Staff Writer: Kristin Schrecengost
Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international society of Nobel Prize winning economists and
others in the field, recently named Clarion’s Dr. Rod Raehsler as vice-president of the national
board of directors.
ODE is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies, created in 1963 through the
merge of two honor societies: Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon.
Omicron Delta Gamma sought to encourage a closer academic and social relationship
between honor students and faculty on an informal basis, and Omicron Chi Epsilon encouraged
scholarship by organized meetings at conferences and through publication of its official journal.
Dr. Raehsler was nominated a few months ago, and was offered a two-year term as one of
two vice-presidents. Over the next two years he will meet at ODE national meetings as well as
perform basic duties, including setting policies for ODE and taking care of the society’s basic
“I’m in charge of looking at grant applications that various chapters across the country
have sent in. I’m also in charge of scholarships and awards given to students at the national
level,” said Dr. Raehsler.
ODE provides research awards to undergraduates across the country and allots specific
grants to different chapters that organize projects to either help undergraduate students or
advance the chapter.
Clarion University is the Omega Chapter of the 600 chapters worldwide and is the
premier honor society at Clarion University.
Clarion’s Chapter is linked with Allied Social Sciences Association and the American
Economic Association, who routinely sponsor presentations of student research at the national
They were recognized nationally in 2014 when ODE presented Raehsler with the
Distinguished Advisor Award.
Raehsler came to Clarion University in 1991 as a professor of economics and became the
director of the Honors Program on campus. He served as chairperson of the department of
economics from 2003-2016.
“He is really smart and a good teacher. He is very organized and structured; his teaching
takes on a very methodical approach,” said Edward McFadden, a senior in Economics.
The honors program promotes a great deal of undergraduate research and for the last four
years students have had opportunities to go to a national honors conference.
Here Clarion honor students present posters of research and various papers on studies they conduct.
“One of the things I do is promote research and I bring students to conferences if at all
possible,” said Raehsler. “we financially support students to do that, and we’ve been able to
take students for the last four years, pretty much covering their cost.”
Over the course of his career, Raehsler wrote and published over 40 research papers
in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at the American Economic Association meetings
in eight of the last 10 years.