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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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Joy Buchanan, Chapter Advisor for the Mu Chapter at Samford University, announced the induction of five new members. The chapter hosted Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl as guest speaker at a chapter event. An induction ceremony for the new members will be held on campus.




The Lambda Chapter at University of California - Riverside announced the chapter held numerous activites during the 2019 - 2020 academic year, including inter- organizational meetings, three general ODE meetings for Fall Quarter and two general ODE meetings for the Winter Quarter, and numerous other activities ending with the Alumni Networking Dinner/Panel with the Economics Department of UCR. They also announced the induction of ten new members.

Alberto Rivera Padilla, the advisor for the Kappa Chapter at California State University - Fullerton, announced the recognition of four new members for 2022-2023. Their recognition cerempony will be held on May 5, 2023.


The advisor of the Delta Chapter at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Martin Shields, reported for 2022-2023 that the chapter has 75 members.


Mark Gius, the advisor for the Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University has 10 members for the 2022-2023 school year. The chapter hosts speakers and hold an annual awards dinner.


District of Columbia

The advisor of the Beta Chapter at Howard University, Dr. C.K. Hunte, announced that the chapter inducted six new members for the 2022-2023 year. Over the year the chapter held discussions on current economic issues. On April 5, 2023, in conjunction with an ODE chapter meeting, a discussion was held on "The Banking Crisis and the Policy Responses by the Federal Reserve." Hunte said it should be noted that ODE, along with two other associations in the Economics Department, The Abram Harris Economics Society and the Graduate Economics Student Association, normally work together and invite all economics students to attend economic presentations by students, visiting scholars and Economics professors. Dr. Hunte said the main ODE event so far was the annual ODE Beta Chapter Virtual Lecture and Recognition Ceremony, which is hosted by the Economics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Howard University Economics Department Alumni Association (HUEDAA). This event was held on April 27, 2023, and more than 100 people were logged-on to the event. There was a presentation by an invited speake, and awards, funded by HUEDAA, were made to students who have excelled in their Economics programs. Additionally, new ODE members were recognized, along with the recognition of Dedicated Service by an Economics Professor. Officers are: President - Judene Josephs; Vice President - Tafe Bayo-Ajayi; Secretary - Omoneka Adams; annd Treasurer - James Rampersad.


Dr. Peter Hammerschmidt, chapter advisor of the Lamda Chapter at Eckerd University, announced the induction of 10 new members for 2022-2023. Among those was Eckerd College President James Annarelli. Officer elections were held after the induction ceremony and dinner. Officers are: President - Stella Stehno; Vice President - Hannah Gordon; Treasurer - Elliott Curry; and Secretary - Spencer Harris.

The advisor of the Xi Chapter at Stetson University, Alan Green, announced that the chapter inducted nine new members for the 2022-2023 year. They are planning their induction event for fall 2023. Officers are: President - Leah McCarter; Vice President - Grant Ellington; and Secretary - Ryan Mason.

Dr. Robert Jones, advisor at the Mu Chapter of Florida at the University of South Florida, announced that he is serving as President of the chapter. Diana Reese is Secretary.


