SIGMA IOTA RHO

THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS HONOR SOCIETY
 


 
 



 
 


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]


CONSTITUTION

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 studies/affairs courses.
 

(d) Fulfill such additional requirements as may be prescribed by the local chapter.
 

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 officer.
 

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 handicap.
 

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.