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Organization Overview

The idea of an honor floriculture and ornamental horticulture society came from an impromptu after-dinner discussion among representatives of several universities attending the International Flower Show held at new York City in 1923. A group of individuals from Cornell University lead by the late Arno Nehrling, developed the organization, wrote the first constitution and ritual and designed the insignia or key. The formal installation of the Alpha Chapter was at Cornell University on June 1, 1923. In 2006 Pi Alpha Xi became the official Honor Society for Horticulture. Today the society has grown to 39 chapters and over 14,000 members. These chapters are located in the United States at four-year institutions with programs in horticulture. Purpose Though an honor society, Pi Alpha Xi is more than a society. The organization was originally established to unify students, educators, and professional horticulturists. The society promotes high scholarship, fellowship, professional leadership, and the enrichment of human life through plants.

Category Academic/Major Related
Keywords horticulture, plants, honor society,
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Emily Balder

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Constitition and Bylaws

You must submit a constitution and bylaws which are to remain public for students, staff and visitors to view.

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On-Campus Advisor

Terry Ferriss

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