Your school's students will benefit from a local group that helps with their studies, organizes activities, and teaches them how to be leaders. We also provide opportunities to create lifelong friendships with others interested in chemistry. Opportunities for meeting members later can help with students' employment, hiring, and future networking.
It costs nothing to establish a chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma. The expense of organizing and installing new chapters is borne by the national organization. However, faculty support and guidance is essential to developing a strong and successful chapter on your campus.
Membership is for life. The costs to join Alpha Chi Sigma are a $40 non-refundable pledge fee and a $145 lifetime membership fee, which can be paid in installments. Voluntary contributions from professional members are solicited annually. These funds are the greatest source of income through which the Fraternity carries out our programs.
Process of Expansion
1. Becoming a Collegiate Group: Students who are interested in establishing a chapter work closely with the Collegiate Expansion Committee Chair initially. When the Expansion Chair believes the school has shown enough interest and support to begin establishing a chapter, he or she will help the students submit a request that asks the Supreme Council to establish a collegiate group.
2. Collegiate Group Status: Once the request is approved, a parent chapter is assigned to the collegiate group. This parent chapter assists the collegiate group with recruiting and educating pledges on the collegiate group's campus, as well as performing initiations.
3. Colony Status: When the collegiate group is at a successful level, their District Counselor will ask the Grand Collegiate Alchemist to request that the Supreme Council move the group from a collegiate group to a colony. Once the group becomes a colony, it will recruit, educate and initiate pledges under the supervision of the parent chapter, but will do so more on their own. The colony also will host regular chapter meetings, professional events, and social events.
4. Chapter Status: When the colony is able to operate like a healthy chapter with minimal assistance from the parent chapter, the District Counselor will instruct the colony to request permission from the Grand Master Alchemist to petition for chapter status. Once the colony submits a petition, members of the Fraternity's active collegiate and professional chapters will vote on the colony's petition. If at least three-quarters of the Fraternity's active chapters approve the colony's petition, the Supreme Council will recognize the colony as a full chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma.
For more information, contact the Collegiate Expansion Committee Chair.
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