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A Letter from the Executive Director ..................................................................................................... 3 Meet the 2016-2017 National Council .................................................................................................. 4 National Council Annual Meeting Update ............................................................................................ 5 2016 National Leadership Conference Recap ....................................................................................... 6 New Chapter Installations .................................................................................................................... 12 Cheyney University, Davenport University, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design,
Mount Carmel College of Nursing, St. Francis College, Thomas More College
Reactivated Chapters ............................................................................................................................. 19 Listing of All ALD Chapters .................................................................................................................. 20 Jo Anne J. Trow Undergraduate Scholarship 2016 Recipients ......................................................... 22 James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship 2016 Recipients ......................................................... 24 Graduate Fellowship 2016 Recipients ................................................................................................. 26 Order of the Torch and Maintaining the Flame ................................................................................. 28
Torch recipients: University of California-Los Angeles, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, Purdue University, University of Southern California
Advisors of the Year 2016 ..................................................................................................................... 35 Advisor Anniversaries ........................................................................................................................... 36 New Advisors in 2016 ........................................................................................................................... 37 Alpha and Delta Awards ........................................................................................................................ 38 Chapter Reports ..................................................................................................................................... 40 2017 National Leadership Conference ................................................................................................ 59 2017 Flame Magazine Cover
This year’s cover was designed by Alpha Lambda Delta member Ana Cattleya Villarama, from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Villarama is a Communication Design major who was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta in 2016.
The National Office would like to thank our National Editor, Dr. Marty Knepper, from Morningside College, for her leadership, expertise, and editorial talent in producing this year’s Flame magazine. We’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Mike Nichols, Transylvania University, for his time and talents proofreading and editing The Flame.
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A Letter from the Executive Director I came across an article recently about the impact membership in campus clubs has on students, and it reminded me of the profound effect involvement in student organizations had on me when I was an undergraduate student (many years ago!). My institution did not have a chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta at the time, but I was involved in my majorâ€™s honor society, Psi Chi (psychology), as well as a variety of other clubs. My participation in these organizations allowed me to connect to my college and helped me figure out where the resources were when I needed them. They helped me build a community on campus, something I really appreciated after moving away from home for the first time. I was able to discover my passions and strengths, as well as what my challenges were, and I could build on my skill set to enhance my resume. Because I was part of an honor society, there were programs year round that supported academic success, so I maintained decent grades. Through community service I had a chance to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. One of the most important benefits I derived from my involvement in student organizations was the ability to manage my time effectively. That may sound counterintuitive, because we tend to think of student leaders as over-committed and often pressed for time. While that is true for some, participating in clubs requires organization and time management on the part of the student, and, if managed well, can be a learned skill that lasts a lifetime.
and strategies. We would also like to start a library for sharing some of the great projects and programs already in place across our many chapters.
If you are a student leader, an officer of your chapter, or a chapter advisor, I encourage you to embrace the benefits of involvement in Alpha Lambda Delta and think about ways you can enhance membersâ€™ experiences. Create meaningful projects and programs for your chapter that connect to your institution, build community, develop a resume, support academics, serve the community, and enhance members' strengths and leadership skills such as time management. The National Office will continue to add resources to the website that address these topics and offer programming ideas
If you are a new member of Alpha Lambda Delta, congratulations and welcome! I encourage you to support your chapter leaders and gain as much as you can from your involvement: attend meetings, go to the many programs offered by your chapter, and embrace all the organization has to offer. Then step up to take on a leadership role next year. As always, the National Office is here to assist you, and we welcome ideas and suggestions. Send us your successful program ideas so that others can learn and benefit. We are a community of 280 chapters, and 25,000-30,000 new members join us every year. Letâ€™s support each other as we work to develop meaningful experiences for students. - Eileen Merberg
To view the article referenced, visit http://tinyurl.com/ALD2017EDwelcome
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Meet the 2016-2017 National Council
Dr. Susan Huffman
Purdue University National President Chair of Executive, Administration, Nominations and Bylaws, and Personnel Committees
Dr. Carrie Arnold
Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs Professional Member-at-Large Chair of Trow Scholarship Committee
Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell
Longwood University Vice President for Finance and Long Range Planning Chair of Budget and Finance Committee
Northern Kentucky University Professional Member-at-Large
Oakland University Professional Member-at-Large Chair of Long Range Planning Committee
Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs Student Member-at-Large Chair of Expansion Committee
Dr. Marty Knepper
Dr. James Stemler University of Portland
Morningside College National Editor Chair of Publications Committee Alpha Lambda Delta
Indiana Univ. - Purdue Univ. Indianapolis Vice President for Chapter Relations and Expansion Chair of Chapter Relations and Stemler Scholarship Committees
Western Michigan State Professional Member-at-Large Chair of Fellowship Committee
Indiana Univ. - Purdue Univ. Indianapolis Student Member-at-Large Chair of Order of the Torch Committee
National Council Annual Meeting Update The 2016 National Council meeting took place in June in Seattle, Washington. Three new Members-at-Large were installed: Dr. Carrie Arnold of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Anthony Helms of Western Michigan University, and David Kane of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Marty Knepper of Morningside College was appointed to the Editor position. After individual council members reviewed their reports, Eileen Merberg presented the Executive Director’s Annual Report. Highlights included: • Concerns about a few large chapters who experienced decreased numbers, due in part to not sending invitation letters home. • An increase in the number of chapters using MyHonorSociety (MHS). • Significant improvements in use of social media platforms. Kathy Hammock, the investment advisor for Alpha Lambda Delta’s Perpetual Fellowship Fund, videoconferenced with the council. She reported that while performance declined over the year, the account is rebounding, and at the time of the meeting was valued at $4.17 million. To honor the service of Dr. Herman “Butch” Hill and Dr. Mike Nichols to Alpha Lambda Delta, two new $3,000 Fellowships were created, one in each of their names. This brings our grand total to $207,500 in scholarships and fellowships awarded to 82 deserving students annually.
A new membership award was created to go along with the annual Alpha and Delta Awards that reward percentage increases in membership. The Lambda Award will recognize increases in raw membership numbers from year to year, at 50, 75, and 100. The Washington, DC, conference was discussed, with much anticipation for a successful gathering of students and advisors. It was decided the 2017 conference will be in Phoenix, AZ, and the 2018 conference will be in Cincinnati, OH. The Nominations Committee proposed a number of changes and updates to ALD’s Constitution and Bylaws, which were later approved by chapters in the Fall 2016 ballot. The updated Constitution is available on the ALD website. The Publications Committee discussed production of the Flame and recommended a decrease in the quantity printed, coupled with a move toward an interactive, online version. Merberg announced the 2016 Executive Director Advisors of the Year. Recipients were Latotsha Britt of Grambling State University, Reatha Cox of Northwestern State University, Dr. Marty Knepper of Morningside College, Erin Mzrocka of SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Edna Steele of Converse College, and John Yao of Ramapo College of New Jersey. The Senior Book Award Committee selected Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton, as the 2017 Maria Leonard Senior Book. 5
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2016 National Leadership Conference Alpha Lambda Delta’s National Leadership Conference was held October 28-30, 2016, in Washington, DC, at the Washington Court Hotel in the Capitol District.