The advisor of the Kappa Chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology, Aselia Urmanbetova, reported that the chapter grew by 48 members from 2017-2022. Total membership is 369. Dr. Urmanbretova said he conducted surveys among student groups in economics to ascertain they typres of activities students were most interested in. In 2020-2021, the student chapter established a renewed organizational charter, built a team of devoted student leaders, and created multi-semester planning calendars for online and hybrid events. In 2021-22, ODE student leaders built strategic alliances with other student organizations across campus and economics/ODE clubs in other Atlanta-area colleges. The Kappa Chapter of Georgia participated in forming ECo3AI (Economics Collaborative of Atlanta-Area Institutions. ECo3AI brings together student leaders, faculty advisors and administrators, as well as economics professionals to brainstorm, build support networks, and shed light on the diverse landscape of careers open to economics majors. This initiative has also provided students with the tools and information to tackle standard milestones students face while progressing on their career paths, both in the private and public sectors. Building such connections and positive spillovers is critically important for URM and first-gen students. Colleges that ECo3AI reached in addition to Georgia Tech: Georgia Gwinnet College (GGC), Oglethorpe University (OU), Agnes Scott College (ANG), Spelman College (SP), Morehouse College (MOR), Georgia State University (GSU), Emory University (EMOR), Mercer University (MER), and University of West Georgia (UWG); actively participating members are: GGC, GT, and OGL. Kappa Chapter of Georgia was officially chartered as a student organization at Georgia Tech in Fall 2021 (it had been a chapter for over 20 years, but not officially recognized as a GT student organization). Kappa Chapter of Georgia created a mission statement that describes the chapter as the club with a focus on economics research and academic pathways. Together with the Economics Club at GT, the Kappa Chapter of Georgia of ODE hosted and co-hosted the following joint and ODE-only events: • January 18, Econ Club and ODE Event, Three Degrees: The Value of Law, MS Econ, and MBA • March 1, Econ Club and ODE Event, Student Opportunities at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors • March 8, ECo3AI Event, Gatekeeper Insights: The Importance of Building Strong Relationships with your Professors • April 4, ODE Event, ODE Spring Induction Lunch • September 13, ECo3AI Event, Economics and Entrepreneurship: How are they related? • September 26, ODE Event, Creating Your Path in Economics • September 29, ODE Event, Drop-In Lunch • October 12, ODE Event, PhD Info Session.




Virginia L. Wilcox, chapter advisor for the Delta Chapter at Northern Illinois University, announced the induction of new members for 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19.


Katrina Babb, chapter advisor for the Eta Chapter at Indiana State University, announced the induction of three new members for 2022-2023. She said chapter members plan to attend the Midwest Economics Association conference in Chicago.







Yongchen Zhao, chapter advisor for the Lamda Chapter at Towson University, announced that they have 5 new members for 2022 - 2023. The Chapter recruits new members the first month of each semester. Zhao said, "Members enjoy all activities hosted by the department and its student group, Towson Economics Society."


Geoffrey Sanzenbacher, the advisor for the Gamma Chapter at Boston College, announced the induction of 82 members of 2022-2023. Activities included a Faculty/Student Trivia competition. Planned activities include a lecture on social networking, Coffee with Faculty, and an End-of-Year Faculty/Student Mixer in May 2023.

Phoebe Chan, chapter advisor for the Omicron Chapter at Wheaton College, announced that the induction of new members for 2022-2023 was held on May 4, 2023. An end-of-year dinner will be held on May 16, 2023.


Kellie Konsor, advisor to the Upsilon Chapter of Michigan at Saginaw Valley State University, reported the upcoming induction of two new members for 2022-2023. Officers are: President - Jack Glonka and Vice President - Gregory Taylor. The chapter, in collaboration with the Economics Club, hosted a speaker from the Federal Reserve on 4/13/23.




Chapter advisor to the Pi Chapter of Missouri at Lindenwood University, Grant Black reported the following activities: The chapter inducted 4 new members on April 27, 2023. Three members graduated in the 2022-2023 school year. ODE members were invited to participate in the following educational events in the 2023-2024 school year:
1. Student Research Symposium, April 27, 2023
2. Investing Basics, Get Money Smart @ Lindenwood series, April 25, 2023
3. Sustainable Budgeting, Get Money Smart @ Lindenwood series, April 18, 2023
4. Cryptocurrency: Friend or Foe, Get Money Smart @ Lindenwood series, April 11, 2023
5. Achieving Your Professional and Financial Goals, Get Money Smart @ Lindenwood series, April 4, 2023
6. Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor, featuring Tony Messenger, April 12, 2023
7. Business Ethics Panel, March 30, 2023
8. Leave Me Alone and I'll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World, featuring Art Carden, March 16, 2023
9. Who Desegregated Baseball: Jackie Robinson or the Marketplace?, featuring Mark Shug, February 16, 2023
10. The 1619 Project Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry, featuring Phil Magness, November 16, 2022
11. Business Ethics Panel, November 3, 2022
12. Inequality Isn't Poverty, and It's Complicated, featuring Jason Clemens, October 20, 2022
13. The Constitution: A Love Hate Relationship, featuring John Stossel, September 15, 2022

David Yaskewich, advisor to the Nu Chapter of Missouri at Southeast Missouri State University, reported the upcoming induction of six new members for 2022-2023. The induction luncheon will take place May 3, 2023.

