Louisiana Tech Tau Xi
Ruston, LA 71272
Charter Date April 23, 1957
Chapter No. 63
Advisor Dr. Arden Moore
In the winter of 1956, Professor J. J. Thigpen and Professor E. L. Dunning called a meeting of eligible mechanical engineering students to discuss Pi Tau Sigma at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. A petition presented to the National Council was approved by the Chapters. Louisiana Tech Tau Xi Chapter was formally installed April 23, 1957, by National President C. M. Leonard and National Secretary-Treasurer D. S. Clark.
The members of Tau Xi Chapter have set about to foster the high ideals of Pi Tau Sigma Honor Fraternity through its actions. The Louisiana Tech Tau Xi Chapter sponsors many activities during the school year. Some of these activities include a smoker during which members and eligible candidates can get acquainted, projects for the candidate class and a banquet for all the members.
ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS
2019-2020 Richard Fontenot, President
The Louisiana Tech Tau Xi Chapter utilized the 2019-2020 academic year to maintain an active student role in extracurricular and community events. The Chapter also responded to the effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on higher education, maintaining essential chapter initiations and functions during this time.
The Louisiana Tech Tau Xi Chapter held two initiations this school year. The fall initiation was on October 9th, 2019, and 13 new members were initiated. The spring initiation was on April 23rd, 2020, and 3 new members were initiated. The Tau Xi Chapter continued the great tradition of awarding the sophomore of the year award to a student nominated by a faculty member and selected after an interview process. This was held at the annual hog roast hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at Louisiana Tech. This event is a well-attended event for mechanical engineering faculty and students to network and connect with alumni for homecoming.
The Chapter provided great opportunities for volunteering, through tutoring different mechanical engineering classes like the first statics and mechanics of materials class. This also served as a community bonding opportunity and outreach within the College of Engineering and Science. New officer elections were held in the Winter Quarter 2019-2020 as well.
The onset of COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 has brought many difficulties and hardships to students across the world. The pandemic had a direct effect on the events the Chapter was to host/attend in early 2020. The Chapter had also planned to participate in the annual Engineering and Science Day (E&S) Day held through the college to help promote STEM to high school students in Louisiana. The Chapter was also due to participate in the Big Event, an event run through the Louisiana Tech Student Government Association where students, staff, and faculty all assist the greater Ruston community through various service projects. The April 23rd initiation was held virtually due to the pandemic as well.
The engineering faculty and student community at Louisiana Tech grew closer during these tough times. The Associate Dean of the College of Engineering hosted virtual karaoke nights that members of the chapter attended, raising the spirits of students to finish the Spring Quarter strong.
Other miscellaneous activities include Chapter President Rick Fontenot attending the annual national conference at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. This was a great opportunity to connect with other members of different Pi Tau Sigma chapters at Universities all over the world. Great ideas were shared and brainstormed at the conference for the future of the Tau Xi Chapter. These ideas include fundraising and awareness events like the old calculator toss competition for charity. This also continued our interactions and connection to the national organization.
Fall 2019 Initiation
Left to Right: Jace Ball, Robert Blewer, Myles Landry, Robert Simmons, Vedie Lavan, David McCauley, Matthew Marton, Carli Raupp, Richard Fontenot, Abigail Morgan, Jordan Serna, Grant Mabile, Zachary Harper
Spring 2020 Initiation
New Members: Logan Thames, Joshua Hagberg, Caleb Swafford | Officers Present: Richard Fontenot, David McCauley, Zachary Harper, Grant Mabile, Jordan Serna