Lambda Delta history, presentation materials are offered online for all members at www.nationalald. org/dc2016.
At registration, items were collected, and inspirational cards were made for the 2016 National Service Project. This year, Alpha Lambda Delta partnered with the District of Columbia Public School’s Office of Homeless Youth to gather items needed for hygiene kits. Inspirational notes were made to motivate the students to stay in school and achieve their dreams.
The group went next door to Kelly’s Irish Times for an offsite lunch before departing on various excursions around the city.
Conference attendees reconvened at 7:00 pm for the Awards Banquet, which highlighted the winners of 2016 awards and scholarships. National President Susan Melson Huffman served as Master of Ceremonies. Anthony Helms, advisor of the ALD Following an appetizer reception, Executive Director chapter at Western Michigan University, was honored Eileen Merberg opened by welcoming everyone to as the 2016 Outstanding Advisor of the Year. Helms Washington DC: 183 participants from 68 chapters, addressed the group, reflecting on your HOW - how representing 31 states. After highlighting the you act, how you think, how you view others, and how conference’s main events, Executive Director Merberg you will change the world. Following the banquet, led the group through a few icebreaker activities. everyone gathered for group photos. Once pictures were taken, students returned to their rooms to get Executive Director Merberg introduced the keynote ready for the Halloween Dance. speaker, Connie Aramento, CEO of Soul Sync Wellness. Aramento presented on "The Power of The conference concluded Sunday with a continental Balance," discussing the stresses high-achieving breakfast and conference evaluations. Conference students face and how to best find balance in their attendees said goodbye to new friends and colleagues, academic, professional, and personal lives. exchanged contact information, and headed back to their campuses with new ideas. Following the keynote address, students gathered for Friday night keynote: Connie the “Swag Exchange,” trading college tee shirts, pens, Aramento, CEO of Soul Sync decals, and other promo items. Giant pretzels were Wellness and Director of served as the late-night snack. Academic Programming and Saturday morning began early with breakfast and a discussion of Alpha Lambda Delta’s Flame magazine. National Editor Marty Knepper discussed how chapters could be featured in the magazine. Executive Director Merberg also spoke about the services offered by the National Office. New this year, breakout educational sessions were only offered once, allowing for twenty topics to be discussed. Topics ranged from personal leadership development, to chapter managment, to sessions specifically for advisors. A listing of all workshops can be found on page 8. For the first time in Alpha Alpha Lambda Delta
Student Support at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Saturday night keynote: Anthony Helms, 2016 Outstanding Advisor of the Year and Director of the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University 6
Capitol District, Washington, DC
Top photo: 183 students representing 68 ALD chapters attended the National Conference. Bottom photo: 44 advisors gathered to share ideas and insights.
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2016 Educational Sessions: Student Leader Track:
• Ten Dumb Ideas Too Many Members Have About ALD Scholarships • Finding Your Inner Genius • Creating a National ALD Treasure: Clues to a Successful Order of the Torch/Maintaining the Flame scrapbook • How Do I Make My ALD Chapter at a Small School More Successful? • Strategies for Running Productive Meetings • Embracing Conflict and Making It Constructive • Serve’s Up • Speaking Publicly with Purpose and Passion • Infusing Emotional Intelligence into Your Personal Leadership Philosophy • Socials, Service Projects, and Fundraisers: How to Plan Successful Events • Leave the Judging to Judy: Embracing Differences • Strategies for Making Your Large Chapter Amazing • #Hashtags, Memes, and Themes • Warning: This Presentation May Contain Icebreakers • Improving Chapter Visibility • Sustaining Success
Advisor Track: • • • •
Advisor Open Forum Leadership Transition Panel Recruiting New Members: Deliver Results Financial Management and Budgeting
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Cheyney, Pennsylvania March 17, 2016 Installing Officer: Dr. Carrie Arnold, Professional Member-at-Large The Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter at Cheyney University was installed on March 17, 2016, at 6:00 pm. Dr. Carrie Arnold, Professional Member-at-Large, was the installing officer. The ceremony was a huge success and energized both faculty and students about the possibilities Alpha Lambda Delta holds. It was a quiet evening on the campus of Cheney University. New inductees, faculty, staff, family, and friends all assembled for the ceremony. Officers of the new chapter included Nyrie Watson, president; Isaiah Dixon, vice president; Markeya Menefee, secretary; Monae Williams, treasurer; Monet Brown, historian; and Tristan Washington, webmaster.
Additional new members inducted were Jeffrey Bell, Najeebah Beyah, Natalya Brooks, Essence Brown, Cara Fantini, Kerin Francois, Ameerah Greene, Anitra Jackson, Tache' Johnson, Baaba Kango, Qualyn Meade, Abioye Mohammed, Kwado Ofori, Bernard Opoku, Jamika Page, Sharell Reddin, Erica-Lyn Russell, William Q. Sorrell, Courtney Stewart, Isaiah Stratton, Charlie Stratton, Brendyn VanDemark, Miesha Wilson, and Antalicia Yelverton. Brown and Thomas, administrative advisors of the Cheyney chapter, helped keep the ceremony on target. Each of the officers had a part in the installation. It was a wonderful evening.
In the Cheyney University charter group, there were 33 new inductees, which included 3 honorary inductees: Tia Brown, Coordinator of Leadership Development; Karen Thomas, Coordinator of Student Development and Success Initiatives; and Cherita Weatherspoon, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of University College.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan October 14, 2016 Installing Officer: Anthony Helms, Professional Member-at-Large The Davenport University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was installed during a 6:30 pm ceremony on Friday, October 14, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The presiding officer from the National Council was Professional Member-at-Large Anthony Helms, and the event was held in a state-of-the-art facility on Davenportâ€™s Lettinga campus. There was a large turnout of students and their family members. The chapter installation was incorporated into the fall induction ceremony, where eighty-two student members and five honorary members were inducted into the charter group.
