Newsletter Issue #140, November 2013
AL-ALPHA(0101) [Spring Hill College; advisor, Victor Difate] NEW ADVISOR. President: Bennett J. Champagne.
AL-EPSILON(0105) [University of Alabama at Huntsville; advisor, Nicholaos Jones] NEW CHAPTER. President: Rachel King, Vice- president: Nicole Westrope, Secretary: Omar Abu-Alrab, Treasurer: Reece Johnston.
CA-IOTA(0509) [Westmont College; advisor, Jim Taylor] Officers: Megan Monroe, Tyler Ogata, Riley Hall, David Baldi, Katie Shara.
DC-ALPHA(0901) [The George Washington University; advisor, Mark Ralkowski] NEW ADVISOR.
FL-MU(1012) [Florida Gulf Coast University; advisor, Carolyn Culbertson] NEW ADVISOR.
IL-ALPHA(1401) [Loyola University, Chicago; advisor, Thomas L. Carson] FORMER ADVISOR BACK FROM LEAVE. Welcome back, Dr. Carson.
IL-ZETA(1406) [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; advisor, Jon Waskan] President: Joe Alberth, Vice-president/Treasurer: Nick Turner, Vice-president/Secretary: Elissa Jeffers.
IL-IOTA(1407) [Lake Forest College; advisor, Daw-Nay R. Evans, Jr.] NEW ADVISOR.
IL-PI(1416) [Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; advisor, Saba Fatima] NEW ADVISOR. President: Robert Budron, Vice-president: Weston Blake, Secretary: Emily Baietto.
IN-ZETA(1506) [DePauw University; advisor, Marcia A. McKelligan] President: Camille Veri, Secretary: Kaleb Gregory, Treasurer: Luke Miller.
KY-EPSILON(1805) [University of Louisville; advisor, Lauren Freeman] NEW ADVISOR.
LA-GAMMA(1903) [Xavier University of New Orleans; advisor, Thora Bayer] President: Adia Wallace. Two new members were inducted at the September 24 meeting. During the meeting, members discussed progress in courses and exams, preparation for the LSAT, and entrance at GS-7 level in federal employment for honor society members.
ME-BETA(2002) [University of Maine; advisor, Kirsten Jacobson] NEW ADVISOR.
MD-EPSILON(2105) [Mt. St. Mary’s University; advisor, Michael Miller] Mt. St. Mary’s College became Mt. St. Mary’s University.
MD-ZETA(2106) [Salisbury University; advisor, Joerg Tuske] Officers: Grace Clement, Timothy Stock.
MA-IOTA(2209) [Assumption College; advisor, Pat Corrigan] President: Zebb Duffany, Vice-president: Lauren Brown, Secretary: Andrew Harmon, Treasurer: Thomas Elbourn.
MI-KAPPA(2310) [Hillsdale College; advisor, Donald A. Turner, Jr.] President: Deborah Howe, Vice-president: Margaret Cousino, Secretary: Madeleine Cooney, Treasurer: Andrew Pappas.
MO-ALPHA(2601) [Lindenwood University; advisor Rachel Douchant] The Lindenwood chapter was active last year. Rob Burns presented a keynote address, ‘‘Building a New World Amidst the Old,’’ on September 17, 2012, that was a discussion of the social ethics of Wendell Berry. Later, Jacob Krato made a presentation ‘‘Machiavelli,’’ Aaron Kothe presented ‘‘Calculating the Utility of Utilitarianism,’’ and Ron Pearlman presented ‘‘Quantum Physics.’’ The advisor, Rachel Douchant, will be moving to a new position as director of the Liberty and Ethics Center, and in January 2014 Dr. Joseph Steineger will become the new advisor for the chapter. During the fall term, students will be attending events at Dr. Douchant’s center; these events will be highly philosophical and include topics on the humanistic side of economics as well as on the history of liberty as an idea.
MO-EPSILON(2605) [Evangel University; advisor, Brandon Schmidly] Officers: Kaitlyn Justus, Caleb Fritz, Adam Olson, Emily Musy. After the induction of six new members, we discussed fall activities. We followed that discussion with a discussion of recent events with the school paper and ended with a broader discussion of ethics in journalism.
MO-KAPPA(2610) [Washington University; advisor, Anne Margaret Baxley] NEW ADVISOR.
