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Omicron Delta Epsilon Chapter News

The following information about chapter activities was compiled from the chapter Reporting forms that were submitted by the Faculty Advisors last Spring. If any of the information is incorrect, please notify us and we will correct it. If your school's activities do not appear here and you have some that you would like to be included, send us the information and we will include it. 

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David Gay, Chapter Advisor for the Eta Chapter at the University of Arkansas announced that the chapter inducted 27 new members in the 2012-2013 academic year.


Dr. Tom Larson, Chapter Advisor for the Eta Chapter at California State University - Los Angeles announced that the chapter held a dinner meeting on November 10, 2013, and held the spring dinner and induction ceremony on May 30, 2014. Officers are: Sandor Ferencz, vice president and Samantha Gardner-Lin, treasurer.

The Alpha Eta Chapter at Whittier College Faculty Advisor Gregory R. Woirol announced the officers for 2012-2013. Adam Wohlsen is president and Richard Hoover is vice-president.



The Zeta Chapter at Eastern Connecticut State University received an ODE Chapter Project Grant for the spring of 2014. The funds were used to support various activites. A portion of the funds was used as awards to recognize students who wrote the best papers in economics during the fall 2013 semester. The planned to use the balance of the funds to bring in a speaker in the fall 2014 semester.

The Zeta Chapter at Eastern Connecticut State University held its annual induction ceremony on April 16, 2014, inducting 10 new members.


Dr. Jan E. Christopher, chapter advisor of the recently reactivated Beta Chapter at Delaware State University, says the 2010-2011 academic year got off to a roaring start with the hiring of three new faculty members in Economics and Finance. The first task was to organize a working group with the new faculty. As a result of the working group, which placed ODE high on its agenda, a lecture series was begun that included Vanessa Gail Perry as the keynote speaker. As a result of this first lecture, the second lecture included Senator Tom Carper, and the subsequent lectures were funded by a private foundation. "The process of reviving the Beta Chapter of Delaware ODE has been fun and enjoyable," said Dr. Christopher. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with ODE."

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The Beta Chapter at Howard University reported on their chapter grant project. The chapter was awarded an ODE Chapter Project Grant for spring 2012. The chapter used these funds to hold a Career Fair. Their Career Day was held on March 30 and included an opening talk and presentations by speakers from the Congressional Budget Office, the AOC Administrative Office, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Department of the Treasury. ODE congratulates the Howard University chapter on a job well done.

Dr. Sharron Terrell announced that the Epsilon Chapter at The University of the District of Columbia held their initiation on May 14, 2012. The president for the chapter is Kristyna Nepvodova.

The Epsilon Chapter at The University of the District of Columbia hosted three speaker panels of international scholars, including on Fulbright Scholar, from various Eastern European countries in spring 2011. Epsilon Chapter members also attended "An Afternoon at the Fed," a panel discussion and luncheon hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Officers for the chapter are Grace Mulenga, president; and Antonio Hoskins, vice-president.


The Upsilon Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University held its annual induction ceremony on April 18, 2014, inducting 12 new members. Chapter officers are Eric Kreiger, president; Chad Lyons II, vice president; and Gonzales Lafalaise, secretary/treasurer.


Thirteen new inductees received their ODE scrolls in the fall 2010 ceremony of the Delta Chapter at the University of West Georgia, and Spring 2011 brought ten new members. Faculty Advisor James H. Murphy announced 2011-2012 officers are Cassandra Sosebee, president; and Tiffany Brady, vice president.The Mu Chapter at Agnes Scott College held its annual induction ceremony in November 2010. They also held a senior reception in May 2011. Chapter officers are Sarah Batchelor, president; Jia Yu, vice president/secretary/treasurer.



The Delta Chapter at Northwest Nazarene University received an ODE Chapter Projects grant for spring 2016. The grant fundsallowed Erik Madrigal to present the paper "outcome Uncertainty, the Superstar Effect and Live Attendance in Professional Boxing" at the 91st Annual COnference of the Western Economic Association International in Portland, OR on July 2, to send two ODE members, Sergio Mendoza and Jacob Meyer, to present at the 49th Annual Conference of the Missouri Valley Economic Association in Memphis.


Dr. Annette Tomal, chapter advisor for the Mu Chapter at Wheaton College, announed that he chapter held their initiation ceremony on April 19, 2013. held a New Charter and Member Induction Ceremony in 2011. Chapter officers are Korey Dalton, president/secretary; and Andrew Flavin, vice president/treasurer.


The Lambda Chapter at The University of Southern Indiana inducted six new members on October 24, 2013. George Stanley, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley was the 2012 Distinguished speaker. Andy Perry, this year's ODE Distinguished Speaker, gave a presentation at the initiation ceremony. Chapter officers are Brent Epley, president; Tim O'Brien, vice president; and Andrew Scheier, secretary/treasurer.


