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

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Beginning September 1, 2018, all donations made to Chi Epsilon will be placed in the General Fund. At the time of donation, a portion of each gift will be allocated to fund scholarships, fellowships, and teaching awards. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Chi Epsilon will present $66,000 in awards to students, e.g., thirteen $3,500 awards, ten $2,000 awards to deserving students, and one $500 James M. Robbins ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award. Additionally, the Society will be setting aside a portion of the annual donations to build our longterm financial holdings.

Student Member Donation

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Chi Epsilon needs your help to move the vision and mission of our Society forward. Student members of Chi Epsilon are encouraged to make an annual donation in support of our operations.

Chi Epsilon Futures Fund

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As we approach our 100-year anniversary, members are encouraged to make a special donation to our Futures Fund. Our goal is to have more than $3,000,000 in this Fund. Eventually, earnings from the Futures Fund will be used to offset a portion of costs currently included in our new member initiation fees.