MO-MU(2612) [University of Missouri-Columbia; advisor, Peter Vallentyne] President and Secretary: Aron Arinder, Vice-president: Chris Lenz, Treasurer: David Moore.
MO-TAU(2619) [Northwest Missouri State University; advisor, Richard Field] President: Taylor Cayce, Vice-president: Matthew Bailey, Secretary/Treasurer: Quentin Klein. Last year our chapter had scheduled Clancy Martin to speak, but the event was cancelled because of illness. We decided to renew the invitation to Dr. Martin and call a meeting for 9/11 if Dr. Martin is able.
NE-BETA(2802) [Creighton University; advisor, Ross Romero S.J.] NEW ADVISOR. President: Brandon Leppke, Vice-president: Henry Bass, Secretary: Amy Klingensmith, Treasurer: Adam Lomas, Historian: Shainna Hayes, Parliamentarian: Megan Saladee.
NJ-ETA(3107) [Seton Hall University; advisor, Abe Zakhem] FORMER ADVISOR RETURNING TO DUTY. Thanks, Dr. Zakhem.
NJ-IOTA(3109) [William Paterson University of New Jersey; advisor, Barbara Andrew] President: Sean Mulligan, Vice-president: Stephen Ercolino, Secretary: Julia Kolak. The William Paterson chapter has gone from a fledgling chapter to a chapter that is fully engaged with its members and other organizations from other colleges. We were able to organize a full paper conference in November 2012, with student speakers from regional universities. We enjoyed an afternoon of philosophical debate and banter, accompanied by food and friends. During our April 2013 induction ceremony, we initiated 12 new members. On April 27, 2013, we held a chapter mini-conference with eight student speakers on the question, ‘‘Do You Own Your DNA?’’ On September 24, 2013, we held the first Phi Sigma Tau meeting of the new term, and President Mulligan addressed the 10 attending members with his goals and agenda for the year. We discussed hosting two conferences during the year, one in the fall semester exclusively for members of the Iota chapter and the other in the spring as an open event to schools in the surrounding areas. The topic of the first conference, offered by Sean Mulligan, will be any profound philosophical controversy and will include a discussion with participating philosophy students.
NJ-KAPPA(3110) [The College of New Jersey; advisor, James Taylor] President: Yale J. Weiss, Vice-president: Olivia R. Froehlich, Secretary: George Thai, Treasurer: Sean A. Modri.
NJ-LAMBDA(3111) [Rowan University; advisor, Nathan Bauer] NEW ADVISOR.
NY-GAMMA(3303) [SUNY at Oneonta; advisor, Jean-Paul Orgeron] NEW CHAPTER. President: Christopher Mark, Vice-president: Terri ‘‘TJ’’ Jax, Secretary: Meghan Wilcox, Treasurer: Daniel Dillman. At our September 5 meeting, we discussed recruitment of new members. We considered visiting classes, joining forces with the Philosophy Club, and hand delivery of invitations so that we could talk about the honor society. Dr. Orgeron, our advisor, will help us find eligible members. We also discussed starting a bank account, raising dues, and fundraising by providing an LSAT prep course.
NY-THETA(3308) [Nazareth College; advisor, Adrian Arellano] NEW ADVISOR. President: Peter Lane, Vice-president: Nic MacLane, Secretary: Victoria Genova, Treasurer: Casey Holland. We considered the question, Does true altruism Exist? at our September 30 meeting of the Nazareth College chapter. We began by laying out a working definition of altruism as the practice or process of unselfish caring for others. Then we considered why people do good things. Do they help others out of a desire to help? Do they look for some personal benefit such as a feeling that they are good people? Then, we considered whether altruism is affiliated with religion and considered whether martyrs are altruists. We decided that an action can only be seen as altruistic if it is done unselfishly, with a good intention, and the agent does not knowingly hurt another. We read from The Brothers Karamazov where an altruistic character is discussed and defined. At the close of the meeting, we considered whether altruism could exist in a religion such as Buddhism where one believes that everything is one so that helping others also helps oneself. But we wondered whether helping oneself in such a situation would be irrelevant when the intent is for goodness.
NY-OMEGA(3324) [Niagara University; advisor, Jim Delaney] NEW ADVISOR.
NC-ALPHA(3401) [East Carolina University; advisor, John Collins] President: Katie Clements.
