UOG’s newest honor society takes root
The University of Guam launched its newest honor society — Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics — under the School of Business & Public Administration on May 17, 2019, with the induction of the chapter’s inaugural members. The Omicron Delta Epsilon is the 10th honor society at the University.
“One advantage of having a chapter of ODE is that its presence is an indication to the public at-large of the existence of a high-quality program in economics at UOG,” said Professor of Economics Maria Claret M. Ruane, who, as a member of a New York chapter of the honor society since 2005, was instrumental in launching the UOG chapter.
Since the establishment of its first chapter in 1963, Omicron Delta Epsilon has become one of the largest honor societies with more than 696 chapters around the world.
“Omicron Delta Epsilon, first and foremost, aims to recognize scholastic attainment in economics as well as to recognize outstanding achievements in economics on the part of economists at all levels,” Ruane said. “It encourages its members, as economists, to be devoted to the advancement of our science.”
Ruane will serve as a chapter advisor along with Professor of Economics Roseann M. Jones.
The chapters inaugural members are:
In order to be eligible for membership, the national chapter requires undergraduate members to make the study of economics one of their major interests. The University of Guam also set a higher criteria for membership than the national chapter. Members must have a GPA of at least 3.20 and must have taken 12 credits in economics, including two theory courses — Macroeconomic Theory and Microeconomic Theory — with grades of at least 3.0 in each course.
“I am pleased to announce that our target was more than exceeded by our student inductees, with an overall GPA of 3.90 or better and grades of A and A+ in their economics courses,” Ruane said.
Those interested in joining the Omicron Delta Epsilon honor society can contact Professor Maria Claret Ruane at 735-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.