Compiled from past Histories * by Chad Willemssen
The Kansas State University (KSU) Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society was founded in 1964 by a group of students interested in issues surrounding fish, wildlife, and natural resources conservation. The Chapter has been active since its founding; serving both the KSU community and its students. In specific, the Chapter serves the students in the Fisheries and Wildlife Biology curriculum, but all KSU students who have an interest in fish and/or wildlife are invited to join and will benefit from the group community and activities.
The Chapter has traditionally met twice a month, a tradition kept by the present Chapter members. Current and past meetings are and were designed to give students and other university members an opportunity to hear distinguished speakers in the fields of wildlife, fisheries, natural resource management, administration, and research; to discuss and learn more about the technical problems and political issues involved in conservation; and to actively learn management and teaching techniques via hands-on activities.
The Student Chapter's many projects throughout the past 30 odd years reflect its diversity. An annual calendar sale and a used book sale have become traditional fund-raisers. The resultant moneys have been used in a variety of ways, including the funding of Chapter functions such as the Annual Spring Banquet; travel reimbursement for students attending professional meetings and conferences; and providing accommodations for guest speakers. The Chapter has also traditionally participated in an All-University Activities Carnival in which various clubs across campus advertise their activities to new students and to prospective new members. Other past activities have included:
The Chapter has distinguished itself in several ways. First, in 1971, our Chapter hosted the very first Midwest Wildlife Student Conclave. The initiation of this educational event for fish and wildlife students in the Midwest was and is a substantial accomplishment for the Chapter, and members from the Chapter have participated in nearly every Conclave held since.
Our Chapter has also distinguished itself through the publication of several booklets. In 1964 a 20 page booklet entitled Tuttle Creek Fishing Guide was published. This booklet described the biology of 16 species of fish and over 3000 copies were distributed. Upland Game Birds of Kansas was published in the fall of 1966 and over 5000 copies were distributed. Later publications included Big Game in Kansas (1968) with 5000 copies distributed, and Trophy Care: Field to Taxidermist (1971) with 3000 copies distributed. Finally, in the summer of 1997, the Chapter published this Web page which will provide information about the Chapter, its history and current activities, and serve as a resource and communications medium for our members, for the KSU community, and beyond.
*Past Histories of the Chapter were compiled in 1984 (David J. Gabriel), 1975 (no author noted), 1973 (no author noted), and 1968 (no author noted). All these histories are in the files of the Chapter Office in 205 Ackert Hall.
Bylaws of the KSU Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Inc.
Article 1. Name, Area, Affiliation and Symbols
Section 1. NAME - The name of this organization shall be the Kansas State University Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
Section 3. CRITERIA FOR AFFILIATION - The Kansas State University Student Chapter shall conform to the Bylaws, Code of Ethics, objectives, policies and positions as adopted by the Wildlife Society, Inc. (Hereinafter, The Wildlife Society, Inc. may be referred to as The Society.) The Student Chapter also shall maintain appropriate affiliation with the campus or student government organizations required by Kansas State University regulations.
Section 4. SYMBOLS - This Student Chapter shall have as its symbol, the logo of The Society. The hieroglyphics in the logo may be interpreted from top to bottom as Mammals, Birds, Fishes, and Flowering Plants, thus signifying the broad interest of the Student Chapter.
Article II. Objectives
1. OBJECTIVES - Consistent with the objectives of The Society, the
Kansas State University Student Chapter objectives are:
1. Assist students in understanding the needs and objectives of employers.
Student Chapter operating and fiscal year shall begin 1 May, although
the Student Chapter's financial reporting must follow The Society's
calendar year schedule.
1. VOTING MEMBER - Voting membership in the Kansas State University
Student Chapter shall be available to any voting member of The Society
who is a registered student at Kansas State University. Only Student
Chapter Voting Members may hold elective offices in the Student
Chapter, vote on official matters affecting The Society, and officially
represent the Student Chapter on business of The Society by Board or
Section 3. CHARTER MEMBER - Voting and Other Members in good standing on the membership rolls as of September, 1964 shall be considered Charter Members.
Section 4. HONORARY MEMBER - Honorary Members of the Kansas State University Student Chapter shall be non-students who, by a majority vote of all Student Chapter members, have been thus recognized for their achievement. A Student Chapter Honorary member need not pay Student Chapter dues and may not vote or hold office.
Section 5. STUDENT CHAPTER ADVISOR - At least 1 faculty member who is a current voting member of The Society shall serve as Student Chapter Advisor.
Section 6. RESIGNATION - Members may resign at any time by giving notice to the Student Chapter's Secretary, or will be considered to have resigned if the student Chapter dues are not paid.
Section 7. REINSTATEMENT - Persons who are dropped from the rolls of the Student Chapter for non-payment of dues or resignation may be reinstated into membership in the Student Chapter upon payment of appropriate dues.
Article V. Elections and Officers
1. ELECTION APPLICATIONS - Only voting members of the Student Chapter
may run for an elected office by filling an applications form for that
office with the Executive Board of the Student Chapter at least 14 days
prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Applications will be publicly
displayed for Student Chapter members to review.
CLAUSE A - Members in arrears shall forfeit their rights to vote during the period of their delinquency.
Section 3. OFFICERS - Officers of the Kansas State University Student Chapter shall consist of a President, Vice-President Wildlife, Vice-President Fisheries, Secretary, and Treasurer. Their duties are:
A - President- The President shall have general supervision of the
Student Chapter officers and operations, shall preside as Chairperson
at meetings of the Executive Board, shall be an ex officio member of
all committees, and shall communicate Student Chapter information to
the membership through the student Chapter Newsletter. The President
may represent the Student Chapter of appoint alternate representatives
to other Chapter, Section or Society boards, committees, or meetings.
