THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS HONOR
Student Members: (from left to right) Darryl Payne, Xiaoqin Zhang Guo, Sara Crews, Gregory Trammell, Melissa McCaleb, Cigdem Akkan, Sal Peralta. [Not pictured: Robert Doyle, Miguel Martinez, William Roberts, Susanne Gadomski]
Article I - Name
Section 1. Name.
The Society shall be known as the Georgia State University Chapter of
Sigma Iota Rho, The International Affairs Honor Society.
Section 2. Symbol.
The letters EIP stand for the following Greek words:
SIGMA (E) for "synesi," meaning Prudence;
IOTA (I) for "ideodoi," meaning Ideals; and
RHO (P) for "romi," meaning Power.
These three words signify some of the most important values studied
by those in the field.
Article II - Purpose
Section 1. Purpose.
The purposes of this Society shall be to promote and reward scholarship
and service among students and practitioners of international studies and
international relations and to foster integrity and creative performance
in the conduct of world affairs.
Article III - Membership
Section 1. Classes.
Sigma Iota Rho is an interdisciplinary honor society specializing in
the interdisciplinary field of international affairs. There shall be three
classes of membership: student, faculty, and honorary.
Section 2. Student Membership.
Election to student membership shall be by a local chapter from among
such Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students of the institution in which
such chapter is located as may meet or exceed the following qualifications:
(a) Have completed work in international studies, including internationally
related courses in anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography,
history, political science and/or other related disciplines as determined
by the local chapter;
(b) Have attained a Junior standing and completed at least twenty hours of course work toward the International Studies major or minor (including at least two course at the 300 or 400 level) or toward the Political Science International Affairs Concentration (including at least two courses at the 300 or 400 level).
(c) Have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher
in all courses, and a grade point average of at least 3.3 in international
(d) Fulfill such additional requirements as may be prescribed by the
Section 3. Faculty Membership.
Any interested member of the faculty involved in the teaching of courses
giving credit in international studies/affairs at Georgia State University
may be elected to faculty membership. Faculty members shall possess all
the privileges of membership.
Section 4. Honorary Membership.
Any person of recognized ability and achievement in the field of international
studies/affairs may be elected an honorary member. No more than two such
members may be elected in any one academic year. Honorary members shall
possess all the privileges of active membership except that of being an
Section 5. Subsequent Service.
All persons duly elected to membership (other than honorary) by a local
chapter who are subsequently enrolled as students or are serving as faculty
members in a different institution at which a chapter is located shall
be deemed members of the chapter.
Section 6. Selection.
Selection to membership shall be by procedures determined by the local
chapter, in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution. Membership
will not be restricted on the basis of gender, race, national origin, or
Section 7. Initiation Fees and Dues.
Each member shall pay such initiation fees and annual dues as may be
prescribed by the local chapter, which includes any national fees applying
at that time.
Section 8. Pins and Keys.
The members shall receive certificates of membership and may purchase
pins, keys, and other symbols of membership as may be available from the
National Director of Sigma Iota Rho on such terms and under such conditions
as the National Council may determine.
Article IV - Government
Section 1. Autonomy.
The chapter shall have full control of its individual affairs, subject
to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society.
Section 2. Officers.
The student officers of the chapter shall be elected by the student
membership in April for the next academic year from the active members
of the chapter. Officers of the chapter may be removed from office, and
membership of a member may be revoked by a 3/4 vote of all members on the
membership list and at least one half of the other officers. An officer
may be removed from office or a member's membership may be revoked if he/she
loses full-time status or is unable to adequately fulfill his/her duties.
(a) President: An elected president will preside at all meetings
of the chapter. He or she will maintain the power to appoint all committee
chairpersons and shall present all motions to the chapter.
(b) Vice-President: A Vice-President shall be elected whose duties
shall be to preside at all meetings and functions that the President cannot
attend and assist the President in directing the affairs of the chapter.
(c) Secretary-Treasurer: A Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected
whose duties shall be to handle all dues, accounts, new members, rule observations,
etc., at all stated meetings and protocol, and conduct other such duties
as are assigned by the President. The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain
all financial records, and shall counter-sign all financial transactions
with the President or Faculty Advisor.
(d) Executive Committee: The three officers shall constitute
the Executive Committee of the chapter, which will direct the affairs of
the chapter with the assistance of the Faculty Advisor. The Executive Committee
shall have the power to make decisions for the chapter between regular
meetings. All actions taken by the Executive Committee shall be reported
to the members of the chapter.
(e) Replacement: In the event of a vacancy in any office, the
Executive Committee shall select a replacement to serve until a new officer
is elected by the general membership at the next regular business meeting.
Article V - Faculty Advisor
The Faculty Advisor shall be a faculty member teaching courses in international
studies/affairs at Georgia State University. The Advisor will assume those
responsibilities as outlined in this Constitution.
Article VI - Amendments
Amendments to this Constitution must be submitted in writing at a regular
or special meeting of the chapter. Said amendments will be voted on at
the subsequent meeting. Amendments may be adopted by a 3/4 vote of the
active members or by a 2/3 vote of the active members and a majority vote
of the chapter Executive Committee. The same amendment may not be proposed
more than once during any academic year.
Article VII - Meetings
General meetings shall be held at a prescribed day and hour as decided
upon by the chapter in its first special meeting.
A quorum consists of a simple majority of the membership plus at least
one officer. Robert's Rules of Order shall govern all meetings.
Contact Dr. William M. Downs for more information.