4 THESIGMAZETAN Sigma Zeta, A National Honorary Science Society came into being because of the firm conviction on the part of the founders that there was definitely a need for an honor organization whicl;l would include in its membership students majoring in Science and Mathematics. The steadp growth of Sigma Zeta justified the belief of the founders, and in 1947 they presented to the Society a Founders' Cup as an evidence of their faith in the sOllnd ()b.lectin~s of the organization, and also of their hope that it may serve as an incentive to each chapter to meet the requirements 'which will be setup for the Cllp. Epsilon Chapter, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio was the first recipiant of the Cup in 1947. Zeta Chapter, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana was the second winner of the a'ward in 1948, and Zeta Chapter of Central State Teachers College, Ste,oens Point, Wisconsin, recehoed the award in 1949. At the National Conclave at Shrutleff College, Alton, Illinois, 1950, Alpha Chapter was the proud winner. ideas. THESIGMAZETAN 5 Tolman Hall, a ver,v quaint and picturesque building, witnessed the initial registration of the delegrates. It was ahlo the place of meeting for ~he National Conclave. SHURTLEFF COLLEGE, ALTON, ILLINOIS April 27, l!)GO was a memorable day for some of the members of Sigma Zeta, privileged to attend the National Concla,oe held at Shurtleff Colle,!!e, Alton, Illinois, the cradle of their fraternity. Perhaps in anticipation they expected the modern spirit of industrialism to scream at them; hut instead, Sigma Zetans disco\'ered that the birthplace of their fraternity, although a large industrial town, preserved a quaint, small townish spirit. One of the firsL river towns along the banks of the Mississippi, students discovered that Alton had cobblestoned, oak lined sh'eets connecting residential distdcts while shadows of Indian le.!relHis lurked in the rich historical background. Nestled among the hills student scientists fouDd Shurtleff College, a permanent part of the picturesque lVliddle-'Yest town. In the buildings, made of stone from the nearby hluffs was born Sigma Zeta. As in 1925 so now in 1950 students met at Shurtleff College. But this gathering was different for scientists had come, not to revive an uninteresting dying society, hut to a conclaye of Sigma Zeta grown from its humble beginning in 1925 to its present status of a National Organiz~tion. £le,oen out of the sixteen actiye chapters-Chapters from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penns~ohoania, to Texas-met to exchange news and Tolman Hall--Girls' Dormitory MINUTES OF THE TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL CONCLAVE OF SIGMA ZETA The twenty-first annual conclave of Sigma Zeta was called to order at 9 :00 A.M. on Friday, April 28, 1950. The meeting was held at Shurtleff College, Alton, Illinois, with ALPHA CHAPTER as host. Dr. Robert L. Shelley presided. Dr. Shelley introduced Nick Vicoli, Recorder Treasurer of ALPHA Chapter, who welcomed the delegates to the Conclave. He, in turn, introduced the Rev. Eldon Dittemore, Dean of Shurtleff College. Mr. Dittemore welcomed Sigma Zeta to the Shurtleff Cam- . pus, saying that it ,vas particularly appropriate that the society celebrate its 25th anniversar,v on the campus where it was founded in 1925. Mr. Myrl H. Ahrendt, National Vice President of Sigma Zeta, responded for the organization. The period from 9 :15 to 10 :30 was devoted to the presentation of student papers. Abstracts of these papers are to be printed in THESIGMAZETAN.