NC-EPSILON(3405) [University of North Carolina at Asheville; advisor, Brian E. Butler] President: Kyle Cavagnini, Vice-president: Hallie Banish, Secretary: Chris Liedtke. The chapter partners with the Prison Books Program at Asheville, is going to teach a logic course for 6th-8th grade students on the UNC Asheville campus this semester, and plans to bring in several guest lecturers for the enrichment of the Phi Sigma Tau members as well as the students of the philosophy department.
ND-ALPHA(3501) [University of North Dakota; advisor, A. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone] President: Terrance Pendergrass, Vice-president: Michelle Bonapace-Potvin, Secretary: Kyle Novak, Treasurer: Carlie Hughes.
OH-SIGMA(3618) [Baldwin Wallace University; advisor, Kelly Coble] NEW CHAPTER. Twelve new members will be inducted at a ceremony on November 20.
PA-TAU(3919) [University of Scranton; advisor, Matthew Meyer] The University of Scranton chapter of Phi Sigma Tau sponsors and publishes a journal, Discourse, that is an undergraduate journal of philosophy. ‘‘Discourse is published yearly; the goal is to provide a forum for a variety of philosophical arguments and ideas, in either creative or tradition media.’’ Jason Bohenek was the first place winner with his paper, ‘‘A Comparative Analysis of Nietzsche’s Will to Power and Darwin’s Natural Selection Theory.’’ John Mcgill was the second place winner with his paper, ‘‘A Soulful Reminder: Avicenna’s ‘Flying Man’ Devices as Reinforcement to his Independent and Immortal Soul Theorem.’’
PA-PSI(3923) [University of Pennsylvania; advisor, Kok-Chor Tan] NEW ADVISOR.
SC-BETA(4102) [Coastal Carolina University; advisor, Jon Trerise] NEW ADVISOR.
TX-LAMBDA(4411) [St. Mary’s University; advisor, James Greenaway] President: Matthew Magliacane.
VA-GAMMA(4703) [James Madison University; advisor, Anne M. Wiles] On October 10, the Virginia Gamma chapter of Phi Sigma Tau held its first Philosophers Talk About Philosophy session of the year. Dr. Levinovitz, a professor of religious studies, gave a talk titled ‘‘Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Limits of Philosophy’’ to an audience of about 50 people. The audience, in addition to philosophy students, included non-philosophy students as well as faculty from other departments. The talk was followed by a lively discussion and a question-and-answer period. Chapter members look forward to hosting more talks throughout the school year in an effort to engage students and faculty in discussions.
WI-ZETA(5006) [University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; advisor, Karin Fry] At our October 3rd meeting, we discussed the possibility of having a speaker in the spring as well as a spring initiation.
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From the Executive Secretary
Congratulations to all the new officers and to the new advisors. I want to thank you for your interest in and work for Phi Sigma Tau. Please be sure that I receive information about the programs and activities of your chapter. Our next Newsletter will be in March of 2014, and I would like to include some notice of your chapter’s activities. Your ideas for new and interesting programs may well provide ideas for other chapters and for other activities. Particularly, I would like to know about conferences, lectures, volunteer activities, and any other important programs your chapter sponsors. Several chapters have already announced conferences for student presentations, and I have forwarded several of those announcements. If I can help promote your conference by forwarding announcements, please send me the relevant information; I will be happy to forward material to the Phi Sigma Tau advisors. Conference organizers: You may wish to suggest that some of the conference participants consider submitting papers to Dialogue; students may be able to get ‘double duty’ from their work.
By now you should have received your copies of the October Dialogue; I hope you enjoy the new issue and the variety of articles and reviews that are in it. Students, please consider joining the philosophical conversation with your colleagues by submitting your best work to our editor, Dr. Steve Barbone; he is still looking at articles for the April issue. Work may be submitted to Dr. Barbone by email attachment; his address is [email protected].
Advisors, please forward this Newsletter to the members of your chapter; the electronic version may allow you to forward information about Phi Sigma Tau to recent graduates who may have left you their email addresses. This could be an excellent way to keep in touch with graduates and let them know about your program as well as the programs of Phi Sigma Tau. Former Phi Sigma Tau members who receive this Newsletter may wish to join the Alumni Chapter and continue to receive the journal as well as hard copies of the Newsletters. A free one-year membership in the Alumni Chapter is a benefit of your Phi Sigma Tau membership, though you do need to use the registration form that was contained in your membership packet and give me a current mailing address. If you no longer have that registration form, please contact me, and I will be happy to send you one.
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