The Lambda Chapter at Graceland University held their fourth induction ceremony on April 22, 2016. At this event, the chaptor advisor, Rob Poulton, and the previous year's inductees welcomed nine new members into the chapter. Their officers are: President -Caitlin Weeks; Vice President - Manuel Bompart; Secretary -Brittani LaRusso; and Treasurer - Pilar Ortiz Casillas.



Faculty Advisor Martin Milkman reported that the Kappa Chapter at Murray State University Held their annual induction ceremony on April 11, 2016. The chapter inducted six new members.

The Beta Chapter at Berea College reactivated their chapter in November of 2013 and inducted six new members. Their officers are: President - Samuel Tincher; Vice President - Hsin-Ta Tsai; Secretary - Cody Vaughn; and Treasurer - JeLisa Smallwood.

Faculty Advisor Tony Weiss reported that the Alpha Chapter at Tulane University sponsored an "Econ and Pop-culture" contest in fall 2010. Faculty members acted as judges and the prizes were Barnes and Nobel gift cards. In spring 2011, the chapter co-sponsored with the Liberal Arts School a jeopardy style quiz bowl, and co-sponsored the movie "Freakonomics." Additionally the chapter held fall and spring peer-advising sessnions. Chapter officers are Sean Higgins, President; andEvan Goldstein, Vice-President. 


Centenary College of Louisiana was awarded a spring 2016 Chapter Projects Grant. With these funds, the three economics professors took six ODE members and economics majors to Dallas on March 31, 2016, where they attended a reception at the Federal Reserve Bank. Michael Pullano and C. Paul Arcement has their senior papers accepted for presentation of the Economic Scholars Program. Katie Chopin's paper was accepted for poster presentation. One of their chapter's new;y initated members served as a discussant.




The Alpha Epsilon Chapter at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth inducted 12 new members at their ceremoney April 30, 2014. The chapter held regular weekly meetings and had two movie showings -- Money for Nothing and Schooled: The Economics of Sports -- folllowed by discussion in the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Gamma Chapter at Boston College held "Peer Advising" to help new majors plan their course selections in the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters.. The Chapter held luncheon panel discussions on topis such as Careers in Economics, Graduate School in Economics, and Consulting Opportunities for Economics Majors.  The Annual Induction Dinner was held April of 2011. The chapter officers for 2010-2011 are: Jay Manchi, president; Catherine Slater, vice-president; and Nick Franco, treasurer.  Robert Murphy is the Faculty Advisor. 

Members of the Alpha Zeta Chapter at University of Massachusetts - Lowell attended a conference organized by the Boston Fed on "Mismatch in the Labor Market," in October 2010. They also attended campus speaker events featuring Dr. Eric Rosengren, with the New England Federal Reserve Bank; Eric Brunner, with Quinnipiac University; Junfu Zhang, with Clark University; and  Kohn Luiz, with University of Witwatersrand, SOuth Africa. The chapter advisor is Monica Galizzi.


Mehmet Yaya, chapter advisor for the Eta Chapter at Eastern Michigan University announced that in the fall of 2016, the chapter ODE officers gave presentations to promote ODE in various Economics classes.In February 2017, Bernard Swiecki from the Center for Automotive Research visited the chapter and discussed the automotive inductry, the factors that affect it, and how it is set up . Chapter officers are Shawn Davies, president; Tiara Ginyard, Secretary; and Jeffrey Ketz, Treasurer.


The Kappa Chapter at Minnesota State University - Mankato inducted 12 new members (one honorary) on April 23, 2014. The chapter sponsored two students, Ozlem Barin and Matthew Petersen, to the Minnesota Academy of Science Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2014. They co-sponsored the spring special advising session for economics majors and minors on April 29, 2014, featuring alumni speaker William Sinclair. Additionally, reported Ihsuan Li Chapter Advisor, three chapter members participated at the Midwest Undergraduate Analytics Competitions. Officers are Ozlem Barin, president; Brett Bomsta, vice president; Matthew Petersen, Secretary/treasurer; and Marinda Phandanouvong, webmaster.

Kristine West , chapter advisor for the Zeta chapter at University of St. Catherine, announced that the chapter inducted 3 new members at their annual awards dinner, bringing their membership to 101.

The Beta Chapter at St. Olaf College sponsored a fall 2010 open house for underclassmen before spring registration with a panel of senior economics majors reflecting on the economics major, management concentration, and the job/grad school search process before graduation. In spring 2011, the chapter attended seminars and hosted speakers at the Economics Summit at St. Olaf. The Beta Chapter also edited and published the spring volume of the St. Olaf Economics Journal. Officers are Rod Hubbard, president; ThuLe Tran, vice president; Kristine Amundson, Secretary; and Katarine Braafladt, Treasurer.





