Published on January 5th, 2023 | by University of Mississippi


Pi Sigma Epsilon Recharters at Ole Miss

Alpha Theta chapter’s initiation ceremony welcomes new members

Pi Sigma Epsilon, the only nationally recognized co-ed professional fraternity focused on marketing, management and sales, has rechartered the Alpha Theta chapter at the University of Mississippi.

The chapter originally chartered in 1963 with founding member and past national president, Lewis F. Gordon, but became inactive at some point since.

“This addition will enhance our marketing and sales program by allowing our students to develop professionally through experiential learning,” said Laurie Babin, instructional associate professor of business administration and faculty adviser of the Ole Miss chapter of PSE.

PSE national members traveled from their headquarters in Greenfield, Wisconsin, to Oxford for an initiation ceremony on November 30, during which the chapter welcomed 30 members. A notable change from 1963: this time, women are included.

Chapter president Parker Holden, a freshman general business major from Moseley, Virginia, said he is looking forward to what will come next semester and beyond. In the spring, the chapter plans to hold charity and fundraising events in Oxford, and members will have a chance at job and internship opportunities by participating in events on a local and national level.

“After gaining our charter from PSE headquarters, we are ready to begin our business advantage for life as we advance this year and into the next as the Alpha Theta chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon here at Ole Miss,” he said.

PSE gives its members chances to gain hands-on experience through experiential learning opportunities, participate in conferences both regionally and nationally, and network with professionals through PSE’s corporate partner program. Nearly 60 active chapters operate at universities and colleges across the country.

“I am so excited to see what this chapter does in their first year of being active again with PSE,” said Erin Suhajda, manager of member services at PSE national headquarters. “It is the oldest chapter we have had the opportunity to bring back in recent history, and I believe they will be a top chapter in the region very soon.”

By Claire Sahs

Officers of the Alpha Theta chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon gather to mark the honorary’s rechartering at the University of Mississippi. They are (from left) Reginald Fisher, vice president of human resources; Nathan Dressing, vice president of professional development; George Embry, president; Ryan Jones, vice president of marketing; Parker Holden, vice president of public relations and 2023 president-elect; and Kate Rodenmeyer, vice president of administration and 2023 vice president of administration-elect. Photo by Joe Worthem
The original chartering group for the Alpha Theta chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon gathers at Ole Miss in 1963. Submitted photo
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The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. A member of the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, Ole Miss has a long history of producing leaders in public service, business, academics and the professions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school; nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy; and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s most beautiful, Ole Miss's main campus is in Oxford, which is routinely recognized as one of the nation's best college towns.

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