engaging in other activities. We are considering a supplementary issue of our journal during the 2015-2016 school year to offer even more opportunities for student publication.
h) Accomplishments  
   
i) Challenges to your society  
 
One main challenge is to encourage chapters to remain active. Since chapters are often small (philosophy programs are often small), a committed advisor is essential to keeping the chapter active and operating. Advisors are essential to encouraging students to plan and execute various activities. Usually a junior faculty member is assigned the role of advisor; this means that there is quite a lot of advisor turnover, and the advisors often have heavy demands placed upon them for publication and tenure.
j) Renewal efforts of your society  
 
Since all of our staff work on a voluntary basis, time is limited. We need to work more to encourage chapters that are inactive to become active again. Last year we revoked the charters of nine chapters for inactivity. Sometimes inactivity is because an advisor has left, and often it is difficult to find out that an advisor has left a school. We are also looking to get some younger members onto our Executive Council to replace some members who are retiring.

k) Trends in higher education with potential impact.

 
Rising costs may impact membership, both because of possible lower enrollments and because students may have difficulty with the membership fee (though we have kept our membership fee quite low). The costs do not seem to have affected our membership requests this past year though. As tuitions increase and if students move to areas related to job opportunities, we may see a decline in membership, though often in difficult times, philosophy enrollments increase some.

l) Learning and development outcomes for assessment of chapter programming

m) Collaboration with other student groups

3. Summary of revenue and expenditures

a) Fees  
i. Initial membership fee $25.00
ii. Annual dues None
b) Total revenue  
Percentage from  
i. Initial member fees 95%
ii.Dues 0%
iii. Other sources 5%
c) Total expenditures  
Percentage for  
i. Administration 29% (postage, supplies, website, etc.)
ii. Governance 0% (all staff are volunteers)
iii. Publication 70%
iv. Scholarships/awards 1%
v. Conventions 0%

d) Retirement benefits for employees? None.

e) Audits  
i. Official audit No
ii. Compilation No
iii. Member/Committee No
review No
f) Staff  
Number full time 0
Number part time 0
g) Audits  
Whistleblower Policyt No
Conflict of Interest Policy No
Document Retention & Destruction Policy No
Process for Determining Compensation Policy No
g) Audits  
National Officers and Headquarters Staff URL:http://www.phi-sigma-tau.org/officers.html
National Office mailing, telephone, fax, & e-mail addresses URL:http://www.phi-sigma-tau.org/forms-contact.html
Criteria for Membership URL:http://www.phi-sigma-tau.org/eligibility.html
Benefits of Membership URL:http://www.phi-sigma-tau.org/membership.html
Membership Fee URL:http://www.phi-sigma-tau.org/membership.html
Bylaws URL:http://www.phi-sigma-tau.org/bylaws.html
Chapter charter policies and procedures URL:http://www.phi-sigma-tau.org/constitution.html
Society chapters have been posted to the ACHS Member Chapter Search at http://www.achsnatl.org/search.asp YES

 

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Appendix: PST Constitution.