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Members of the Wyoming Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, recently elected new officers for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to recognize students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character.
There are now collegiate chapters at 230 U.S. colleges and universities, active alumni chapters in 16 districts across the country, and a total initiated membership of more than 480,000.
Wyoming Alpha is the state's only Tau Beta Pi chapter. It sponsors tutoring for underclassmen, hosts blood drives, coordinates the College of Engineering spring banquet and hosts community projects.
The Wyoming Alpha Chapter won the R.C. Matthews Award as the nation's most outstanding chapter in 2001 and again in 2004. The chapter also won runner-up honors for this same national award in 2002. Last fall, the chapter was one of only 17 recipients of the Tau Beta Pi Performance Scholarship, recognizing outstanding service during 2004-2007.
The new officers for the 2008-2009 year are:
Casper -- Gina Bertoglio (Joint Engineering Council representative, chemical engineering).
Cheyenne -- Christina Piroutek (historian, chemical engineering).
Douglas -- Ashli Babbitt (recording secretary, mechanical engineering).
Gillette -- Nitan Bahnson (corresponding secretary, architectural/civil engineering).
Green River -- Kendra Hamel (vice president of projects, architectural engineering).
Laramie -- Arthur Herrera (Joint Engineering Council representative, mechanical engineering).
Parker, Colo. -- Alicia DeMino (president, electrical engineering).
Riverton -- Danielle Babione (vice president of banquet, architectural engineering).
Rock Springs -- Anthony Allais (webmaster, mechanical engineering); Daniel McCarthy (treasurer, computer engineering).