Monday, January 6, 2014

OTT-Alpha Gamma Chapter officers installed and new members initiated

Tampa, FL - January 6, 2014. The Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Omicron Tau Theta professional organization, established at the University of South Florida in 2013, started the new year with a bang holding another initiation ceremony to install chapter officers and welcome new members on board. Shetay Ashford, Treasurer and Membership Secretary, reported the installation of chapter officers and that 10 new members were inducted into OTT’s Alpha Gamma Chapter at USF on January 4th at the Tampa campus. 

Sponsored by our OTT chapter, prior to the initiation ceremony, Dr. Daniel Cox presented the results of his dissertation research to the group. In his dissertation study Daniel analyzed predictors of student enrollment patterns in high school career academies. He defended his dissertation on November 14, 2013.

After lunch, which was provided by Chef Bonnie James, Shetay Ashford’s mom, Dr. Johanna Lasonen, Chapter Advisor, introduced the ceremony providing some historical background about OTT and the Alpha Gamma Chapter at USF. Dr. Lasonen explained that to establish the chapter, officers had been chosen on a volunteer basis to get activities started. To formalize officers' roles, an installation ceremony was held to recognize Shetay Ashford as Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Dr. Daniel Cox as Historian, Dr. Bill Blank as Parlamentarian, Meredith Bogush as Secretary, Lysey Reys Nickel as Public Relations Officer, Jessica Shearer as Board Member, Dr. Edward Fletcher as President Elect, and Dr. Victor Hernandez as President.

The installation of officers was followed by the initiation of new members including Moni Dickerson, Cichele Fields, Zachary Riffell, Ansberto Vallejo, Todd Van Auken, Lisa Martino, Fred Edora. The new members are currently in the process of completing doctoral studiers in Career and Workforce Education. Congratulations on your induction to OTT’s Alpha Gamma Chapter!

The ceremony concluded with a conversation with Pekka Kämäräinen about the German workforce education system. Pekka Kämäräinen serves as Researcher at the Institute of Technology and Education, University of Bremen in Germany, and contributes to the work of the Department of International Research on Vocational Education and Training, Innovation, and Industrial Culture.

Below are some pictures of the OTT chapter event.