The College of Technology’s Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society was formally chartered as the Eta Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon on Friday, April 8. UPE President, Mr. Chris Lammers, formally accepted the charter from Dr. Daniela Raicu, UPE’s International President, during the chartering ceremony held in the Robert Sneden Auditorium on the Grand Rapids Lettinga Campus. Mr. Lammers was joined on stage by Vice President Zachary Fryling, Secretary Garrett Lampson, and UPE Adviser, Dr. Brian Kowalczk.
Dr. Linda Rinker, Davenport’s Provost, opened the induction ceremony, in which five faculty members, an alumna, and 33 students were inducted into UPE. Acceptance into UPE is by invitation only. Undergraduate students must meet minimum GPA and degree progress requirements, which include a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum GPA of at least 3.5 in degree courses. Graduate students must have completed at least 18 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.6 in all coursework.
UPE is the first and only international honor society for the computing and information sciences. The society was organized at Texas A&M University in 1967 and is endorsed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society. UPE is also a recognized member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS).
Faculty Inductees: Pete Anderson, Ronald Draayer, Robert Clarkson, Michael Nicholas (retired), and Gabriela Ziegler.
Alumna inductee: Victoria Camp, class of 2010.
Student Inductees: Clifton Adams, Michael Allen, Michael Arthur, Rhonda Beesley, Andrew Behrmann, Kevin Bonz, Thomas Carpenter, Daniel Cooper, Jason Curtis, Arin da Silva, Zachary Fryling, Thayne Haegele, Connor Heminger, Latarsha Holmes, Paige Jones, Timothy Kalota, Travis Kowalski, Christopher Lammers, Garrett Lampson, Terrell Lee, Keith LeValley, Syneira Matthew, Collin McCullick, Emily Mitchell, George Painter, Logan Poe, Jordan Reidsma, Kent Reyburn, Elanor Riley, Lynne Rowland, Donna Scanlan, Ardrea Smith, and Staci Wade.