The Epsilon Chapter at The University of Nebraska- Kearney announced that 2013-2014 activities at their chapter included holding a documentary movie event, "Inside Job"; the Dean's student advisory board met with guest speakers, and chapter members attened the UNK speaker presentation, and provided inpout onm student organization enrollment. Recruitment was an ongoing activity. Chapter officers are: Kevin Carder, president; Kelsey Hemmann, vice president; and Gary Bush, secretary/treasurer.


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The Beta Pi Chapter at Wagner Collete held several activities during the 2015-2016 academic year. On October 25, 2015, the chapter invited an ODE alumand Wagner COllege adjusnct professor to speak about ow being a member of ODE has impacted his career. On November 18, 2015, a faculty member's wife spoke about her extensive economic research in development economics and labor economics. On March 22, 2016, former studentsco-hosted the annual Welcome Back Party with the Economics Department. On December 9, 2013, they hosted a Finals Coffee and Donuts Study break, providing coffee and donuts to ODE members during reading days at the end of the fall semester. A casual Meet and Greet on April 24, 2014 helped bring together newly invited ODE members with current members. On May 6, 2014 the chapter held their ODE induction ceremony and end-of-the-year party. Officers are: Megan Modic, president; RJ Voorman, vice president; Sabrina Fruci, secretary; and Katie O'Keefe, treasurer.

The Alpha Lambda Chapter at SUNY-Oneonta held its annual induction ceremony and announced the officers for 2014: Jennifer Rushlow, president; Kyle Sisco, vice president; Mariel Doyle, secretary/treasurer. The chapter reports that they invited two economic alumni to visit the campus and give a presentation on "The Current State of the Labor Market." A Bloomberg representative also visited to demonstrate how the Bloomberg terminals can be used for economic research. Dr. Bryan C. McCannon, newly appointed chapter advisor for the Beta Alpha Chapter at Saint Bonaventure University announced that the chapter is trying to revitalize after a long period of dormancy. Dr. McCannon hopes to recruit members for ODE in 2014 and begin a student economics club in the 2014-2015 academic year to work collaboratively.

Chapter Advisor Thomas P. Lyons of the Kappa Chapter at Cornell University announced that on April 18, 2012 the chapter held a luncheon to induct 43 new members and award certificates and graduation cords. They also bid farewell to members set to graduate in May. Dr. Lyons announced the chapter officers as: Zachary Peskin, president; Erick G. Castillo, vice president; Nicole Collins, secretary; and Barom Yang, treasurer.

North Carolina

The Tau Chapter at The University of North Carolina-Charlotte reported their officers for 2015-2016 are: Amanda Bill and Matt Withrow, president; Ethan Norman, vice-president; Katherine Selix, Secretary/Treasurer; and Matt Bogert, Treasurer.

The Tau Chapter at Campbell University sponsored speakers Richard Kaglic of the Richmond District Federal Reserve Bank and Larry White of George Mason University during 2010-2011. They also sponsored the showing of "Inside Job," Chuck Ferguson's award winning documentary on the financial crisis. The Chapter advisor is Mark Steckbeck.

The Lambda Chapter at Western Carolina University held their fall initiation in October 2010. Anthony Ballard was recognized as their 2010-2011 "Outstanding Economics Student." New officers are: Francis Spencer-Skee Orr, President; Hayden Smith, vice-president; Brittany Burch, Secretary; and Terry Davis Knight, Treasurer.

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Jordan Suter, Chapter Advisor for the Alpha Theta Chapter at Oberlin College announced that the chapter inducted 10 new members in 2012-2013.



The Eta Chapter at Portland State University, announed that the chapter has gone through a large transition during the acadmic year of 2011-2012. They plan to host a membership recruitment drive in May and work with other economic organizations on campus. They also hope to hold some speaker-based events in the 2012-2013 year. The chapter president is Tyler McKean.


The Gamma Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania held several activities and events collaboratively with other campus organizations. These events included a Lunch and Learn with Susan Stone of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on "Emerging Issues in Trade Policy." They also co-sponsored a Coffee Chat with Professor Arthur van Benthem of the Business Economics and Public Policy Department at Wharton on "Economics and Energy and Environmental Issues." Officers are Valentina Raman, president; Ariel Stern, vice president; Elliot Melaney, secretary/treasurer. The Alpha Mu Chapter at King's College held their induction ceremony on March 9, 2012, with Dr. Sanjay Paul as invited speaker. Dr. Paul discussed income inequality and the American middle class. New inductees participated in the All College Honors Convocation on April 22, 2012.  Dr. Valerie K. Kepner is the Faculty Advisor. 