Weston DeHaven, Blake Dekorte, Jett DenHartigh, Kara DeVries, Jay Doll, Brandon K. Dyke, Ryan Andrew Elmore, John David Faulkner, Zachary Fox, Chapter officers were installed, including Patricia Tyler Andrew Frye, Victor William Frye, Taylor Ann Hollemans, chapter president; Timothy Miller, Genzink, Vlad Gerbanovskiy, Patrick Claus Gregory, vice president and webmaster; and Randi Koogler, Brian L. Griffiths, Joshua R. Hanisch, Adam B. Heath, treasurer. The honorary members were Dr. Jodi Hicks, Thomas C. Hendrick, Angela Hubert, Alexander chapter advisor and Director of First-Year Experience; James Hulford, Jacob Jaudes-Jablonicky, Michael Dr. Linda Rinker, Provost; Dr. Irene Bembenista, Vice P. Johnston, Ryan P. Klahn, Samantha Kuiper, Josh Provost for Assessment and Undergraduate Studies; Kukla, Laken London, Dakota Larsen, Zachary J. Joe Bishop, co-advisor and Executive Director of Lingen, Aaron Jesse Martin, Patrick McMahon, Campus Life; and Cair Weymouth, co-advisor and Willis Terrence McQuirter, Jr., Cole Menck, Allison Admissions Representative. Joy Metiva, Kennedy Leigh Miedema, Samantha K. Miedema, McKayla Ann Nadolney, Rachael The remaining charter members installed that day Naylor, Adriana Ortiz, Noah H. Potgeter, Hannah were Joslyn Kay Arndt, Joshua J. Armstrong, Carrie Elizabeth Rasch, Dakota Alan Reaume, Catherine R. Arp, Walker Allen Aurand, Spencer Behler, Liana Fay Reidsma, Ashley Risinger, Austin J. Rohr, G. Besley, Cameron Bredice, Dara Carr, Austin M. Melanie Ryles, Kameron Scott, Tessie Senyk, Cheryl Casarez, Brittany Cassidy, Shanille Rose Commons, Sharrard, Brandelyn Alika Siwy, David Slagh, Vikki Malachi Kenneth Lee Corliss, Allie Kay DeBoer, Knapp Somsanith, Makaila Spencer, Jordan David John Stanford, Rebecca Storm, Abbie Tomkinson, Sally Rachael Tran, Shannon Queen Tran, Austin Vannatter, Douglas J. VanOost II, Christopher Michael Vernon, Diana Vilic, Sybrant Walt, Breanna Leigh Wallace, Tori Watters, Kelli Weighmink, Katelyn Joy Wilson, and Meg Wisinski.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 25, 2016 Installing Officer: Lisa Ruch, National Vice President The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was installed by Lisa Ruch, Vice President of Chapter Relations and Expansion, at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The ceremony took place in the MIAD Student Union on their campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thirty-one of the fifty-three charter members were in attendance, along with several faculty members, family members, and friends.
Following the installation of chapter officers, President Morin presented the keynote address. He focused on the MIAD students and how they care about and integrate into the greater community around them. He connected the pledge of ALD to how the students at MIAD operate and how aligned the values of ALD are with those of MIAD and its students, thus making ALD a perfect fit for the institution.
MIAD Director of College Advising Michelle Kampa welcomed everyone to the ceremony. She introduced Vice President Ruch to initiate members. Vice President Ruch led the members in reciting the pledge and called each initiate forward to sign the chapter roll and receive a certificate and pin. Four honorary members were also initiated: David A. Martin, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Jeff Morin, MIAD President; Tony Nowak, Dean of Students; and Mary Schopp, Vice President of Enrollment Management. Kampa read the citations for each of the honorary members.
President Morinâ€™s speech was followed by the chapter installation and the presentation of the chapter charter by Vice President Ruch to the chapter president, Aaron Stoelb. Following the initiation of the new members and the installation of the officers, Stoelb addressed the group. Kampa then thanked Vice President Ruch for coming to MIAD to install the chapter and presented her with a MIAD hoodie. The group took several group photographs to commemorate the occasion, and a celebratory dessert reception followed the ceremony.
Next, she installed the chapter officers: Aaron Stoelb, president; Mara Dentici, vice president for social media; Tess Powers, vice president for volunteering; Ciara Rouze, vice president for member relations; Samantha Bruening, secretary; Allison Klosinski, treasurer; Sarah Hansen, editor; Catherine Garcia, historian; and Ana Villarama and Kimberly Wilbern, designers. In addition to the officers, the following charter members were in attendance: Sarah Begale, Alana Boone, Savannah Eisenmann, Lauren Ewing, Jordan Hayne, Miranda Jackson, Alyssa Kaboskey, Hannah Malaczynski, Victoria Mansfield, Julia Miller, Cheyenne Nussberger, Jessica Schindler, Mikaela Seely, Cat Simpson, Matthew Stricker, Michalia Swanson, Miyu Takisawa, Cyan Townley, Katrina Treu, Emily Verbeten, and Thaddeus Zurawski.
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Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Columbus, Ohio September 28, 2016 Installing Officer: Anthony Helms, Professional Member-at-Large The Mount Carmel College of Nursing chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was installed on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio, by National Council Professional Member-at-Large Anthony Helms. The ceremony went smoothly, in spite of the stormy weather that moved in a couple of hours before the scheduled 6:00 pm start and caused a slight delay as rain-soaked guests arrived a bit late. The success of the ceremony was due to the extraordinary planning by Dr. Kathy Fernandez, chapter advisor. Layne Sullivan, president, and Alexandria Taylor, vice president, also assisted in organizing the event. The installation was incorporated into the fall induction ceremony and was held in a beautiful auditorium adorned with the original stained glass from the institutionâ€™s first chapel. During the ceremony, sixty-six student members and three honorary members were inducted into the charter group. Honorary members were Dr. Kathy Fernandez, Maurer Baack, and Dr. Barbara Barta. The charter members are Suhura Abdulahi, Leanne Elizabeth Armstrong, Carla Ann Auber, Maddison Dawn Belcher, Sarah Bishop, Taryn McKenzie Carr, Craig Cameron Casto, Haley Elizabeth Caudill, Hanna Chase, Taylor Chase, Kathleen Collins, Elizabeth Connelly, Emmi Coonfare, Kourtney Jane Crum, Taylor Dawley, Adeyinka Lulu Dawotola, Amanda
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Corlee Dennis, Katherine Renae Derexson, Nicholas P. Dreyer, Annette Lillian DuBois, Diana Duran, Hanan Elhaj Omar, Marie Finotti, Kendall Noelle Foit, Meghan Anne Gall, Jessica Lynn Groves, Abigail Kathleen Gulley, Jessica Elizabeth Harris, Samira A. Hashi, Kerrilyn Hay, Jessica Herren, India L. Hutchison, Annamarie Karr, Kristin Hannah Lilly, Jaclyn Lochtefeld, Debra A. McCorkle, Cameron Lee McNinch, Faith Taylor Miller, Kayla Ann Miller, Kelly Elisabeth Moorehead, Zachary Thomas Howard Musick, Brock Michael Newman, Tori Peyton Null, Victoria C. Oney, Alicyn Otto, Elizabeth Grace Painter, Coty M. Pisula, Kiersten Gabrielle Robinson, Meredith Rowe, Kylie Maya Salmons, Tenia Marie Scarver, Megan Ann Scheckelhoff, Trisha L. Schemine, Lydia Schuler, Shelby Anne Schuttera, Rachel E. Shear, Susanne Lynette Shelhart, Sakura Sip, Kaitlin Margaret Smith, Melissa Marie Stilp, Emily Elizabeth Sullivan, Layne Rebecca Sullivan, Abigail Mae Taylor, Alexandria Jo Taylor, Jordyn Renea Taylor, Samantha K. Taylor, Megan Leann Thomas, Tara Thomas, Rosemy Joy Varghese, Vikki L. Williams, and Caleb Zwiebel.