Section 4. TERM OF OFFICE - The officers must be voting members of The society, serve for approximately one year, be installed at the Annual Banquet, take office immediately following the Annual Banquet, and unless re-elected, terminate their duties at the conclusion of the next Annual Banquet, or at such time as their successors are elected and installed. A member may hold the same elective position for no more than 2 consecutive terms.
Section 5. VACANCIES - If the office of President is vacated for any reason, a Vice-President (see Section 3, Clause B) shall assume the duties of the President for the balance of the unexpired term of the President. All other vacancies in any unexpired term of an elected office shall be filled through appointment by the Executive Board. All appointees must be Voting Members of the Student Chapter and The Society.
Article VI. Meetings
1. REGULAR MEETINGS - Regular membership meeting shall be held at such
times and places as determined and published by the executive Board.
There shall be no less than 10 meetings each school year.
Section 2. SPECIAL MEETINGS - Special meetings may be called by the Executive Board at any time, provided due notice (Article VI, Section 1B) and the purpose of the call is given.
CLAUSE A - Only items listed in the call for a special meeting shall be acted upon at the special meeting.
Article VII. Management and Finances
1. EXECUTIVE BOARD - The Kansas state University Student Chapter shall
be governed by an executive Board composed of its officers duly elected
to the Board.
Section 2. FINANCE - Funds of the Kansas State University Student Chapter shall be under the supervision of the Executive Board and shall be handled by the Treasurer. The financial records of the Kansas State University Chapter shall be available for review by any Voting Member at any time.
CLAUSE A - The Treasurer need not be bonded.
Section 3. REPORTS - Within 20 days after an election of other official actions, the Secretary shall report such actions to the Executive Director of The Wildlife Society, The Central Mountains and Plains Section Representative, and The Central Mountains and Plains Section President. An annual report and activity time sheets for the President shall be forwarded to these same parties. A statement of calendar-year income and expenses, together with starting and ending balances, must be submitted by the Treasurer to the Executive Director of the Wildlife Society in January of each year for federal tax reporting by The Society office.
Section 4. FILES - The Student Chapter shall maintain a file containing: Bylaws of The Wildlife Society, the Central Mountains and Plains Section, and the Kansas State University Chapter; minutes of all regular and special meetings of the membership and of the Executive Board; correspondence pertinent to Student Chapter affairs; all committee reports; financial statement and records; and all other material designated as pertinent by the Executive Board. A "procedure for filing" shall be kept in the Student Chapter file for the guidance of each succeeding Secretary. A student Chapter "Operations Manual" provided by The Society will be maintained by the student Chapter President and a written record of transfer of this manual to the incoming President shall be maintained and The Society shall be notified of each such transfer.
Section 5. RESOLUTIONS AND PUBLIC STATEMENTS - Two or more members may submit resolutions or statements to the Executive Board for possible consideration. These shall be accepted or rejected by the Board and, if involving new policy, prepared for submissions to the Student Chapter membership. Such new items must be approved by two-thirds of the Student Chapter membership voting and must be transmitted to The Society, the Central Mountains and Plains Section Representative, and the Central Mountains and Plains President, if approved. Actions falling within previously established Student Chapter policies may be carried out by any Student Chapter officer upon unanimous approval of the Executive Board. On issues where there are no previously established Student Chapter policies and that demand action on a reasonably short notice, the President, or designated representative, may present a Public Statement on behalf of the student Chapter provided that:
1) the concept of the
statement be brought to the Executive Board's attention and accepted by
them prior to public issuing of the statement; and
a) when the content of the statement falls within the established policy of The Society; and
Article VIII. Committees
1. APPOINTMENTS - The Student Chapter President shall consider
suggestions of the Executive Board in appointing chairs of all regular
standing committees and all special committees such as awards and
hospitality. Committee chairs shall complete their committees with the
Executive Board's assistance. All committee chairs shall submit a
written summary of committee activities to the President and the
Secretary before the close of each annual Student Chapter business
A - Membership - This committee shall encourage the maximum number of
qualified persons attending Kansas state University to become members
of The Wildlife Society, the Central Mountains and Plains Section, and
the Kansas State University Chapter. This committee shall maintain a
list of all students at Kansas State University who list wildlife
management or related fields as their major subject and encourage them
to be active in the Student Chapter.
Section 3. ACCOUNTABILITY- All committees shall be accountable to the Executive Board under the general supervision of the President.
Section 4. TENURE - All committees shall serve approximately 1 year, beginning with the fall semester and ending at the Annual Banquet.
Article IX. Dissolution
dissolution of the Kansas State University Student Chapter of The
Wildlife Society, its Executive Board shall transfer all assets,
accrued income, and other properties to The Council of The Wildlife
Society with the understanding that said assets will be held for a
maximum of 5 years from the date of dissolution of the Student Chapter,
for redistribution to another chapter that may be established in
approximately the same geographical area with the said 5-year period.
If another chapter is not established within said area and period of
time, The Society Council may use or distribute all assets, accrued
income, and other properties as best determined by The Council in
accordance with Society Bylaws.
1. PROCEDURE - These Bylaws may be altered or amended by a two-thirds
vote of the Student Chapter Voting Members at any annual, regular, or
special meeting if due notice of the proposed changes is given at least
15 days prior to the vote. A members who will be absent from the
meeting may file an absentee ballot (Article V, Section 2B).