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Alpha Lambda Delta Spring 2016 Newsletter

In This Issue: A Note from the ED \ New MHS Guides Scholarships & Awards \ Tips for a Successful Induction Social Media \ National Conference Update Spring 2016 Calendar

A Note from the Executive Director Welcome to the new year, the spring semester, and for many of you, welcome to the start of your Alpha Lambda Delta induction season! We are excited to help you invite and usher in our newest Alpha Lambda Delta members. You’ll find here in this newsletter, and especially in the upcoming issue of The Flame magazine, many useful tips and strategies for a successful initiation. We look forward to hearing about all the wonderful activities you have planned for the spring, and as always, we remain committed to assisting in any way we can. Call or email us about anything, no question is too big or too small. While we are always happy to welcome new chapters to the Alpha Lambda Delta family, we are dedicated to the health and prosperity of your chapter. Please let us know how we can help. We wish you all the best for a great semester.

New MyHonorSociety (MHS) Guides Logging in to MyHonorSociety (MHS) An Alpha Lambda Delta Tutorial




We understand the MHS system can be a bit difficult to navigate, and it’s hard to remember how to use a process you only use once or twice a year. We’ve created step-by-step guides (with screenshots) to help. Check out our guides on the ALD homepage, under “My Honor Society System” on the right. Guides include: • • • •

Logging in to MHS New This Year! Creating an Invitation Group Customize your “From” Personalizing Your Messages field on your MHS Updating Your Chapter Information messages! and Officers

If you are not using MHS and would like to get started or if you have any questions, you are always welcome to call/email the National Office at 1.800.9.ALPHA.1 or

Scholarships & Awards Maria Leonard Senior Book Award

This award is offered by the National Council for awarding the graduating member with the highest GPA. While supplies last, chapters can order one book (this year: Letters of Note) free of charge. Additional books are available for purchase. Allow 2-3 weeks for shipping/delivery

2016 Maria Leonard Senior Book: Letters of Note, by Shaun Usher

Graduate Fellowships

Since 1940, ALD has awarded fellowships to ALD members pursuing graduate study. 24 fellowships are awarded annually, ranging from $3,000 to $7,500. Applications go directly to the National Office (no campus deadline). Deadline: January 31

Advisor of the Year Award Nominations

This annual award recognizes outstanding ALD advisors. Advisors are nominated by their chapter for service, leadership and dedication to ALD. Check out our new, shorter nomination form. Deadline: January 31

Letters of Note is a collection of over 125 letters that highlight the events and people of history. These unusual, entertaining, and inspiring letters are coupled with photographs, portraits, and revelant artworks.

Tips for a Successful Induction From Your ALD National Council Members

Be confident if you are speaking. James G. Stemler Study-Abroad Scholarships You’re the only one who knows if you’ve gone off script a little or mispronounced “Maria Stemler Scholarships are for study-abroad programs. Leonard.” Be confident and keep going! 20 scholarships are awarded each year, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Campus deadlines vary. Distribute certificates at check-in. National Deadline: February 15 Save yourself the hassle of figuring it out on

Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarships

Trow Scholarships are presented to outstanding sophomores, to be used in their junior year. 36 scholarships are awarded annually, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Campus deadlines vary. National Deadline: April 1

Order of the Torch Award Applications

This annual award is for the most outstanding ALD chapters. Chapters submit a scrapbook for judging, describing their activities during the past year. Deadline: May 1

Maintain the Flame Award Applications

For those schools who received the Order of the Torch within the last four years, they may submit a scrapbook for judging to receive a banner patch. Deadline: May 1

stage - give the students their certificate at check-in. You can also have students sign the book at check-in. This way you know each student is getting the right certificate. Then you can distribute the ALD pins on stage. Have students say their own names. If you’re worried about mispronouncing a name, have students introduce themselves. Make it fun by adding where they are from. Get your officers involved. You don’t have to do everything yourself! Get your officers involved and have them plan and assist with the induction ceremony. Confirm details in advance. Be sure to do a final confirmation with your caterers, speakers, musicians, etc. a few days before the induction ceremony.

What’s Your Social Media Strategy? Engage Your Members Online Social media is a great way to communicate to your members, highlight your events and service activities, and post information about your meetings. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram any or all of them are great ways to engage your members. If your chapter is not on social media perhaps now’s the time to think about it!

Check out what these chapters are doing:

Be sure to follow the National Office so we can share and repost the great things you are doing. Facebook: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Students Twitter: @nationalald Instagram: @nationalald LinkedIn: (Company) Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society

@aldoakland (on Twitter and Instagram) Oakland University

Alpha Lambda Delta, UHD Chapter (on Facebook) University of Houston Downtown

@AlphaLambdaDeltaUC (on Twitter) - University of Cincinnati

Alpha Lambda Delta National Conference: Washington DC October 28 - 30, 2016 Alpha Lambda Delta’s 2016 National Conference will be held Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30 in Washington DC. Our hotel, The Washington Court, is located just a few blocks from the Capitol building. Less than two weeks prior to a presidential election, Washington DC is the perfect place for our conference! More details regarding the conference will be released throughout the summer on the national ALD website.

You asked - we listened! We understand many of you need more lead time than the beginning of the fall semester for registration (for budgets, planning, flights, etc). Mid-March, we will launch a registration designed to allow you to “reserve your space” for the fall conference. This way, you don’t have to know exactly who is going (as most of you have not had elections yet), but you can plan in advance to send yourself and up to two students. Once you know more details, you can simply contact the National Office (on or before September 20) to update the information. We hope this helps you with your planning!

Alpha Lambda Delta Spring 2016 Calendar

January April


Graduate Fellowship application deadline Advisor of the Year nominations deadline

February 1


Trow Scholarship application deadline

Also this month:

Graduate Fellowship & Stemler Scholarship recipients announced

Election ballots mailed to chapters



Chapters receive The Flame shipment



Chapter Annual Reports Due

Stemler Scholarship application deadline

March 1

Chapter Annual Report form available Election ballots due


National Conference sign up available

Also this month:

Call for National Council Professional Member-at-Large nominations

Order of the Torch / Maintaining the Flame application deadline

Future Dates July 2016

Trow Scholarship recipients announced Order of the Torch / Maintain the Flame recipients announced

October 28 - 30, 2016

National Conference in Washington DC

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