Skip to comments.Students work to establish first archaeology fraternity in the country
Posted on 05/11/2018 12:42:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A group of 19 students wants to establish the first archaeology fraternity in the nation.
After registering as a student organization in November, Delta Iota Gamma recruited 12 members to its inaugural pledge class earlier this semester. The group plans to become a nationally recognized fraternity by the fall because members want to help students studying archaeology or classics build professional networks a resource they said is needed on campus.
Members said this semester theyve worked to trademark the groups letters and write governing documents. As they continue to gain recognition, they are also planning to host social events, like a Star Wars-themed prom in May and archaeology lectures taught by professionals next semester.
Senior Mason Gerard, the president of Delta Iota Gamma, said the group formed a close friendship during a University-sponsored archaeological dig in Israel last year which ultimately led to the creation of the organization.
Getting up at four in the morning to go do manual labor for eight hours definitely does that to people, Gerard said. That evolved into what would become Delta Iota Gamma.
Gerard said members were recruited earlier this semester through word of mouth. He said establishing a group that could help students network in the archaeology and classics fields would build a community for the roughly 20 students who study those majors.
The kicker now is to transition from a more casual word-of-mouth-style recruitment process to hit the ground running to really get our name out there, he said. Thats what were aiming for.
Situated in D.C., members will have access to resources, like Smithsonian museums and historical sites, just blocks from campus so they can meet professionals and visit exhibits, Gerard said.
Members of Delta Iota Gamma said they hope to establish themselves as a professional fraternity to stand alongside seven organizations currently on campus. The fraternity status will also give them more national recognition and encourage students at other universities to start their own chapters.
The University requires that students nominate a chapter president and draft a constitution before they can be recognized as a fraternity.
Junior Cece Chisdock, the groups treasurer, said being the first archeology fraternity in the nation would draw in support from professionals around the world to help them land jobs or internships. She said their recognition would also draw attention to archaeology programs at GW that often get overshadowed.
There are different aspects to this school other than international affairs and political science, Chisdock said.
Chisdock said members of the group want to attend conferences next academic year, like the American Schools for Oriental Research Conference an annual research summit held in November in Colorado and travel to local excavation sites with GWs Classics and Archeology Club, a student organization focused on ancient civilizations.
Junior Lucy Qin, Delta Iota Gammas recruitment chair, said during the recruitment process this year, the group held events like informal information sessions and trivia nights for founding members to get to know potential members. She said the group will organize a more formal rush process next year, but the group hasnt yet mapped out specifics.
She said the group also wants to recruit more honorary members, like archaeology professors and experts, next year to help their members build professional relationships.
DIG is young and still exploring, Qin said. Nothings set in stone yet on the professional scene as we are just getting started, but we have big plans.
Wonder if that Naked Archaeologist guy would help?
I liked that series too.
Delta Iota Gamma?
I liked the series too however he was full of crap most of the time.
I can sure dig the fact that these students are interested in formally an organization to develop professional relationships and help students find internships and employment after graduation. These majors don’t sound like something a Social Justice Warrior would be involved with; I don’t think these “warriors” would like to get up at 0400 and head to a dig and be dirty all day.
forming not formally
“Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.”
“You’re talking about Delta, sir.”
I didn’t know enough either way and took it for what it was.
The bits of campy stock footage were a nice touch.
Geology rocks, Archeology digs it.
This might have worked 50 years ago but since then shrieking feminists and angry Liberals have made anthropology a sick joke.
Motto: We dig older women.
If you dug in a little deeper, you would find out he would leave out any artifacts/evidence that contradicted whatever narrative he was pushing for that particular episode. In some cases it wasn’t a big deal in other cases it was really fraudulent. He also had no real training/education in archaeology. Most of the time like you I enjoyed the show
I discovered it while recuperating from gall bladder removal.
Then it was a good way to pass the time.
Au contraire. The last week or two, I saw a story about essentially stopping archaeologists from disturbing "remains" because "the remains are still people" or some rot.
I'm guessing these people don't want verifiable facts interfering with the infantized bubble they've created for themselves.
Think "Kennewick Man". Some Native American Indians have no interest in the possibility of finding out somebody was in North American before them.
Unfair unless Anthropologists are included!
... Then the push will be for Paleontologists, then Sociologist, then when it gets to Psychologists ... everyone goes psycho!
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