Phi Upsilon Omicron

Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in family and consumer sciences, has over 78,000 members across the United States. The purposes of Phi Upsilon Omicron are to recognize and encourage academic excellence, develop qualities of professional and personal leadership, provide opportunities for service to the profession and encourage professional and personal commitment in order to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas. Phi Upsilon Omicron is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences. Its purposes are to:
* recognize and encourage academic excellence,
* develop qualities of professional and personal leadership,
* provide opportunities for service to the profession and
* encourage professional and personal commitment to the area of family and consumer sciences.

Founded in 1910 at the University of Minnesota, there are currently 65 different Phi U chapters across the country.

HONOR SOCIETY ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

I. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc. (Phi U), national honor society in family and consumer sciences, was the first national student organization in family and consumer sciences. The governing power of the honor society is vested in a Conclave of Delegates from collegiate and alumni chapters which meets in even-numbered years. Conclave meetings are open to all initiated members of the honor society--collegiate, alumni, and honorary. The meeting time and place for Conclave are determined by National Council.

The National Council of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc. handles the administration of the honor society in the interim between Conclaves. Members of National Council include: President, President-Elect, Executive Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, Alumni Councilor, Finance Chairperson, 9 District Councilors, Collegiate Chairperson and Collegiate Representatives.

The National Council meetings are held annually at a time and place recommended by National Council. In Conclave years, it is customary to hold a meeting of National Council just prior to and immediately following Conclave.

The Executive Board conducts the affairs of the honor society between the meetings of National Council and Conclaves. The Executive Board consists of the National President, National President-Elect, Alumni Councilor, the District Councilor Chairperson, the National Collegiate Chairperson, and the Finance Chairperson with the Executive Secretary, National Treasurer, and Editor serving as ex-officio members.

A meeting of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc. has become a tradition at the annual meeting of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This gathering, although unofficial in character, provides an opportunity for members to meet and share honor society news and business. Phi Upsilon Omicron participates in the Coordinating Council of Family and Consumer Sciences Honor Societies with Kappa Omicron Nu and is an active voting member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

II. DISTRICT ORGANIZATION

All collegiate and alumni chapters are assigned to geographic districts, subject to change with changes in the honor society. Districts are represented on National Council by District Councilors and Collegiate

*Refer to Constitution and Bylaws.

Representatives. The privilege of electing the District Councilor is rotated among the chapters in the district. Collegiate Representatives are usually chapter Presidents with representation rotated among the district's chapters. See Appendix A for District Councilor and Collegiate Representative rotation schedule.

The District Councilor serves as liaison between National Council and individual chapters by maintaining close contact with chapters in the district through visits, correspondence, and other forms of communication.

III. CHAPTERS

Chapters of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc. have been established, through a petitioning process, at accredited institutions across the country offering a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences. Each chapter consists of undergraduate and, in some cases, graduate student members.

Alumni chapters are composed of alumni and honorary members of the honor society. One of their roles is to provide support to nearby collegiate chapters.

IV. PHI UPSILON OMICRON EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC.

The Phi Upsilon Omicron Educational Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 1970 to administer the scholarships, fellowships, awards, and professional programs of the honor society. The Foundation stimulates collection of funds to support national scholarships, fellowships, and special awards, and serves as a vehicle to receive funds given by collegiate and alumni members and chapters as well as other individuals and groups.

The Educational Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of: four Directors elected at-large from the alumni membership; the National President of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc.; the National President-Elect; the immediate Past President; and two representatives from collegiate chapters who are chosen by district rotation from collegiate members of the National Council of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc. The Phi Upsilon Omicron Executive Secretary, and Treasurer are members of the Board of Directors. The Editor is an ex-officio member.

The Directors-at-large are elected for terms of four years each; two of the four terms expire every two years on June 1st of a Conclave year, or as soon thereafter as a successor is elected. The national Nominating Committee of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc. shall present nominations for Directors-at-large for chapter vote on the same ballot as for President-Elect of the honor society. No elected Director shall serve more than two consecutive terms. The collegiate representatives shall serve for a term of one year.

A biennial meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held in Conclave years. Special meetings may be called at the request of the Chairperson or any three Directors. Each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to vote. There shall be no vote by proxy.

The elected officers of the Foundation shall include a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary (typically the Executive Secretary of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc.). A Treasurer (i.e., the Treasurer of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Inc.) shall be appointed.