Dave Sanders, advisor to the Mu Chapter of Missouri at St. Louis University, reported the upcoming induction of new members for 2022-2023, bringing their total to 44. The initiation ceremony took place May 3, 2023, with a light reception following. Graduating members were presented with ODE honor cords.



The Theta Chapter advisor of Doane University, Julie Lee, reported the induction of three new members for 2022-2023. Braden Olsen is serving as President.


New Hampshire

Dr. Mike Matheis, advisor for the Gamma Chapter at Saint Anselm College, announced that an in-person induction ceremony will be held April 20, 2023 to welcome its four newest members.  In addition, the recipient of a department award will be announced. 

New Jersey

Dr. Devin Rafferty of Saint Peter's University reported that seven new memberswere inducted into the Beta chapter for 2021. A Zoom discussion of COVID implications in medium term was held October 15, 2020. On November 30, a guest lecture was held remotely on Political Economy of US Presidential Elections. Approximately every 3-4 weeks, student members meet on Zoom to discuss an array of economic topics including, but not limited to, financial market performance, political economy, current development events, COVID, and the long-term geopolitical standing of the United States.

New Mexico

New York

The Chi Chapter of New York at St. Lawrence University reported the induction of 23 new members for 2022-2023. An induction ceremony will be held May 5, 2023. The advisor is Dr. Michael O'Hara. Officers are: President - Derek Metivier, Vice President - Helen Hume, Secretary - Kristina Koes, and Treasurer - Grant Adams.

The Alpha Lambda Chapter at SUNY-Oneonta advisor Michael McAvoy inducted seven new members in 2022-2023.  Activities for the 2022-2023 included openhouse informational events with presentations, a faculty roundtable and officer elections, amd Study Days. The chapter will hold its  initiation for new members on May 5, 2023.  The officers are: President-Dasia Harrigan; Vice-President - Joseph Grogan; Secretary- Carson MacMillan; and Treasurer - Ryan Vogel.

The new advisor of the Eta Chapter of St. Francis College, Olivia Bullio Mattos, announced the revitalization of their chapter to work in partnership with their Economics and Finance Society Club.

The New York Kappa Chapter at Cornell University advisor, Jennifer Wissink, reported that the total number of chapter members is 26 for the 2021-2022 school year. The new members were inducted on October 19, 2021. The Director of Undergraduate Studies, George Jakubson, and Associaate Director of Undergraduate studies, Jennifer Wissink, welcomed the new members.  Prof. Wissink pulled ice breaker questions from a hat to ask each member.  Graduating seniors who are members of ODE were recognized at the department's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 28th. Members were required to attend at least two events this academic year.  Among the events they could choose from were an economics internship panel on Oct. 21, 2021: a talk given by Eswar Prasad about his most recent book, The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance; on October 14, 2021 a talk given by Raj Chetty, "Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: Insights from Big Data," on April 18, 2022; and a talk given by Daniel Hammermesh, "How Does the Economics Profession Work" on May 12, 2022. 

The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of New York at Ithaca College reported the induction of 12 new members for 2022-2023. An induction ceremony was held April 20, 2023. The advisor is Shaianne Osterreich.

North Carolina

The Omicron Chapter advisor, Dr. Turnay Ogut, at Lenoir Rhyne University announced the induction of five new members at their 2022-2023 induction ceremon. The chapter is planning a networking event with previous members and guest speaker events. Officers are: President - Anna Harshow; Vice President - Kiril Yakovenko; and Secretary/Treasurer - Daniel Elmore.

Geeytha Vaidyanathan, the advisor for the Delta Chapter at North Carolina - Chapel Hill, announced the cancellation of all activities.

North Dakota


The Alpha Theta Chapter of Oberlin College announced that Ron Cheung, who has been acting as interim advisor, will take over as advisor in July 2023. For 2022-2023, the chapter inducted 8 new members. ODE members participate in academic seminars, faculty research presentations and the presentation of graduating senior projects held by the Department of Economics each year.

Amyaz Moledina, the advisor for the Alpha Gamma Chapter of The College of Wooster, announced the induction of 20 new members.