St. Francis College
Brooklyn, New York November 11, 2016 Installing Officer: Eileen Merberg, Executive Director The St. Francis College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was installed by Eileen Merberg, Executive Director of National Alpha Lambda Delta, at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 11, 2016. The ceremony took place on campus in the beautiful Founders Hall. Charter members included 103 students and 5 honorary members. Honorary members were Steven Boyarsky, chapter co-advisor; Chad Lectura, chapter co-advisor; Hannah Seymour, sophomore peer leader; Dr. Brendan Dugan, President; and Dr. Timothy Houlihan, Provost. The ceremony began with a procession of students, led by the chapter advisors, into Founders Hall, where supportive family members were seated. All students gathered in semicircles on the stage, and Executive Director Merberg welcomed everyone and began the ceremony. After the Pledge was recited by all new initiates, Executive Director Merberg read charter members' names as they came forward to sign the membership roll and receive their certificates and pins from chapter co-advisors Boyarsky and Lectura. The honorary members were initiated, and citations were read for each of them.
recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Alpha Lambda Delta’s commitment to service aligns nicely with the teachings and ideals of St. Francis of Assisi. She challenged the group to serve as role models for the next freshman class - to inspire them to achieve excellence, guide them and mentor them, and support each other to maintain strong GPAs throughout their college careers. Executive Director Merberg followed her remarks with the official installation of the chapter and presented the charter to Innamorato. Innamorato offered remarks about her excitement about the new Alpha Lambda Delta chapter at St. Francis College and the chapter’s plans for the future. The event concluded with the closing candle ceremony, where the chapter co-advisors lit their candles from the candles on the table, and then proceeded to light the candles of the chapter officers, who in turn passed their light on to the new initiates. Executive Director Merberg recited, “We now begin the lighting of the candles and the passing of the light for you in token of your membership in this society.” The advisors led a processional of students out of Founders Hall, and a lovely reception in the lobby followed the ceremony.
The installation of the St. Francis College chapter officers was conducted by the chapter co-advisors. New officers include Amanda Innamorato, president; Cristina Perez, vice president; Gabriella Licata, treasurer; Courtney Eng, secretary; Abanobe Barsoum, editor; and Meaghan Vaughan, historian. Executive Director Merberg offered remarks congratulating the students and recognizing the hard work of Boyarsky in bringing Alpha Lambda Delta to St. Francis College. She drew parallels between St. Francis College’s mission of preparing students to take their places as leaders in their fields and Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission of assisting students in
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Crestview Hills, Kentucky November 18, 2016 Installing Officer: Lisa Ruch, National Vice President The Thomas More College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was installed by Lisa Ruch, Vice President of Chapter Relations and Expansion, at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 18, 2016. The ceremony took place in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel on the campus in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Nineteen of the fortyseven charter members were in attendance, along with several faculty members, family members, and friends. Dr. Mike Nichols, from Transylvania University and former ALD National Council member, and Tracy Hart, chapter advisor at Northern Kentucky University and current ALD National Council member, also attended to show their support. Dr. Nichols was instrumental in encouraging Thomas More College to start an ALD chapter, and he served as the photographer for the installation. Dr. Kathleen Jagger, Vice President of Academic Affairs, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. She introduced Vice President Lisa Ruch to initiate the new members. Vice President Ruch led the members in reciting the pledge and called each initiate forward to sign the chapter roll and receive a certificate and pin from Dr. Sherron and Dr. Ernst. Three honorary members were also initiated: Dr. Catherine Sherron, chapter faculty advisor and Director of the James Brown Graham Honors Program; Dr. Kimberly Haverkos, Assistant Professor of Education; and Dr. Wesley Ryle, Distinguished Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Physics. Dr. John Ernst, chapter administrative advisor, Director of the Thomas More College Success Center, Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychology, and Alpha Lambda Delta member, also presided over the ceremony.
following charter members were in attendance: Nicole Blanchard, Evan Kandra, Briann Landrum, Madison McLaughlin, Thomas Payne, Caitlin Robinson, Joseph Schneider, Matthew Shaw, and Emilee Urichich. Following the installation of chapter officers, Dr. Ernst presented the keynote address. He first congratulated the initiates on their achievements and dedication. He encouraged them to speak and act on truth, even when it is difficult to do so. He concluded by challenging the students to take the meaning of the ALD insignia and the lighted candle seriously, and he encouraged them to go forth with honesty and integrity, strength and courage, and truth and wisdom, which can dispel ignorance and superstition and give us the insight to live well in our time. Dr. Ernstâ€™s speech was followed by the chapter installation and the presentation of the chapter charter by Vice President Ruch to the chapter president, Willet. Following the initiation of the new members and the installation of the officers, Willet addressed the group. Dr. Sherron thanked Vice President Ruch for coming to Thomas More College to install the chapter. Dr. Nichols took several group photographs to commemorate the occasion, and a celebratory reception followed the ceremony.
Dr. Sherron and Dr. Ernst installed the chapter officers: Jenna Willet, president; Morgan Bahnsen, vice president; Alyssa Miller, secretary; Irene Whitaker, treasurer; Taylor Budde and Rachel Whitehill, historians; Kasey Niesen and David Edward-Paul Thompson, social media directors; Sophia Vietas, junior advisor; and Courtney Neltner, senior advisor. In addition to the officers, the Alpha Lambda Delta
Welcome back, reactivated chapters! American University
Grambling State University
Executive Director Eileen Merberg had the pleasure of attending the induction ceremony of the reactivated chapter of American University in Washington, DC, on September 23, 2016. Founded at the University in 1981, the AU chapter was active until 2011. Eighty-three students were initiated at a lovely ceremony attended by many family members and friends. Taris Lemaster, chapter advisor, planned the ceremony details and guided the new members. Before the ceremony took place, students who accepted membership were surveyed about leadership positions within the group, and 100% expressed interest! Six students were elected to officer positions. Laura Guillossou, chapter president, was even able to attend part of the National Leadership Conference in October and was excited about the opportunity to learn from others. Welcome back, American University!
