Florida Eta Installed 


Article taken from The BENT of Tau Beta Pi on the original installation of Florida Eta on February 29th, 1992.

"The Florida Eta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi was installed at Florida A&M University/Florida State University in Tallahassee on February 29th, 1992.  President James W. Johnson Jr. was official installing deputy.  He was assisted by Secretary-Treasurer James D. Froula and by District 5 Director Charles S. Hanskat.

The 1991 Convention granted a charter to the FAMU/FSU Engineering Honor Society.  That group had been represented at the National meeting in College Station, TX, by student representatives Thomas V. Baran and Bradley A. Freathy and advisor Fred O. Simons Jr., MS A ’60.  Arrangements for the initiation and the installation were made by the officers of the petitioning group headed by President Freathy.

The formal ceremonies were held in mid-afternoon off campus in the Florida State Conference Center.  Members of the initiation team included: Advisors Robert N. Braswell, AL B ’57, Charles R. Standridge, MO Γ ’75, John C. Telotte, LA B ’77, and Dr. Simons; visiting guests Shawnna L. Biddle, FL Γ ’93, Roger M. Davis, AL E ’92, D. Steven Pierre Jr., AL E ’90, and M. Cory Postle, AL E ’93; and the national officers.

The first members of Florida Eta included one eminent engineer, 11 alumni, and 53 students – all identified in the photograph captions.  The group was constituted a new chapter by Mr. Johnson, who conducted the Tau Beta Pi ceremony of installation.  The formalities included the election and inauguration of the chapter’s charter officers and advisors, identified in a photograph caption.

The installation banquet was held that evening in the conference center.  President Freathy was master of ceremonies, and the invocation was given by Dr. Simons.

After dinner, Secretary Froula welcomed the new group as the 212th collegiate chapter of Tau Beta Pi and challenged the initiates to strive for excellence in all of their activities and to develop their personal leadership skills.  President Johnson extended greetings from the national organization and the Executive Council, and he noted the commitment to engineering demonstrated by the engineering college through the lengthy petitioning process.  Mr. Hanskat introduced the four representatives from visiting chapters and encouraged worthwhile project activity by the new members.

Dr. Krishnamurty Karamcheti, dean of engineering, expressed his gratitude at being initiated, marked February 29th as a special day for the engineering college, and thanked Dr. Simons and those others who ran the race and jumped the hurdles to earn a Tau Beta Pi chapter.

Dr. Simons asked the initiates to pledge to build an outstanding chapter.  He thanked Dr. Thomas J. Harrison, PA Γ ’57, who had built and assembled a beautiful, polished-oak, four-foot, bent monument for the chapter.  He recognized several hard-working chapter officers and thanked the three national officers for their efforts.

Membership certificates were distributed by Dean Karamcheti and Brad Freathy, who thanked members, advisors, and officers who had worked during the petition process."

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