The co-advisors of the Gamma Chapter at Oregon State University, Laura Relyea, Hoang Pham, and Jon Chesbro announced that the chapter has 10 members. Officers are: Co-presidents Will Napolitano, Colin Pannikkat, and Jacob Staab. The Treasurer is Dalton Weidman. The chapter hosts "Conversations" on various topics throughout the year. They also held two Alumni Panel zoom sessions concerning grad school and job search and prospects for econ students. The chapter also has end-of-term clebrations.


The Alpha Mu Chapter of King's College reported a total of four new chapter members for 2022-2023.  Chapter advisor Valerie Kepner said the ODE induction ceremony took place on April 3, 2023.  Dr. Joyce Jacobsen was the invited speaker. 

Dr. Zachary Davis, the advisor of the Alpha Tau Chapter at Saint Vincent College, announced the induction of nine new members for 2022-2023. Their ceremony and dinner will take place on May 9, 2023. During the year, chapter members were invited to attend lectures by economists from Grove City College and Purdue University and to attend the reception and dinner preceding the lectures. Officers are: President - Leonard Wang; Vice President - Kaitlyn Patton; Secretary - Austin Slye; and Treasurer - Matias Bugallo.

Dr. Jennifer VanGilder, the advisor of the Rho Chapter at Ursinus College, announced that the chapter would induct new members for 2022-2023 on April 28, 2023.

On Friday, April 30, 2023, the Lambda Chapter of Pennsylvania at Villanova University inducted 36 new members, announced Julie Becher, chapter advisor. The new initiates were inducted with a ceremony and a celebratory luncheon.

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

The Delta Chapter at Providence College announced new officers. Dr. Chris Lamnios, chapter advisor, will serve as president; Maureen Medeiros is secretary.

South Carolina

South Dakota


Colene Trent, the advisor of the Nu Chapter at Belmont University, announced the induction of 20 members for the 2019-2020 school year.


The University of Texas at Austin, Beta Chapter, reports the induction of 46 new members. Chapter advisor, Gerald Oettinger, reported the followin gactivites for 2022-2023: 1. ODE Info Session [9|8]: At the beginning of every semester, our first meeting is an overview of what ODE is and a rough idea of the semester.
2. Research Opportunities for undergrads [9|22]: Presented on research opportunities for undergrads inside and out of UT then played an econ kahoot.
3. Jeopardy [10|6]: Played econ jeopardy!
4. Study Session [10|22]: We end every semester with a study session where we hang out and talk econ before the last exams.
5. ODE Info Session [1|26]: At the beginning of every semester, our first meeting is an overview of what ODE is and a rough idea of the semester.
6. Pre-doc econ vs operations vs policy [3|2]: Had three former econ undergrads in three different research|predoc programs speak about similarities and differences.
7. ODE Induction [3|30]: Presented an overview of ODE and passed out cords|certificates for new members and graduates.
8. Study Session [4|20]: We end every semester with a study session where we hang out and talk econ before the last exams

The Beta Chapter officers are: President - Diego Morales-Burnett; Vice President - Elizabeth Du; and Secretary/Treasurer - Rory Hardin.

Danny Taylor, chapter advisor for the Alpha Zeta chapter at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, reported the induction of 14 new members for 2022-2023. The chapter gave a $100 loan to Nesrin in Turkey in October of 2022. In March of 2023, they organized a book collection program across campus and donated over 1200 books to Better World Books. On April 13, 2023, they visited the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Chapter officers are: President - Adrianna Saucedo; Vice President - Juan Almengor; and Secretary/Treasurer - Rachel Nguyen.

The University of Texas-El Paso, Chi Chapter, reports the induction of 12 new members. Chapter advisor Nathan Asjby said the chapter holds bi weekly meeings, and has had numerous events and activities in the 2022-2023 academic year. In February, multiple professors led presentations. On March 3, the chapter members received a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank El Paso branch. The tour was led by the Head Economist of the branch, Roberto Coronado. On April 4, Alejandra Gorski, head of the El Paso Economic Development Department gave a presentation. Also in April the chapter held a clothing drive for the El Paso Opportunity Center, run by ODE in collaboration with other UTEP student organizations. During the spring UTEP Honors Convocation, ODE member Brianna Peres accepted the Outstanding Student Organization Award for ODE. The Chi chapter officers are: President - Brianna Perez; Vice President - Karla Hernandez; Secretary - Rebekah Plaza; and Treasurer - Zoe Andritsos.

