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Among the students who received Alpha Lambda Delta certificates at the ceremony were sophomores, from left, Thomas Stephens, Emily Evans, Melinda Borie, Caleb Ritchie, Christopher Beal, Holly Brown, and Madeline Keyser.

Transylvania initiates members into national honor society

Transylvania initiated its inaugural class of the university’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter in December 2009. Sixty-eight sophomores were inducted into the national honor society during a ceremony in Old Morrison chapel.

Alpha Lambda Delta recognizes students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA and are in the top 20 percent of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

To have an Alpha Lambda Delta chapter at an institution, the school must first have its own honor society for first-year students. Sophomore Lee Richardson was instrumental in starting the society at Transylvania, and all of the 68 initiates were inducted into the Transylvania honor society last spring. Once affiliation with the national governing body was granted, these students were inducted into the national honor society.

Sophomore Josh Edge is the president of Alpha Lambda Delta at Transylvania.

“Having a chapter of the national society on campus allows the university the means to recognize early achievement in students,” he said. “As we begin to carve out a place for Alpha Lambda Delta in the Transylvania community, I hope that we will be a voice for first-year students and aid their incorporation into college life.”

Psychology professor Michael Nichols ’68 and associate dean of the college and biology professor Kathleen Jagger are advisers for Alpha Lambda Delta at Transy.

“The Alpha Lambda Delta chapter will be a great asset for Transylvania scholars,” said Jagger. “It will establish a cohort of likeminded students who are high achievers from the start. They have the potential collectively to positively influence the academic ethos of our campus and the opportunity to network nationally and apply for scholarships and grants.”

Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois to recognize academic excellence among first-year women and remained a single-sex organization until the mid-’70s, when it became coeducational. Today, Alpha Lambda Delta has initiated more than 850,000 students. Transylvania is the organization’s 325th chapter.

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Sophomore Josh Edge, president of Alpha Lambda Delta, cuts the cake at the Alpha Lambda Delta reception while faculty adviser psychology professor Michael Nichols ’68 looks on.


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