- This society is one of the coordinate branches of the body
known as the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and shall be called the Alpha
Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society in the State of Arkansas.
- The object of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the promotion
of scholarship and friendship among students and graduates of American Colleges.
- The members of the Chapter shall be elected primarily
from the best scholars of the graduating classes of the college. Secondly from
those graduates of said college whose post graduate work entitles them to such
honor and lastly from any persons distinguished in letters, science or education,
provided, however that the section from each graduating class shall not exceed
one-fourth the number of graduates. But the Chapter may make further limitations
- In addition to scholarship, good moral character shall
be a qualification of membership, and any member who is found to have lost this
qualification may be expelled from the society by a four-fifths vote of the
members present at a regular annual meeting of the society.
- This Chapter shall send a delegation to represent it at
each National Council of the United Chapters, shall contribute its equal part
to the financial support of the United Chapters and shall conform to the Constitution
of the United Chapters and all lawful requirements of the National Council.
- This chapter shall by the enactment of suitable By-Laws
provide for the election of officers, the initiation of members,, the conduct
of its meetings, and for such other matters as shall be prescribed by the United
Chapters; provided, however, that such By Laws shall contain nothing inconsistent
with this constitution or with the Constitution and By-laws of the United Chapters
and that they shall not thereafter be amended with the approval of the Senate.
- The officers of this chapter shall be a president, a vice-president and a
secretary-treasurer, whose duties shall be those that are customarily performed
by such officers.
- The officers of the Chapter shall be elected at the annual business meeting
of the Chapter and shall hold office for one year or until their successors
- Immediately upon assuming office the president shall appoint two other
members of the Chapter who together with the president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer,
shall constitute the executive committee in whom shall be vested the duties
incidents to the management of the affairs of the Chapter between meetings.
It shall be the province of the executive council to pass on the qualifications
of other institutions applying for charters and to make recommendations to this
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Voting on such recommendations shall be restricted
to Chapter members who are University officers and faculty members.
- The officers and other members of the executive council shall be chosen
from the members of the Chapter who are also University officials or faculty
- The executive council shall have the power to conduct the business of the
chapter, to make necessary expenditures between meetings, to appoint delegates
to any district conference, and to perform such other duties as usually devolve
upon an executive council.
- Two regular meetings shall be held during each academic year; on or about
December 5 primarily for the election of officers for the ensuing year and for
the transaction of other business; another in March, primarily election of new
members. Special meetings may be called at any time by the president and shall
be called on the written request of four members of the Chapter.
- A meeting for initiation and dinner shall be held within thirty days after
the March election.