Epsilon Sigma Phi Server and Website History

Dr. Billy Warrick can be credited with the origin of the ESP website.   At the National Conference in Spokane, Washington in 1996 during one of the concurrent sessions the potential for the development of an ESP website was discussed.   The need to communicate by providing information from the national organization to all of the members was identified as a high priority.

Dr. Warrick agreed to return home to Texas to see if it would be possible for a website to be established on the Texas A & M system to serve the needs of ESP.   Dr Warrick and his colleague Mike Gearst from Texas A & M were responsible for the original system.   For twelve years Billy has been the webmaster who has overseen the growth and development for the website.

In addition to the work he has done on the website, Dr. Warrick has served as the photographer for numerous National Conferences.  His work capturing the education, recognition, networking and socialization of our members have become a part of the history to the organization.

The members of ESP are grateful to Dr. Billy Warrick for his efforts to improve the communication within our organization and for capturing our history through his work on our behalf.

The original server was set up in April 1997 to serve as a centralized website for the Epsilon Sigma Phi Chapters across the nation. It's goal is to have the ESP homepage for every state chapter and the national chapter housed at one site for easy access.

The first server was a 66 mhz 486 computer using a Linux operating system. The webserver software being used is WN. This website was designed by Dr. Billy Warrick and set-up by Monty McDougal (many thanks to Linux Guru Paul Sittler). The ESP server leeches its connectivity from half of a T1 line.

On October 10, 2000 a new web server was put online, it is a 500 mhz 586 computer using a Linux operating system. The webserver software being used is Apache. This website was designed by Dr. Billy Warrick and set-up by Linux Guru Paul Sittler. The ESP server leeches its connectivity from half of a T1 line.

On August 30, 2001 the national ESP page moved to a web hosting service at http://www.burlee.com. This web host provided the opportunity for the new name http://espnational.org. The server hosting the site is running NT and should provide our members with continued dependable service.

In 2007 the National Board and the Marketing Committee embarked on a new look for Epsilon Sigma Phi.  The new look included an updated marketing plan for ESP.   The result included a new logo and style manuals that provide chapters and members with guidelines for communications and supporting materials for the organization.   Steppingstone, LLC was hired to help update the image and marketing program for the organization.

As a result of the updated marketing a major change has been made to the ESP website. The new site is being hosted by GoDaddy.com and has been designed using Joomla software. The new software will provide many additional opportunities that will be developed over time.  The newly appointed National Executive Director Bob Ohlensehlen began to move information from the old site to the new website during the summer of 2009.  The site was introduced to the membership duirng the National Conference held in September of 2009 at Fargo, North Dakota.  The new site was launched for the general membership in October of 2009.  The new site features new features such as submission of reports, scholarship applications and recognition applications using the online system which was a part of the website.

If you would like to link your state chapter to the National ESP page, or have any questions or comments about the server then please direct them to Bob Ohlensehlen.