New OU honor society off to a ‘slow start’

Though it was founded almost a year ago, it’s been a slow start for a new women’s and gender studies national honor society at Ohio University.

Started in Denver in 1988, Iota Iota Iota, or Triota, is a national honor society to recognize academic achievements of women’s and gender studies students.

A chapter was formed at OU during last year’s spring quarter with the encouragement of Judith Grant, director of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.  

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for people interested in that topic to be part of a national community of scholars doing work on gender,” Grant said.

Applicants for Triota must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, be working toward a degree or minor in women’s and gender studies, and have already completed at least six women’s and gender studies course hours.

However, because of setbacks such as its president’s graduating, the organization is still working to establish itself as an official honor society.   “I really would say it’s still getting started, Grant said. “There was a lot of enthusiasm, and then a lot of our members graduated.”

Triota’s new president Kaeleen Kosmo, a senior studying communication studies, said she is committed to growing the organization’s numbers.

Kosmo said she hopes Triota will have strong community involvement and work closely with other organizations such as the OU Women’s Center or local women’s charities such as My Sister’s Place. 

Taylor Brand, a senior studying math, acknowledged Triota’s rough start but said she views it as an opportunity to form the society in the most beneficial way for OU members.

“It’s such a new organization that there’s no tradition. There’s nothing yet, so they’re just trying to figure it out,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity to do something for yourself and be a little more creative than other organizations may allow.”

Nine people showed up for the first meeting of the quarter Monday night. They discussed their goals for Triota and filled the remaining executive positions.
“We’ve never had that many people,” Brand said. “It was really great to see everybody who expressed interest.”

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