Tau Beta Pi April Officer eNotes
This page contains the latest Tau Beta Pi information and links to keep you informed and to help you succeed with your spring chapter responsibilities. A summary is at the top of the page with links to more detailed information and references. Check out additional chapter resources as various chapter operations and support opportunities continue to be conducted virtually.
- Submit your Report of Officer and Advisor Election within two weeks of electing new officers.
- Hold an Officer Transition meeting.
- Look for the NEW Chapter Survey and Advisors Evaluation.
- Place orders early for graduation stoles and honor cords.
- Read the latest news from the Student Advisory Board.
- NOTE THESE UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES:
- Plan to attend your April District Conference.
- Register for the remaining virtual Spring Engineering Futures Session.
- Attend the April 10 Tau Bate Talk.
- Don't miss this month's Chapter Chats and Chapter Development Committee discussions.
- April is National Volunteer Month.
- Submit Executive Council Nominations by July 1.
- Plan to attend the annual Convention September 29-October 1.
You should report your newly elected officers using the electronic reporting system within two weeks of holding elections. Plan a transition meeting with new and old officers and consider utilizing the official installation procedure
in the Officer's Handbook. One of the most important roles of a current officer is to ensure a smooth and effective transition of chapter leadership.
In addition to student officers, you must also elect and update your advisors. You can do this in the electronic reporting system by selecting Modify Advisor before you submit your Report of Officer and Advisor Election. Change an advisor's term to "none" if their term has expired or update the term if the advisor was re-elected. Each chapter should have at least four advisors (including one chief advisor), and each should serve four years. Ideally, one advisor's term should expire each year. Review the February 2013 issue of The Bulletin for ways to find advisors and utilize them. A chapter must submit four advisors with valid terms of office on the Report of Officer and Advisor Election.
Ensure that all advisors and new officers are acquainted. After you have elected new officers, meet with them and pass on the acquired knowledge for your position. This includes obtaining the eligibility list, reserving rooms, location of initiation kit, responsibilities of officer positions, etc. Keep good notes and pass them on to your successor.
Headquarters is in the process of revising the Chapter Survey and Advisors Evaluation. Both reports will become available for entry and submission late in April. The goal of the revisions is to capture better data from our chapters to make data-driven decisions in the future. An email will be sent out to the chapters when these reports are available. If possible, please plan for outgoing and incoming officers to work on the reports together as a transitional activity.
All requests for chapter graduation regalia should be placed through the Chapter Supplies section of the Tau Beta Pi Store. Please order as early as possible and allow a minimum of 2-4 weeks for processing and shipping. As a reminder, requested regalia will be held until any old outstanding chapter balances are paid in full. Also, notify your members if your chapter has placed restrictions on individual orders.
Created in 2013, the SAB is a committee of TBP members who serve to provide recent graduate and student input to the Executive Council and Executive Director, especially outside of Convention.
The SAB identifies and prioritizes areas of potential improvement in TBP and works to implement these improvements, as well as to enhance resources for collegiate chapter officers.
Check out our Toolkit document on Officer Transitions as we move into the last few weeks of the semester! If you have a slate of all-new officers, consider having them mentored by an SAB member, and we'll be in touch (Mentoring Interest Form)! Visit the SAB web page to learn more and read about all twelve members of the board.
District Conferences are being held in both virtual and in person formats this year and Districts 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, and 16 are hosting them in April. These conferences include members from all the chapters in your District and are an invaluable training tool for new officers and members who want to be more involved with the Association. The primary goal is to aid in chapter officer transition and onboarding to help maintain continuity for chapter leadership. They also provide a great opportunity to network and have fun, even virtually! Conferences are coordinated by District Directors who are a vital resource for your chapter. Directors' contact information is available online. The 2022 District Conference schedule can be found here.
The last session of the Engineering Futures Online Spring program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET. Join Matt Hennemann as he presents an informative talk on Investing Basics.
Please join us for the next Tau Bate Talk on Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m. ET. Aprille Ericsson, Ph.D., DC A '86, will speak about her extensive career in aerospace at NASA Goddard Space Center.
During her 27+ year tenure with NASA, Dr. Ericsson has held numerous positions. In 2017, she assumed the position of New Business Lead (NBL) for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Instrument Systems and Technology Division. In this role, she seeks to foster government partnerships that enable industry and small businesses to collaborate with universities, to compete for opportunities to solve strategic R&D challenges faced by various government agencies within the United States.
Dr. Ericsson received her Bachelor of Science in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from MIT. She received her Master of Engineering and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Howard University (HU) with an aerospace option. Dr. Ericsson was honored as a Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumna in 2018.
You can read more about her here. Please register to attend at this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This event is limited to the first 300 people to register. Contact , if you would like to be notified of future talks.
The next Chapter Chat will take place on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. E.T. Join Alex Cross as he presents End of Year/Summer Reports. This session will cover the final reports of the year, recap any missing membership reports, and a look ahead to the fall semester.
All sessions are conducted using Zoom. Anyone interested in attending should register using the Google Form. A reminder will be sent one week prior to the session with the actual information being provided on the day of the event. Sessions will be recorded and posted for those unable to attend. For links and passwords to Zoom recordings of past Chapter Chats, click here.
To help close out the year, the Chapter Development Committee will host a discussion on Wednesday, April 13, at 8:00 p.m. E.T. Register here for Finishing the Year Strong. If you are not able to attend, them with questions. We look forward to your participation!
The Chapter Development Committee is a group of Tau Bate alumni working on resources and programs to help TBP chapters in their efforts to grow and improve. The committee will present at least one special topic discussion each month. These sessions focus on improving chapter health by increasing membership and leadership, developing engaging chapter activities, and increasing campus visibility.
More than 1,000 volunteers support Tau Beta Pi throughout the year with educational programs,
leadership, governance, alumni outreach, mentoring, advising, and through contributions of
their personal time and financial support. Follow Tau Beta Pi on social media as we say THANK YOU to our Volunteers during April, and daily during National Volunteer Week, April 17-23. If you are no longer a volunteer or have any other changes to report (such as your title or trailer(s) that should appear after your name), please do so
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The 2022 TBP Convention will elect three members to serve on the Executive Council (EC) for the 2023-25 term. Members interested in serving on the EC must be nominated by a chapter — either collegiate or alumni — by July 1. The Executive Director can work with candidates needing a formal nomination.
Candidates with experience in a variety of functions: management, finance, teaching, business, research, etc. and those with knowledge in the areas of image enhancement, branding, fundraising/development, alumni relations, and advising collegiate chapters are strongly encouraged to consider running. Read the position description for more information. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in learning more, review this letter for more information. Send nominations to .
The annual Tau Beta Pi Convention is scheduled for September 29 - October 1 in Knoxville, TN, hosted by Tennessee Alpha at the University of Tennessee, and The Great Smoky Mountains Alumni Chapter. At this time, plans are underway to hold an in-person Convention and a Recruiting Fair on September 29. Look for an email with more information on deadlines for electing your official chapter voting delegate, submitting credentials, and registration.
We value your membership and the great work that you do for your chapter and Tau Beta Pi. The HQ staff is available to help you; contact us whenever you have questions via or by phone at 865/546-4578. HQ contact information, including mailing addresses, is available here.