Alpha Epsilon Rho (ΑΕΡ) is an international scholastic honor society recognizing academic achievement among students in the field of electronic media (including web/internet technologies, broadcasting, mass communication, radio, television, cable, and/or film). The honor society is managed as part of the larger Broadcast Education Association (BEA)501C3 non profit association.

Alpha Epsilon Rho
FoundedApril 30, 1943; 80 years ago (1943-04-30)
Stephens College, Columbia, MO
EmphasisElectronic Media
ColorsGreen and Gold
Members80,000 lifetime
Headquartersc/o Broadcast Education Association, 1 M St SE
Washington, DC, DC 20003

History edit

Alpha Epsilon Rho became affiliated with BEA on May 1, 2023. The honor society was formerly part of NBS, NEMA, AERho or NBS-AERho. The society was founded as a local recognition group for students interested in radio technology called Beta Epsilon Phi at Stephens College on December 1, 1941.

With interest in national expansion the Stephens students reached out to similarly inclined students at other institutions for a series of meetings, including representatives from Syracuse University and the University of Minnesota, held at the Institute for Education by Radio, in Columbus, Ohio.[1] The young organization adopted the name of Alpha Epsilon Rho on 30 April 1943, which it considers its founding date.[2] On April 13, 1947, radio station at Syracuse University began regularly scheduled broadcasts on the FM band using the call sign letters of WAER (W Alpha Epsilon Rho).[3][4]

In 1975 the organization became The National Broadcasting Society - Alpha Epsilon Rho, and changed itself from a recognition society into a professional society.[2] As a unit of the NBS, Alpha Epsilon Rho would later become an honor society.

Alpha Epsilon Rho was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies in 2009.

The Alpha Epsilon Rho International Honor Society is now part of the Broadcast Education Association, known as BEA: Educating for Tomorrow's Media. Their mission is to act as the premier international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. The association’s publications, annual convention, web-based programs, and regional district activities provide opportunities for juried production competition and presentation of current scholarly research related to aspects of the electronic media. These areas include media audiences, economics, law and policy, regulation, news, management, aesthetics, social effects, history, and criticism, among others. BEA is concerned with electronic media curricula, placing an emphasis on interactions among the purposes, developments, and practices of the industry and imparting this information to future professionals. BEA serves as a forum for exposition, analysis and debate of issues of social importance to develop members’ awareness and sensitivity to these issues and to their ramifications, which will ultimately help students develop as more thoughtful practitioners. AERho members will be members of BEA. Alpha Epsilon Rho International National Honor Honor Society has many members over its 80 year history and BEA is honored to continue that history.

Traditions edit

The Society's Creed is:

To bind together, in a fraternal and professional bond, men and women dedicated to the future, the development, and the profession of the field of electronic media. To make responsibility our action, achievement our goal, and excellence our ideal, realizing that the trust placed within us, with our profession, can change the destiny of the world.[5]

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References edit

  1. ^ "Organizational History Factoids". Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b Anson, Jack L.; Marchenasi, Robert F., eds. (1991) [1879]. Baird's Manual of American Fraternities (20th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Baird's Manual Foundation, Inc. p. V-67–68. ISBN 978-0963715906.
  3. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  4. ^ Speach, Amy (Fall 2017). "The WAER Connection" (PDF). Syracuse University Magazine. Vol. 34, no. 3. Syracuse University. pp. 46–47. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
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