It took over a year of planning, but the perseverance and hard work of Latotsha Britt paid off as the Grambling State University chapter reactivated this year. The chapter, founded in 1997 but inactive since 2009, inducted 40 students on April 20, 2016. These new members are well on their way to being a vibrant, successful chapter. Word spread quickly that the chapter was up and running. Incoming first-year students at summer orientation were very excited to hear about ALD and were inspired to study hard so they would be invited to join. Latotsha did such a great job that she was recognized as one of the Executive Directorâ€™s Advisors of the Year. National Alpha Lambda Delta welcomes with open arms the return of the Grambling State University chapter.
Left: Forty students were initiated at the reactivation of the ALD chapter at Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Right: Eighty-three students were initiated at the reactivation ceremony of the ALD chapter at American University in Washington, DC.
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University of Alabama Cumberland University Linfield College University of Alabama-Birmingham University of the Cumberlands Long Island University-Brooklyn University of Alabama-Huntsville Davenport University Longwood University Albion College Delaware Valley University Louisiana State University American University University of Delaware University of Louisiana-Lafayette Arizona State University DePaul University University of Louisiana-Monroe Arkansas State University DePauw University Lyndon State College University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Dickinson College Lyon College University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Doane College MacMurray College Ashland University Dominican College of Blauvelt University of Maine Auburn University Dominican University of California University of Maine-Farmington Austin Peay State University Drury University Marietta College Baldwin Wallace University East Tennessee State University Mary Baldwin College Ball State University Eastern Kentucky University University of Maryland-College Park Baylor University Elizabethtown College Maryville College Becker College Finlandia University Maryville University Bennett College Fontbonne University Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Birmingham-Southern College Fort Valley State University University of Massachusetts-Amherst Bowling Green State University Framingham State University University of Massachusetts-Boston Brenau University Franklin College McDaniel College University of Bridgeport State University of New York at Fredonia McMurry University Bucknell University George Mason University McNeese State University Buffalo State College Georgetown College University of Memphis Butler University Georgia College Meredith College Cabrini College Georgia Southwestern State University Methodist University California State Polytechnic University Georgia State University Miami University California State University-Long Beach University of Georgia University of Miami California State University-San Marcos Grambling State University Midland University California University of Pennsylvania Hanover College Midwestern State University University of California-Los Angeles University of Hartford Millikin University University of California-Riverside Hawai'i Pacific University Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design University of California-Santa Barbara Heidelberg University Minnesota State University-Mankato Carson-Newman University High Point University Minnesota State University-Moorhead Carthage College Hood College University of Minnesota-Crookston Cazenovia College University of Houston Mississippi College University of Central Arkansas University of Houston-Downtown Mississippi State University Central Connecticut State University Illinois Wesleyan University Mississippi Valley State University Central Methodist University University of Illinois at Springfield University of Mississippi University of Central Oklahoma Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Missouri-Kansas City Central Washington University University of the Incarnate Word Monmouth College Chestnut Hill College Indiana State University Montana State University-Bozeman Cheyney University Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Columbus University of Montana Chowan University Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis Montclair State University University of Cincinnati Iowa State University University of Montevallo Clayton State University Jackson State University Morehouse College Clemson University Johnson C. Smith University Morgan State University Cleveland State University Judson University Morningside College Coe College Kalamazoo College Mount Carmel College of Nursing College of William & Mary Kent State University University of Mount Union Colorado College University of Kentucky Murray State University Colorado State University Keystone College University of Nebraska-Lincoln Colorado State University-Pueblo University of La Verne University of New Haven University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Lamar University University of New Orleans Columbia College (MO) Lenoir-Rhyne University Newcomb College of Tulane University University of Connecticut Liberty University Nicholls State University Converse College Lindenwood University Norfolk State University Alpha Lambda Delta 20 The Flame
University of North Alabama North Carolina A&T State University University of North Carolina-Greensboro North Central College University of North Texas Northern Arizona University Northern Kentucky University Northwestern State University Oakland University Ohio Northern University Ohio State University Ohio University University of Oklahoma University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma Oral Roberts University Oregon State University Otterbein University Pace University-New York Pace University-Pleasantville University of the Pacific Penn State Altoona Philadelphia University University of the Sciences of Philadelphia Piedmont College University of Pittsburgh-Bradford University of Portland Purdue University Ramapo College of New Jersey Regis College Rider University University of Rio Grande Roanoke College Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saint Anselm College St. Edward's University St. Francis College Saint Joseph's College
Saint Vincent College Salem College Salem State University Sam Houston State University Samford University Schreiner University Seton Hill University Shenandoah University Simpson College University of South Carolina South Dakota State University University of Southern California Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Methodist University University of Southern Mississippi Southern Nazarene University Southwestern University Spelman College Stephens College Stockton University Susquehanna University Sweet Briar College Tennessee Technological University University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Texas A&M University-Commerce Texas A&M University-Kingsville Texas Christian University Texas Lutheran University Texas State University Texas Tech University Texas Wesleyan University University of Texas at Arlington University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at El Paso University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley University of Texas at San Antonio Thomas More College
Tougaloo College Transylvania University Trinity University Troy University U. S. Coast Guard Academy Valdosta State University Valley City State University Valparaiso University Vanderbilt University Warner University Washburn University Washington and Jefferson College University of Washington-Tacoma Wayne State College Wesleyan College University of West Georgia West Virginia University West Virginia Wesleyan College Western Carolina University Western Michigan University Western New England University Westminster College Wilkes University Willamette University William Jewell College William Penn University Winona State University Winthrop University University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh University of Wisconsin-Platteville Wittenberg University Wright State University Xavier University of Louisiana Youngstown State University
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Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship 2016 Recipients Named after former National President Dr. Jo Anne J. Trow of Oregon State University, the Trow Scholarships award 36 outstanding sophomores who demonstrate academic success, commitment to leadership and community service, and exceptional involvement with their chapters. Visit www.nationalald.org/trow for the award history.
Kiana Duncan Kent State University
Long Island UniversityBrooklyn
University of Texas at San Antonio
Chestnut Hill College
Ohio State University
University of Montana
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
South Dakota State University
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University of Oklahoma
Central Methodist University
University of Massachusetts - Boston
Edward Oâ€™Neil Purdue University
Dominican University of California
University of Cincinnati
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Anastacia Maurer Oakland University
Stephanie McCann Valley City State University
University of Cincinnati
Washington and Jefferson College
Dana Outcalt Ohio State University
University of Southern California
Zoe Rodriguez Carthage College
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
North Carolina A&T State University
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
University of Georgia
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James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship 2016 Recipients The Stemler Scholarships were established in 2008, named after Alpha Lambda Delta former National President Dr. James G. Stemler of the University of Portland. Dr. Stemler is a strong advocate of study abroad programs, recognizing the need for students to experience life beyond the United States. For more information, visit www.nationalald.org/stemler.
