It will be the object of Alpha Zeta to promote directly and indirectly the interests of the students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, particularly as these interests relate to their professional advancement and to the parent society, the National Chapter Alpha Zeta which shall hereafter be referred to as the National Chapter.


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Constitution / Tier

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Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 50
ISU Members 9
Non-ISU Members 11
Allowed Members Any student who is enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and has completed 30 or more academic credits; while maintaing a GPA that places the student in the top two-fifths of his or her respective class.
Allowed Officers All officers of the Wilson Chapter will be members of the Wilson Chapter who are in good standing and have been enrolled at Iowa State University for two full semesters before assuming office. A candidate for Chancellor must be one whose term of office w
Membership Qualifications a.) Any student who is enrolled in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; b.) Completion of thirty or more academic credits with a cumulative grade point average placing said student in the upper two-fifths (2/5) of his or her class; c.) Evidence satisfactory to the Chapter that said student reflects those qualities of scholarship, character and leadership which are consistent with the ideals of the Fraternity; d.) Completion of the initiation Ritual; and e.) Payment of all initiation fees required for student membership.
Membership Restrictions All officers must also meet the Iowa State University requirements below: (a) Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) as stated below and meet that minimum GPA in the semester immediately prior to the election/appointment, the semester of election/appointment and semesters during the term of office. For undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the minimum GPA is 2.00. In order for this provision to be met, at least six hours (half-time credits) must have been taken for the semester under consideration. (b) Be in good standing with the university and enrolled: at least half time (six or more credit hours), if an undergraduate student (unless fewer credits are required to graduate in the spring and fall semesters) during the term of office, and at least half time (four or more credits), if a graduate level student (unless fewer credits are required in the final stages of their degree as defined by the Continuous Registration Requirement) during their term of office. (c) Be ineligible to hold an office should the student fail to maintain the requirements as prescribed in (a) and (b).
Elections/Selection 1. Officers will be elected at the last meeting in the Fall Semester to serve for one year, or if the office is vacated. A special election may be held upon a two-thirds vote pending a quorum of the Wilson Chapter membership being present, but special effort will be made to notify all members of the date of voting. 2. Faculty Advisors will be voted on during the last meeting of the Fall Semester to serve for a two-year term in accordance with Article III, Paragraph 12. 3. New officers will be installed following their election, at the first meeting in the Spring Semester. The retiring Chancellor, emphasizing the aims and ideals of the Wilson Chapter, will conduct a proper installation ceremony. 4. The new officers and faculty advisors shall read the constitution soon after receiving their position. The retiring Chancellor shall remind new officers at the election to read the constitution. 5. Candidates running for an office who are not elected may be allowed to run for the next office being voted on. Candidates will be voted on in the order provided in Article 3, Paragraph 1, starting with the Chancellor. 6. Officer nominations shall take place at the regular business meeting one meeting prior to the elections meeting. Voting will take place at the next regular meeting after nominations have been closed by a simple majority vote. A majority is needed to elect a candidate. If a majority cannot be reached a run-off of the two highest vote getters will take place. If the run-off candidates tie the Chancellor will cast the deciding vote. 7. If an officer or adviser is removed the replacement procedure is the same as the election procedure described in Article V, Paragraph 1. It shall take place at the first meeting following the removal of the previous officer/adviser.
Meetings 1. The Executive Council will decide at the beginning of each semester when to hold meetings. A minimum of two scheduled meetings or activities will take place each month during the school year. This schedule will hold true except during vacations, final exam weeks, or when so changed by the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall meet prior to the regular Wilson Chapter meeting so that the regular meeting can be handled more efficiently. 2. Attendance of the student members at meetings shall be obligatory; sickness, evening exams, absence from town or absences for good reason approved by the Executive Committee, alone being considered sufficient excuses. Written excuses are required and must be returned in to the Sergeant-at-Arms prior to the schedule meeting. 3. Membership may be canceled for sufficient cause (25 percent unexcused absences during the academic year, non-payment of dues, or non-fraternal actions with definite evidence of lack of interest) to be established by the chapter officers, two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active chapter members, approval of the Faculty Advisory Committee, and with the concurrence of the High Council.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

We provide our members with an agenda before each meeting begins, so they know what to expect. We always try to have a speaker at the beginning of each meeting. Typically our speakers consist of ISU faculty/staff, business recruiters, or professionals in the workforce. Next, each officer stands and gives an update of any information they have to share with the organization. Then we discuss new and old business we have as a club. Lastly, we break up into committees, discuss topics we are working on, and give the whole club a committee report. Once all of this has been done, the chancellor will adjourn the meeting.

Description of Special Events

We have a minimum of two special events each semester. In the fall, we participate in a canned food drive competition and a service project. In the spring, we participate in cyclone market, by selling an item to the public, and a service project. Our service projects vary based off of what the organization is interested in each year. This past fall, we helped carry pumpkins for customers at an apple orchard, while getting to know our fellow members better. This past spring, we planned to partner with an event called "Stash the Trash" to help pick up trash around the Ames community, but we were unable to complete the event due to scheduling conflicts at the end of the semester.