Villanova University's Lambda Chapter was awarded an ODE Chapter Project Grant for the spring of 2012 in the amount of $1500. The chapter used to funds to co-sponsor (with the University's Economics Department, the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Matthew Ryan Center for the study of Free Institutions and the Public Good) a lecture by Walter williams. On February 9, 2012 Williams spoke on "The Legitimate Role of Government in a Free Society." The lecture was attended by more than 500 people. In addition to the leacture and a Q&A session that lasted more than 40 minutes, several class activities were structured around the presentation.

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The Delta Chapter at Providence College announced new officers. Dr. Leo Kahane, chapter advisor, will also serve as president; Maureen Medeiros is Secretary.

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The Epsilon Chapter at Vanderbilt University announced that on April 20, 2011, members of ODE had a conversation about health care policy with Professor Getz over dinner and new members, invited in fall and spring, received their membership materials.


The Beta Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin received an ODE Chapter Project Grant for fall 2013. The chapter used those funds to help develop an undergraduate research journal. The first issue of The Developing Economist was printed in spring 2014. An online copy can be viewed at

The Beta Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin reported that they held their fall 2013 induction dinner on September 28. In October they had the McCombs nformation Session where they discussed business masters pprograms. This was followed in November with their Department of Economics Career forum, an alumni career info session and networking event. Also in November, Dr. Daniel Hamermesh gave a lecture discussing his research on consumer's use of time. On February 18, the chapter held its spring induction dinner. On March 3, they presented the annual Arlitt Lecture with Dr. Rah Chetty of Harvard speaking on "Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the U.S." Dr. Dale Stahl discussed his research on repeated prisoner's dilemma and rupation, on March 25. Dr. Gerald Oettinger, chapter advisor, announced the chapter officers: Robert McDowell, president; Erin Roper, vice-president; Mario Pea, secretary; and Tiaran Chen, treasurer.

The Phi Chapter at Trinity University reports they held their spring 2012 induction dinner on April 25. Prof. John Huston, chapter advisor, announced the chapter officers:Katherine Leonard, president/secretary; and Colton Parnes, vice-president/treasurer.

Paul Stock, Chapter Advisor for the Alpha Zeta Chapter at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor reports an active 2011-2012 year. In October they hosted the Annual Economic Development Forum. The three guest speakers were from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Belton Economic Development Corporation, and the Belton hamber of Commerce. In November the chapter raised $294 and gave six loans to small business owners in third-world countries through In total, they have given 12 loans over the past three years to small business owners in developing countries through KIVA. In January 2012, they elected as officers: Taylor Bird, president; Frank James, vice-president; Josh Pratt, secretary; and Emily Holzman, treasurer.


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Saint Michael's College received a chapter grant for the soring of 2016. The funds were used to sponsor a speaker in conjunction with the annual ODE induction ceremont. Dr. Barry Blustone of Northeastern University delivered his talk, "The Great U-Turn: The Impact of Growing Inequality in America," to a standing-room-only crowd at the College's Pomerleau Alumni Center on April 21, 2016.


Dr. Louise Marshall, Chapter Advisor at the Chi Chapter at Marymount University, anounced their induction ceremonies on December 10, 2015 and on May 14, 2016 for the students who will be graduating. Eight new members were inducted for 2015-2016. The Chapter President is Oluremi Akun-Olugbade.

The Phi Chapter at Randolph College received a chapter grant for spring 2015 to continue their spring speakers series on campus.  All aspects of these events were organized and executed by students, Tu Nguyen and Ha Tong, who also initiated wrote and submitted the grant proposal. The enterprising pair of students also obtained the matching funds from Randolph College. Other chapter members assisted with set up and clean up. The speakers were Wazhma Furmuli, a senior auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Amy Burgoyne, Sales Vice President at Genworth Financial; Hunter Syndor, public information officer at Kiewit Infrastructure Co.; and Christian Depaul, Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services. These events were open to the entire student body and were attended by faculty and staff as well.

The Chapter also raised funds for and organized a student trip to Wall Street.


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May 15, 2019Graduate Student Invited Paper Session

In January 2020, Omicron Delta Epsilon and the American Economic Association will jointly be hosting a Graduate Student Invited Paper Session at the ASSA meeting in San Diego. Work  chosen for the session will automatically be entered into the Irving Fisher Graduate Article competition.

To submit, apply online or by mail along with a brief abstract of your paper by May 15 , 2019.  Decisions on papers and discussants will be made by June 15, 2019. For more information click here.

April 30, 2019 - Fall 2019 Chapter project Grants

Funds are available, up to $1,000, to support special projects of active chapters.Priority will be given to proposals where the chapter actively seeks outside matching funding and where multiple chapters are involved. Matching funds may come from students, the institution, or outside sources. The maximum grant is $500 for chapters without matching funds.  For more information click here.

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