The Tau Beta Chi Fraternity Chapter

Made possible by a group of National Aviation Academy (NAA) students and staff that share a passion and commitment to aviation, the institute establishes the newest chapter of Alpha Eta Rho International Fraternity (AHP) a professional collegiate fraternity, founded to bring together students pursuing careers in aviation.

All membership begins in a college or university where students will be introduced to basic chapter functions, local aviation events, and professional development opportunities. As students progress, they will become thoroughly involved in fraternity chapter operations with options to pursue large scale co-op events to increase aviation awareness and access. Students with exceptional abilities will be encouraged to run for national officer positions to further enhance the membership experience for others.

Alumni members hold the key to fostering students through a successful college career and into the global workforce. Additionally, membership provides a method to stay in touch with individuals across the industry.

Establishing a new Alpha Eta Rho Chapter

This feat could not have been accomplished without the assistance of Garrett Connolly and the members of the Nu Epsilon chapter from our New England campus! The assistance provided by Garrett and Nu Epsilon members allowed students in Tampa Bay to follow suit in their journey to form their own fraternity chapter! A sincere thank-you for providing an excellent foundation for Tau Beta Chi!

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Alpha Eta Rho membership card, coin, and sticker given to each charter member.

The bylaws outlined in the member requirements will hold students to higher standards of academic performance and attendance among other requirements. Additionally, NAA students and alumni will have access to over 60,000 current aviation industry leaders, mentors, and 35,000 active alumni, connecting students to the highest levels of integrity and professionalism. Cultivating a fraternal bond with AHP, will enhance the student experience while at NAA and also continue to serve alumni as they continue to grow and develop their aviation careers for years to come.

Initiation Ceremony

The event was attended virtually by the National President Scott Vlasek and National Executive Director Julia Jones and led by NAA’s Vice President of Student Services and Alpha Eta Rho Faculty Advisor Janice Reyes.

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Tau Beta Chi members listening intently during the virtual initiation ceremony!

The ceremony began with a recitation of the ritual and distribution of the AHP fraternity badge, challenge coins, and certificates, making the 34 charter members official brothers and sisters of Alpha Eta Rho. Next, the chapter’s positions were installed and are held by President M.J. S., Vice President Joshua E., Treasurer Joshua F., Historian Victor A., and Secretary Evan F.

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Janice Reyes pinning a Tau Beta Chi charter member.

Members of Tau Beta Chi have already been busy with charitable events, including Holiday Hopes– an initiative to assist National Aviation Academy students and their families during the holiday season. A big thank-you to Tau Beta Chi member Ashley W. who has been hard at work with Holiday Hopes! Be on the lookout for upcoming events hosted by the fraternity, we are so excited to see them established in the Tampa Bay community!

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