University of Connecticut Spain
Kent State University Italy
University of Cincinnati Ireland
Western Michigan University Ireland
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Germany, Switzerland
Louisiana State University Greece
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Purdue University Spain, Morocco
Ohio University England
California University of Pennsylvania Romania
Bowling Green State University Spain
Stephens College England
Ohio State University Ireland
Dickinson College Israel
Nicole Thompson Western Michigan University The Netherlands
Grey Patterson Linfield College Austria
Morningside College Australia
Saint Anselm College Australia
Transylvania University Spain
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Germany, Austria, France, Czech Republic
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Spain
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Graduate Fellowship 2016 Recipients Each year, Alpha Lambda Delta is honored to present over $95,000 in graduate fellowships to outstanding members pursuing advanced degrees. Fellowships range in value from $3,000 to $7,500. Since the programâ€™s inception in 1940, over 750 members have been awarded these prestigious fellowships. Twenty-four were awarded in 2016. History and descriptions of each fellowship can be found at www.nationalald.org/fellowships.
Transylvania University Adele Hagner Stamp Fellowship
Nicholas Bompastore Saint Anselm College Alice Lloyd Fellowship
Transylvania University Christine Conaway Fellowship
Aleksandra Bausheva Bucknell University Mary Jane Stevenson Fellowship
Purdue University Martha Wade Fellowship
Ashland University Kathryn Phillips Fellowship
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Baldwin Wallace University Margaret Cunningim Fellowship
University of Memphis May Brunson Fellowship
University of Oklahoma Maria Leonard Fellowship
University of Texas at Austin Margaret Berry Fellowship
California University of Pennsylvania Gladys Pennington Fellowship
Iowa State University Barbara Quilling Fellowship
Xiaoxin “Kammy” Kuang East Tennessee State University Harry Hale Fellowship
University of Cincinnati Warner Moore Fellowship
Converse College Miriam Shelden Fellowship
Bucknell University Katharine Cater Fellowship
Butler University Gladys Bell Fellowship
University of Portland Louise McBee Fellowship
West Virginia Wesleyan College Glenda Earwood Fellowship
Northern Kentucky University Patricia Graham Fellowship
New Fellowships Named for 2017 To honor decades of service to Alpha Lambda Delta, fellowships have been named for Dr. Herman “Butch” Hill of Ohio University and Dr. Michael Nichols of Transylvania University. These fellowships will be awarded starting in 2017. Malory Thelen
Transylvania University Dorothy Anderson Fellowship
Purdue University Helen Clarke Fellowship
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Maude Etheredge Fellowship
Stockton University Betty Jo Hudson Fellowship
Dr. Butch Hill is the Director of the Cutler Scholars Program and University Ombudsman at Ohio University, as well as a professor of Engineering. He has advised the Alpha Lambda Delta chapter at Ohio University since 1992, and he served on the National Council from 1997 to 2016, and in the role of Vice President of Finance and Long Range Planning from 2001 to 2016. Dr. Mike Nichols is a professor of psychology at Transylvania University. He has advised Alpha Lambda Delta chapters at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Transylvania University. He served on the National Council of ALD from 1990 to 2016, and he was Editor of The Flame magazine from 1993 to 2016. 27
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Order of the Torch
The Order of the Torch is the annual award for the most outstanding chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta in the nation. Chapters submit a scrapbook describing their activities during the past year. The scrapbooks are then judged by a committee of National Council members, and the winning chapters are presented with an award banner at a special ceremony. For the 2015-2016 school year, six chapters were recognized. Pages 29 through 34 highlight the many accompishments of these chapters.
Maintaining the Flame
Chapters who are awarded the Order of the Torch are ineligible to apply for the award for the next four years. To reward chapters that have continued to excel in programming, activities, and service, the National Council bestows the Maintaining the Flame award to chapters who are ineligible for the Order of the Torch. Winners receive a patch to affix to their Order of the Torch banner. 2016 Maintaining the Flame Recipients: • • • • • • • •
California University of Pennsylvania Dickinson College Hood College Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Morningside College Otterbein University University of Oklahoma University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
• Western Michigan University
View all winning scrapbooks at www.nationalald.org/torch Alpha Lambda Delta
University of California-Los Angeles
November 10, 2016 Presented by Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, National President Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, National President, presented the Order of the Torch award to the University of California-Los Angeles chapter at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The ceremony was held in Dodd Hall. Among those in attendance were several current officers and many of last year’s officers who were instrumental in leading the chapter and responsible for putting together a scrapbook of the past year’s activities. President Huffman asked the students to introduce themselves so that she could learn more about their backgrounds, majors, and responsibilities. President Huffman informed the officers about the history of the Order of the Torch award and the intense competition from chapters across the nation. She pointed out that UCLA has been the recipient of this award three times before, which is quite an outstanding record of achievement! President Huffman also noted that chapter advisor Dr. Kevin Dougherty was recognized by the National Council as the Outstanding Advisor of the Year in 2015. The chapter got its name out on campus through many activities, including On Campus Day. The officers also effectively used Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to help keep members informed about
opportunities for involvement throughout the year. A weekly electronic newsletter also helped keep members in the know about upcoming activities. The officers planned general meetings for their members twice each quarter, and these events allowed members and officers to get to know each other better, to present mini-workshops, and to keep members updated on upcoming events. They also served the membership by sponsoring fun activities, such as the tee shirt design contest, an ice skating event, member bonding at a local café, and a 75th Anniversary Banquet for the chapter. The chapter participated in several community service projects, including a Reading to Kids program, “Heal the Bay” clean-up at a local beach area, and the “Dig UCLA” student gardens. President Huffman closed by once again congratulating the chapter on its strong history and for winning the Torch award for the fourth time! She encouraged the current officers to continue the chapter’s excellence by striving for the Maintaining the Flame award that can be won in between Torchwinning years.
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University of Cincinnati
August 19, 2016 Presented by Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, National President Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, National President, presented the Order of the Torch award to the University of Cincinnati chapter at 9:00 am on Friday, August 19, 2016. The ceremony was held at the Fifth Third Arena on the campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. President Huffman made the presentation to over 6,000 new students and parents at the Opening Convocation. Assisting her with the presentation were last year’s chapter president, Caylan Stevens, and this year’s chapter president, Cody Niese.
