Michigan State University
Bylaws of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers At Michigan State University
SHPE was founded as a non-profit organization
in 1974 by a small group of Hispanic engineers.
They saw the need for an organization
to assist and encourage Hispanics to pursue
careers in science, engineering, and mathematics.
1. Meetings. Meetings are open to anyone
interested in engineering, mathematics,
or science related fields, regardless
of their ethnicity or educational discipline.
Meetings are held once or twice a month.
Meetings begin by addressing old and new
business, typically followed by a technical
presentation given by current students,
corporate representatives and experienced
engineers. Presentations will be immediately
followed by a question and answer session
and concluded with a networking session.
2. Membership. There will be a two-tiered
membership system, with members described
a. Voting Members. A voting member is
any person who is present to at least
two meetings per semester. Each voting
member shall pay a membership fee of $10
per calendar year.
b. Non-voting Members. A non-voting member
is any person who has interest in our
goals and issues, but does not wish to
pay membership fees.
3. Officers. There will be eight officers,
each serving a term of one year. All officers
must be voting members. The positions
are as described as follows:
a. President. The president shall be
responsible for the execution of the MSU/SHPE
constitution. The president shall be responsible
for all matters pertaining to MSU/SHPE.
The president shall preside over general
meetings: be responsible for the structure
of the organization, have the authority
to appoint committees and nominate chairpersons
to those committees, and shall be a liaison
to the MSU/SHPE National Chapter.
b. First Vice-President. The first vice-president
shall assist the president in his/her
duties; shall assume the duties of the
president in his/her absence; shall be
responsible for overseeing all special
committees, report the progress of the
aforementioned to the president; shall
ensure election guidelines are met.
c. Second Vice-President. The second
vice-president shall assist the president
and the first vice-president with their
duties; shall be responsible for the administration
of public-relations issues including but
not limited to: activity announcements,
advertising, general publicity directed
toward the enhancement of club recognition.
d. Corresponding secretary. The corresponding
secretary shall take accurate minutes
at all meetings and shall maintain a file
of all correspondence sent to the organization.
e. Recording Secretary. The recording
secretary shall take accurate minutes
at all meetings and shall read the minutes
of the previous meeting at all general
f. Treasurer. The treasurer shall report
the financial status of MSU/SHPE at all
general meetings; shall record all financial
transactions and be responsible for maintaining
financial records; shall be a member of
the fund-raising committee.
g. SEC Representative. The SEC Representative
shall represent MSU/SHPE in the Student
Engineering Council and report upcoming
events at all general meetings.
h. CRU Representative. The CRU Representative
shall represent MSU/SHPE in the Cultura
de las Razas Unidas council and report
upcoming events at all general meetings.
i. Communications. The communications
officer shall maintain all MSU/SHPE members
informed on upcoming events through means
other than general meetings
4. Elections. Elections are held once
every calendar year. Candidates receiving
a simple majority shall be deemed to have
won the election.
5. Quorum. A quorum shall consist of
1/3 of the total voting members. A simple
majority is defined as one more than a
half of the voting members present or
one more than half of the votes cast.
6. Amending the Bylaws. These Bylaws
may be amended by a simple majority vote
of voting members present at a meeting
provided a quorum is present. Amendments
cannot be proposed and passed at the same
meeting; two separate meetings are required
so that voting members have ample opportunity
to learn of the proposed amendment.
7. Interpreting the Bylaws. In the case
of any latent ambiguities that may appear
in these Bylaws, the officers are responsible
for interpreting these Bylaws. In the
event the officers cannot agree as to
a particular interpretation, the Secretary
shall decide upon an interpretation.
Revised on 29OCT97