Xi Sigma Pi was founded in 1908 at the University of Washington as an honor society meant to recognize excellence among students of traditional forest management. The Chi Chapter of Virginia Tech, as have most chapters, has expanded its view of forest management to recognize fields such as fisheries and wildlife management, outdoor recreation, and forest products marketing and science as integral parts. In keeping with the stated national goals of the society, the Chi Chapter seeks both to recognize and encourage academic excellence among students of the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
All juniors and seniors in the College with a QCA of 3.0 or above are invited to join Xi Sigma Pi. After a short initiation period, new members are free to participate in any of Xi Sigma Pi's activities, most of which provide services to the College. The largest, and most important, of these projects is tutoring. Xi Sigma Pi members make themselves available to tutor, free of charge, students within the college who are having difficulty in College classes. Students in need of tutoring should contact the President who will attempt to find an appropriate tutor. Tutoring is not provided for courses such in departments such as Chemistry, Biology, or Math due to the quantity of tutoring opportunities available from those departments. Xi Sigma Pi also produces the Silvics Digest, a concise collection of the silvical characteristics of the trees important to students in the College. Students in either of the Forest Ecology courses or Silviculture will find this book especially valuable. It is usually offered for sale at the beginning of every semester in Ecology or Silviculture, or the President can be contacted.
Additional projects are undertaken by the Society as necessary. Members attempt to participate in and represent the College at various functions, which includes welcoming incoming freshmen. Members are also encouraged to join the Natural Resource Ambassadors Dean's Team, which seeks to serve the College through volunteer office work and representation at events throughout the year. Anyone with any questions or concerns should feel free to contact the President at any time.
Learn more at our website: gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/XiSigmaPi/about.