The chapter held meetings to provide members with information on topics such as Total Quality Logistics and how to be marketable in today’s job world. They also brought TEDtalk life coach, Jullien Gordon, to campus to present to groups of student leaders, the student body, and faculty and staff. Last, but not least, the chapter held many fun activities for their members, including BBQ with a Bearcat, a caramel apple-making social, ice skating at Fountain Square, and an Easter Egg Hunt with prizes and coupons for ALD swag.
Attendees included faculty, deans, campus officials, parents, and past and present officers. Chapter advisor, Dr. Cara Pickett, Assistant Director of Nationally Competitive Awards, was instrumental in arranging President Huffman’s visit and the event. Chapter advisors Pam Person and Lauren Bosselait also helped with arrangements to allow Alpha Lambda Delta’s participation in the Convocation.
President Huffman presented the Torch banner to officers from last year’s chapter and congratulated the chapter on its very strong history and for winning the Torch award for the second time! She encouraged the current officers to continue the chapter’s excellence by striving for the Maintaining the Flame award. President Huffman also thanked the chapter advisors and students for their hospitality during her visit.
President Huffman spoke to the students and guests about the history of the Order of the Torch award and the strong competition in this year’s selection. She congratulated the chapter on winning the Torch for the second time. She also noted that Cincinnati has competed well in the Alpha Lambda Delta national scholarship and fellowship competitions and named members who have won in recent years.
After taking several photographs to commemorate the occasion, the officers celebrated by taking President Huffman and her husband to brunch at a favorite campus restaurant. It was a great time for the officers to get to know President Huffman and for her to learn more about the chapter and its activities.
President Huffman reported that the past year’s officers did a great job of getting their name publicized on campus through a number of activities, including a UC ALD Day when the chapter gave out tee shirts, cups, and cookies. The chapter also effectively used Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep members informed about activities and opportunities. President Huffman noted several community and service projects undertaken by the members including playing bingo with the Little Sisters of the Poor, making goodie bags for the local children’s hospital, and participating in Relay for Life. Alpha Lambda Delta
University of Connecticut
November 7, 2016 Presented by David Tindall, Professional Member-at-Large On November 7, 2016, Professional Member-atLarge David Tindall presented the Order of the Torch award to the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. The presentation took place during a chapter meeting at 7:00 pm in Laurel Hall.
Half way through the meeting Council Member Tindall was introduced, and he congratulated the chapter for the wonderful work they did the past year. Council Member Tindallâ€™s speech was well received and appreciated by the chapter.
Abigail Colburn, the 2015 president of the chapter The meeting concluded with photos with the new and now graduate advisor, and John Potter, current banner. Pictures of the chapter, the executive board, president, assisted Council Member Tindall with and the advisors were taken. directions and served as the main contacts. Joining Potter were Justin Lelerdre, vice president; Audrey Spencer, chief financial officer; Haris Queshi, secretary; Jess Estrella, communications chair; Emily Hunter, community outreach chair; Edward Parkowsk, newsletter chair; Kathleen Flynn, historian; and Rebecca Shephard, social chair. Chapter advisors David Ouimette, Executive Director of First Year Programs and Learning Communities, and Vanessa Licowski, Business Manager for the Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities, were in attendance as well. The chapter had a reception with coffee and brownies for the occasion. The chapter began their general body meeting with general announcements as well as showcasing the Order of the Torch submission.
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University of Maryland
November 3, 2016 Presented by Dr. Carrie Arnold, Professional Member-at-Large Professional Member-at-Large Carrie Arnold traveled to the University of Maryland-College Park, to bestow the Order of the Torch award on the Primannum Honor Society. On November 3, 2016, the executive board of the University of Marylandâ€™s Primannum Honor Society assembled at Ledoâ€™s Pizza for their ceremony. Students and advisors conversed about the honor society, and Council Member Arnold formally congratulated the chapter on winning the Order of the Torch award. In attendance were the chapter officers: Amanda Chow, president; Kim Oslin, vice president; Jennifer Dreschler, vice president of membership; Jordyn Davidson, vice president of volunteerism; David Kaplan, vice president of academic affairs; Kate Thomas, vice president of communications; and Catie Medlock, webmaster and student assistant. Medlock was instumental in putting together their winning application and scrapbook. Council Member Arnold was impressed by the students' initiative, drive, and passion for Alpha Lambda Delta. They discussed what the UMD chapter does, how they implement their plans, and the tradition behind certain events. Council Member Arnold spoke with students about their majors, jobs, families, and how Alpha Lambda Delta has helped shape each individual student.
Chapter advisors Dr. Katherine Russell, Associate Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Dr. Andrea Goodwin, Director of the Office of Student Conduct, were also in attendance. Both advisors were proud of their students and of their accomplishments, and noted how autonomous the students are and how the chapter is predominantly self-directed. The Primannum Honor Society is an active society on campus. They hold academic and social events. Executive board members are simultaneaously working on different projects and events, all while keeping the entire board updated. Council Member Arnold appreciated the opportunity to meet this extraordinary group of students and advisors.
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November 13, 2016 Presented by Lisa Ruch, National Vice President Vice President for Chapter Relations and Expansion Lisa Ruch traveled to her alma mater in West Lafayette, Indiana, to present the Order of the Torch award to the Purdue University chapter on November 13, 2016. The ceremony was held in the Anniversary Drawing Room at the Purdue Memorial Union at 1:00 pm. The chapter advisor, Dr. Susan Huffman, began the ceremony by welcoming the 21 guests in attendance. Special guests included several parents of the ALD members who were visiting from out of town. She then introduced Vice President Ruch. Vice President Ruch began by congratulating the chapter on winning the Order of the Torch award five times in a row – every four years since 2000, and she noted that the Purdue chapter is the second oldest chapter in the country and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in ten years! She also noted that the Purdue University scrapbook showed their chapter excelled in all four areas considered for the Torch award: programming, chapter visibility, outreach, and general chapter activity. She encouraged the members to thank their scrapbookers for all of the time, hard work, and creativity they put into photographing and documenting all of their many activities.
the Golden Honors Day, made an ornament for the Purdue Student Union’s Big Christmas Tree, and held callout information sessions. Their efforts resulted in the initiation of 409 new members! Vice President Ruch noted that, in addition to the chapter’s accomplishments, Purdue had many individual achievements among their members. This included three Trow Scholarship winners: Katelyn Market, Ed O’Neil, and Ashley Straut. Faith Dalton received a Stemler Scholarship, and Jill Bosserman and Kristin Zabrecky were awarded Graduate Fellowships. Finally, Vice President Ruch encouraged the members to acknowledge their advisor, Dr. Huffman, for all of her hard work and dedication to the chapter as well as the national organization. She also encouraged them to strive for the Maintaining the Flame award in 2017 and then presented the Order of the Torch banner to the chapter. After taking photos to commemorate the occasion, those in attendance enjoyed a delicious dessert reception.
