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President’s Message

Members and friends of Chi Epsilon,

For 95 years, Chi Epsilon has recognized outstanding students and practitioners in civil engineering and related fields for exhibiting our four pillars: Scholarship, Character, Practicality and Sociability. Over time, the civil engineering community and Chi Epsilon have broadened to include environmental engineering, construction engineering, architectural engineering and similar disciplines. In bestowing a mark of distinction, symbolized by our key in the form of an engineer’s Transit, we challenge our members to apply the pillars in their personal and professional lives through the actions in our vision statement:

Fostering excellence, connectivity and engagement among those in the civil engineering community to improve our world.

The commitment of Chi Epsilon members does not end with initiation, but rather is the start of a higher level of professionalism. Our student members serve their departments, colleges and communities through service projects. Our National Conclave in March 2018 will include a “day of service” in Arlington, Texas. Many of our alumni members have reached substantial levels of professional accomplishment and leadership, grounded in their experience of student membership.

In its 95-year history, Chi Epsilon has grown to comprise 141 collegiate chapters and over 122,000 members. Since the fall of 2016, we have installed three new chapters at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the University of South Alabama and Morgan State University. Additionally, we are a proud member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

If you are an alumni member, faculty member, or Chapter Honor Member, thank you for “coming back,” to view our website and learn of our efforts to make Chi Epsilon relevant to the engineers of today and tomorrow. We encourage you to connect with us and view our activities on our Facebook page.

Finally, but of great importance, your financial support of our national office is critical to keeping student initiate fees as low as possible. For many years, Chi Epsilon supported its operations primarily through a one-time initiation fee. However, only five percent of our membership are students; 95% of our membership are alumni. College costs continue to rise, and many of our students are burdened with debt. We are looking to our alumni members to stay connected with Chi Epsilon, both in financial support to the General Fund and in-kind support to our collegiate chapters.

We encourage our alumni members to connect with their alma mater or nearby chapter and explore opportunities such as speaking at meetings, supporting service projects, and providing student employment. We likewise encourage you to click the “Give Now” button and further support Chi Epsilon as we recognize our students’ Scholarship, Character, Practicality and Sociability and challenge them to put these pillars into practice as professionals. We are a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) charitable organization and have Guide Star Platinum status.

General Fund

For General Fund donations click here.

Scholarship/Fellowship Fund

For Scholarship / Fellowship Fund donations click here.

Chi Epsilon Futures Endowment

For Endowment Fund donations click here.

Conclave Funding

For donations used to offset Conclave costs click here.

Futures Fund Endowment donations will be prudently invested in a diversified portfolio, including insured CD’s and low-risk, uninsured mutual funds. The long-term goal for the portfolio will be to produce an annual income which can be utilized to reduce new member initiation costs. The 2022 target for the Futures Fund Endowment is $3,000,000.

As Chi Epsilon continues to grow, so too, the costs for producing a quality Conclave experience. Individuals donating to the Conclave Fund will help reduce the cost of conclave attendance for all student delegates. Corporate sponsors please contact the National Office for more information.