The Alpha Eta Chapter at the University of North Texas reported: Professor Susan Dadres passed away, unfortunately. Professor Yang Zhou is the new faculty advisor. In the last school year, Alpha Eta chapter added one more member, and we are implementing recruitment strategies for next year (e.g., hosting a recognition ceremony at the Economics Department annual banquet, which was always part of the banquet before the Covid-19 pandemic).


U.S. Virgin Islands



Jennifer Elias, advisor for the Upsilon Chapter at Radford University, announced the addition of eleven new members for 2022-2023.  The initiation ceremony for new members and the celebration of graduating members took place on April 19, 2023.

The Omicron Chapter at James Madison University announced the induction of three new members.

Michael Enz, advisor for the Delta of Virginia chapter at Roanoke College announced the induction of 21 new members at an induction ceremony on March 9, 2023.

Robert Rycroft, chapter advisor for the Beta of Virginia chapter at the University of Mary Washington reported the induction of one new members. Ryan Meyer was elected president of the chapter.


Dr. Erica Johnson, advisor for the Epsilon Chapter at Gonzaga University announced the induction of five new members for 2022-2023.  She reported that they held an induction ceremony and luncheon for the inductees. "We had a wonderful ceremony with student and faculty discussion, and it was a great opportunity for students to mingle with Economics faculty," she said.

Geri Mason, advisor for the Mu Chapter of Washingtom at Seattle Pacific University announced that the chapter held an Induction Ceremony for new members in May. An Induction Open House is scheduled for June 2023.

West Virginia

The Alpha Chapter of West Virginia at Bethany College announced the induction of 2 new members for the 2022-2023 school year. The chapter held an induction ceremony with a guest speaker on April 28, 2023. Chapter advisor Aaron Honsowetz said the key annual event for the chapter is an on-campus internship scholarship that requires the recipient to do a presentation on the internship to ODE.


Stephen Cole, advisor to the Lambda Chapter of Wisconsin at Marquette University announced the induction of two new members for the 2022-2023 school year. The chapter is actively recruiting new members. The chapter president is Molly Connors.



The advisor, Dr. Claret Ruane, with Dr. Roseann Jones and Dr. Kuan-Ju Chen of the Alpha Chapter of the University of Guam announced that research seminars were held December 3, 2022 on "The Cross-Border Spillover Effects of Recreational Marijuana Legalization," by Dr. Zhuang Hao, School of Economics and Management, Beihang University.  On March 17-18, The University co-sponsored the Annual International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology with (3) prestigious universities in Japan.  One ODE faculty advisor served as conference co-chair; four ODE members as session chairs; and nine ODE members made research presentations.

May 19, 2022 the chapter sponsored a research seminar on "Are More Institutional Interventions Better: Assessing Recidivism and Benefit-Cost Perspectives," by Dr. Ming-Li Hsieh, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire  We also had an Induction ceremony for six new members on May 19th.  June 17th, we have the election of officers for 2022-2023 for the Alpha Chapter of Guam.  Incoming officers are:

President: Mr. Christian Valencia

Vice President: Ms. Celia Anderson

Secretary: Ms. Mary Catherine Wiley

Treasurer: Mr. Dan Camacho



DISTINGUISHED ECONOMIST AWARD - ODE is very pleased to announce the recipient of the 2024 Distinguished Economist Award: John List of the University of Chicago. The Award presentation will be Jan. 6, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. in the San Antonio Grand Hyatt Seguin B in conjunction with the ASSA meetings. The Presentation will be followed by his lecture, "Field Experiments in Economics: Uses, Abuses, and How They Can Change the World."

ODE Outstanding Student Leadership Award - Chapter advisors, the February 1 deadline for nominations will be here before you know it. Each year up to three winners are chosen to receive ODE Honor Medallions to recognize students who assume active leadership roles in their ODE chapters. Nominations are made by chapter advisors. Don't miss this opportunity to recognize a deserving student and ODE member.

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