District Information Submitted by: The Alpha Omicron Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma Spring 2013
There are 7 districts within the National Chapter. Midwest North Central Northeast Southeast SOUTHWEST :) Western International How many Districts are there? Midwest NE West NC SE SW
Southwest District • New Mexico • Arkansas • Louisiana • TEXAS • Oklahoma
Southwest District Chapters/Schools • Alpha – Oklahoma State (Stillwater, OK) 1946 • Beta – Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) 1946 • Delta – University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) 1946 • Iota – Baylor University (Waco, TX) 1948 • Xi – West Texas A&M (Canyon, TX) 1949 • Tau – University of Houston (Houston, TX) 1950 • Psi – University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AK) 1950 • Alpha Omicron – SHSU (Huntsville, TX) 1952 • Alpha Upsilon – Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) 1954
Southwest District Chapters/Schools • Beta Gamma – University of Texas (Austin, TX) 1957 • Beta Delta – TCU (Fort Worth, TX) 1957 • Beta Zeta – SFA (Nacogdoches, TX) 1957 • Beta Nu – Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AK) 1958 • Beta Omicron – Texas Southern University (Houston, TX) 2002 • Gamma Nu – UT Arlington (Arlington, TX) 1965 • Gamma Xi – Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AK) 1965 • Gamma Omicron – Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AK) 2001 • Gamma Tau – University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AK) 1967
Southwest District Chapters/Schools • Gamma Phi – Southwestern OK State University (Weatherford, OK) 1968 • Delta Alpha – Langston University (Langston, OK) 1999 • Delta Eta – TX A&M University, Kingsville (Kingsville, TX) 1970 • Delta Pi – University of AK, Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AK) 1970 • Delta Sigma – University of LA, Monroe (Monroe, LA) 1970 • Delta Tau – Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX) 1971 • Delta Upsilon – Howard Payne University (Brownwood, TX) 1971 • Delta Phi – Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX) 1971 • Epsilon Beta – Texas A&M University Commerce (Commerce, TX) 1972
Southwest District Chapters/Schools • Epsilon Eta – Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX) 2006 • Epsilon Psi – Prairie View A&M (Prairie View, TX) 1976 • Zeta Mu – Grambling State University (Grambling, LA) 1978 • Zeta Phi – LA Tech University (Ruston, LA) 1982 • Eta Epsilon – TX State University (San Marcos, TX) 1984 • Eta Nu – Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX) 1986 • Eta Pi – Northwestern State University LA (Natchitoches, LA) 1987 • Theta Beta – Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AK) 1988 • Theta Theta – Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AK) 1990 • Iota Beta – East TX Baptist University (Marshall, TX) 2003 • Iota Tau – UTSA (San Antonio, TX)
District Convention • District Convention is held every year • During the Spring Semester
District committees • Nominations • Interview candidates for district office and determine a “slate” • Slate – a recommendation to the district on who to vote for district office. • Convention Site (joint w/KKPsi) • Interviews chapters bidding for District Convention and determines a slate for where convention should be. • Credentials • Recognizes important individuals in attendance and also determines the Chapter Percentage and the Chapter Distance Award.
District committees cont… • Spirit and Sisterhood • Deliberates on the recipients of Beta Turtle, Sigma Turtle, and Tau’s Book of Spirit and meets with the current recipients of Tau to determine the next recipient. • Colonization and Membership • Discusses membership and colonization programs in the district and determines what the VP of Membership should do for the next year. • History and Traditions • Determines historical information to put in to archives for the previous year. Discuss favorite traditions of the district and come up with ideas to implement over the next year.
District committees cont. • JACME “Joint Action Committee on Music Education” (joint w/KKPsi) • Determine where the District Funds for Support of Music Education go and discuss ways for our organization to support Music Education. • Jurisdiction and Finance • Updates the District Constitution and the District Budget. • Publications (joint w/KKpsi) • Interviews the chapters bidding to host the New Alto and determines a slate.
District Events • District Day (Summer) • District “Hang Out” Day • Usually the day before CLC and planned by the Alumni of the District. • Chapter Leadership Conference (Summer) • An event planned by the District Officers to help new Chapter Officers plan for the year. • District Area Workshops (Spring) • 7 Area Workshops are held during the Spring semester to help further educate Chapters on matters concerning the Sorority. • District Convention (Spring) • District Convention is held every year during the Spring Semester to conduct district business and hold workshops and activities for district members.
New Alto • The Southwest Publication is the New Alto. • It is publicized every Fall/Spring of each year and printed online at swdnewalto.org. • Chat room, blogs, and live feeds of District and National convention are available on this website.
District Programs • Chapter Buddies • Candidate Awards • Candidate Chats • Support Days for PMA, SAI, and MPE • District Awards
District Awards • Chapter Distance Award • Calculated by the number of members and the number of miles that they traveled to District Convention. • Delegate Distance Award • Recognizes the delegate that traveled the farthest as the only active in their chapter in attendance at District Convention. • Chapter Percentage Award • Chapter with the highest number of Active members in attendance at District Convention. • Chapter Buddy Award • Recognizes a chapter buddy pair with outstanding use of the chapter buddy system • Best Scrapbook • Best Freestanding Display (joint w/KKPsi)
District awards continued… • Best Tabletop Display (joint w/KKPsi) • Best Overall Display (joint w/KKPsi) • Outstanding Service to Music Education (chapter) • The Chapter that displays the most dedication to the Music Education field outside of their school. • Most Improved Chapter • Dorothy Allen Nichols Award (Outstanding Chapter below 21 members) • Patsy D. Hejl Award (Outstanding Chapter 21 members and above) • Christina Gordon Scholarship of Excellence • Awarded to a member of Tau Beta Sigma in honor of our former District Counselor. It is a $200 scholarships and applications are available online.
District awards continued… • Spirit of Sisterhood Award – Sigma Turtle (20 members and below) • Spirit of Sisterhood Award – Beta Turtle (21 members and above) • Tau Turtle (most spirited chapter) • Tau’s Book of Spirit (School Spirit) • Candidate of the Month • Candidate Class of the Month