THE NEW CENTURY

2000 – 2010

 

The new century, which has been a time of remarkable growth for the society, officially began with the 2000 National Convention celebrating the 75th year since the establishment of Sigma Zeta.  A motion was passed to send anniversary mugs and pens to all advisors as a token of appreciation.  Another initiative was the establishment of a mutual fund account in the amount of $10,000 to provide interest income for various national awards. 

                  In 2001 Beta Omicron was installed at Madonna University, Livonia, MI.  Efforts began to place all issues of The Sigma Zetan on an expanded and updated Sigma Zeta website published now at sigmazeta.org.  A decision was made to upgrade the honor award pin to a larger form usable as a keychain or necklace pendant.  The Gamma chapter asked the executive council advice on the disposition of $3000 in their bank account because the chapter had been inactive.  Plans were made to try to reactivate the chapter and hold the funds for 5 years.

                  At the 2003 Convention, student presentations were videotaped for the first time.  Mileage allotment for travel to the convention was raised from $0.20/mile to $0.30/mile.  Choices of tie tacks were added to the list of jewelry.  The Sigma Zeta fiscal year was changed to July 1 to June 30.  Web forms for submission of abstracts and meeting registration were developed.  All issues of The Sigma Zetan, along with historical archive documents and scrapbooks were published to the website.  Historian Bob Moffitt (Alpha Gamma, Malone University) developed a CD with this same information.  President Jim Reynhout (Beta Iota, Bethel University) made a plea for the organization to infuse new blood, new visions and new and younger faculty to lead the National Organization.  He also presented six steps to help chapters reach a new level of excellence (The Sigma Zetan, vol.69:24).

                  Poster presentations were introduced at the 2004 convention and Cary Guffey (Sigma, Our Lady of the Lake University) published his first issue of The Sigma Zetan as National Editor that year.  A new high of 579 new members were initiated.  A set of guidelines for the annual audit was published in The Sigma Zetan (vol. 60, p. 20-21).  A report on reactivating the Gamma chapter was made.  Beta Pi was installed at the University of Arkansas/Monticello, Monticello, AR.  At the 2005 convention, Dr. Millard Niver (Alpha Gamma, Malone University) was presented a $200 award in honor of his many years of service as National Recorder/Treasurer.  Also at the convention, it was moved that copies of the Sigma Zetan be sent to each chapter annually.  The Beta Eta chapter at Evangel University was reactivated that year and the following chapters were installed: Beta Rho Chapter at Castleton State College, Castleton, VT and Alpena Associate Chapter at Alpena Community College, Alpena, MI.

                  In 2006, the national officers/advisors meeting was snowed in at Philadelphia and at that meeting, travel reimbursement was increased to $0.40/mile.  An awards committee was formed to judge oral and poster presentations and the first annual $100 awards were presented for best presentations at that convention.  Items of business completed at the 2007 Convention included official recognition of the Web Master as a national officer with office duties to be added to the constitution.  A presidential newsletter, Sigma Zeta Connections was initiated by President-Elect Mike Henshaw (Beta, McKendree University).  A recommendation to revise the “Introducing you to Sigma Zeta” pamphlet was made.  Also that year the Beta Sigma Chapter was installed at Baker University, Baldwin City, KS.

                  At the 2008 convention, Harold Wilkinson (Pi, Millikin University) was honored with a special thank you as he retired after ten years of service as Sigma Zeta’s first Executive Director.  The Upsilon and Alpha Gamma chapters were new attendees at that convention.  Cary Guffey (Sigma, Our Lady of the Lake University) stepped down as Historian and suggested his position be separated into Publicist and Historian.  Changes to the constitution regarding the Webmaster position and other National officer duties were voted into effect unanimously.  Beta Tau Chapter was installed at Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC that year.  In 2009, Beta Upsilon was installed at Marygrove College in Detroit, MI and Beta Pi was installed at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.