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OCU Awarded International Emergency Management Honor Society Chapter

Epsilon Pi Phi (EPP) the preeminent Emergency Management Honor Society recently awarded Ohio Christian University with the newest Epsilon Pi Phi (EPP) Chapter. Epsilon Pi Phi (EPP) was established by The Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation in 2006 in order for students within emergency management programs would have an avenue for recognition of academic success and contributions to the profession. This specialized honor society strives to be an avenue for the promotion of emergency management and related disciplines as a profession.

The mission of Epsilon Pi Phi is to strive for the reward, advancement and recognition of disaster/emergency management, disaster research and science, homeland security, and business continuity as a discipline and profession and to encourage a high standard of excellence and partnerships in these related fields of practice and study.

Prior to this year, Ohio Christian University Students wishing to join had to become members of the national chapter. Program Director, Dr. Thad Hicks stated, “The program at OCU has grown to include a number of very accomplished young emergency managers, and I felt it was time to establish an OCU honor society chapter to highlight these accomplishments.” One of this year’s inductees, Sam Bussey added, “I have chosen this field of study and worked hard. I am glad that there is a society like EPP that recognizes my contribution to the Emergency Management profession.”

Membership into the society is not easy and only a few emergency management students nationwide qualify for membership. Undergraduate members must maintain a 3.5 GPA or "A-" letter grade, and rank in the top 20% of their class. Graduate members must maintain a 3.75 GPA or "A" letter grade, and rank in the top 20% of their class. The OCU chapter currently has 11 students and alumni in its ranks.