Vice President Ruch also congratulated the chapter for their excellence in community service, noting they participated in such activities as face painting at Boo at the Zoo, a toy drive for Lafayette Urban Ministry, making Valentines for a retirement community, and volunteering at the Boilermaker Half Marathon. They also made and donated fleece blankets to Riley Hospital for Children. Vice President Ruch encouraged the chapter to continue to engage in social activities and congratulated them for entering the Homecoming float competition for the first time and winning first place! In addition to their service and social activities, the Purdue chapter engaged in activities to make their chapter visible on campus. They created a display case to honor their new initiates, staffed a booth at
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University of Southern California
November 9, 2016 Presented by Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, National President Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, National President, presented the Order of the Torch award to the University of Southern California chapter at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The ceremony was held in beautiful Fertitta Hall of the Marshall School of Business on the USC campus in Los Angeles, California. Attendees included many of the current officers and several of last year’s officers who had carried out the activities and were responsible for putting together a very attractive and informative scrapbook of the past year’s activities. Eena Singh, chapter advisor, had planned and organized the event with past officers. President Huffman’s husband, Dave, also attended and helped take pictures after the presentation.
together to plan a membership appreciation event that gave the new executive board experience at planning a big event and also gave new members a better introduction into the organization and what it does. The group did a great job of getting their name publicized on campus through a number of activities, including participation in the USC Involvement Fair at the beginning of the school year. An increased social media presence also helped the chapter improve communication with its membership.
Among the activities held for the chapter members were a welcome back to school social, an all-member meeting with a speaker from California Crimefight, and a midterm study break that included making s’mores. The officers also made study supply bags to give to their members during finals week. The chapter President Huffman spoke to the group about the also held a “collaboration of adversaries” that involved history of the Order of the Torch award and the meeting and getting to know better the chapter strong competition in this year’s selection. In addition officers at rival University of California-Los Angeles. to noting USC has won this award twice before, she recognized Madeline Pratt for winning a national President Huffman noted some of the community Trow scholarship last year. She also noted that the service projects undertaken by the chapter, including former chapter advisor, Kris Guzman, also served going to a nearby Student Learning Center called “Kid several years ago as a Professional Member-at-Large City,” where they cleaned up a community room and on the Alpha Lambda Delta’s National Council. did some much needed painting. This was part of a “Friends and Neighbors Day” in the area. The chapter began their year by having the outgoing and incoming executive board members work President Huffman presented the Torch banner to officers from last year and congratulated the chapter on its strong history and for winning the Torch award for the third time! She encouraged the current officers to continue the chapter’s excellence by striving for the Maintaining the Flame award. The presentation was followed by a celebration reception with photographs, conversation, and delicious refreshments.
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Outstanding Advisor of the Year 2016 Anthony Helms, Western Michigan University
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta selected Anthony Helms, Director of Academic Advising at Western Michigan University, to be the 2016 Outstanding Advisor of the Year. Helms has served as the ALD advisor since 2013 and is a newly-elected Professional Member-at-Large on the National Council. Helms was also honored as Western Michigan University’s Registered Student Organization (RSO) advisor of the month in November of 2015. Under Helms’ leadership, the chapter has won the prestigious Order of the Torch award (2015), two Maintaining the Flame awards (2014 and 2013), and the Delta Silver Level award for total membership percentage increase in 2014. He has been a consistent presence at the National Leadership Conferences, both attending and presenting. The chapter’s overall membership has increased by nearly 100 students per year since Helms became the advisor. His chapter’s impressive web and social media activity highlights the many events and service projects that take place annually, such as partnerships with the SPCA, American Red Cross, and Relay for Life. The chapter has coined #ALDTuesdays, encouraging students at Western Michigan University and other Alpha Lambda Delta chapters across the country to show their ALD pride on a weekly basis.
Executive Director Advisors of the Year 2016 Each year, Executive Director Eileen Merberg may recognize those advisors who have gone above and beyond for their Alpha Lambda Delta chapter. This year six were selected for their exceptional efforts in 2016. Alpha Lambda Delta thanks them for their hard work, dedication, and excellent service. For details on each recipient, visit www.nationalald.org/advisor
Grambling State University
Dr. Marty Knepper Morningside College
Dr. Edna Steele Converse College
Northwestern State Univ.
Ramapo College of NJ
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2016 Advisor Anniversaries The National Office wishes to extend our greatest thanks and appreciation to those chapter advisors celebrating anniversaries this year. Five Years of Service
Dr. Justin Badgerow, Elizabethtown College Dr. Charles Benesh, Wesleyan College Gary Biel, Schreiner University Dr. Andrea Birch, Brenau University Dan Bureau, The University of Memphis Esmeralda Castro, California State Univ.-San Marcos Jonathan Cellon, Troy University Dr. Judith Failoni, Fontbonne University Dr. Marcella Gemelli, Arizona State University Bethany Grubbs, Colorado College John Livermore, Cazenovia College Christine Malone, Hood College Peggy Marks, University of Maryland-College Park Christina Mayes, Dominican University of California Dr. Sharon McCaslin, Fontbonne University Dr. Jennifer McLean, Colorado State University Randi Northcutt, University of Montevallo Peter Osborne, University of Maine at Farmington David Pryor, University of the Incarnate Word Christopher Pudlinski, Central Connecticut State Univ. Dr. Holly Quicksey, Buffalo State College Leslie Schilling, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Chelsea Smith, Sam Houston State University Kerry Strayer, Otterbein University Dr. Joseph Taylor, University of Alabama-Huntsville Ben Trapanick, Framingham State University Dr. Carey Usher, Mary Baldwin College Andre-Philippe White, Montclair State University Connie Yoder, Bucknell University
Ten Years of Service
Dr. Bill Bettler, Hanover College Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, Valley City State University Dr. Amy Darnell, Columbia College (MO) Dr. John Dilustro, Chowan University Deborah Manzanares, Baylor University Erin Mroczka, SUNY Fredonia Dr. Karen Violanti, McDaniel College Dr. Jin Xu, Winona State University
Fifteen Years of Service
Dr. Diane Kiino, Kalamazoo College Dr. Philip LeMasters, McMurry University Dayle Wilson, University of Miami
Twenty Years of Service
Dr. David Pearlman, Penn State Altoona
Twenty-Five Years of Service Dr. Marty Knepper, Morningside College Dr. John Usher, Mississippi State University
Thirty-Five Years of Service
Dr. Patricia Graham, University of Texas at San Antonio
Do you know an exceptional Alpha Lambda Delta advisor youâ€™d like to recognize? Consider writing an Advisor Spotlight! Advisor spotlights are posted on the website approximately every month. Shine a spotlight on your all-star advisor today! www.nationalald.org/spotlights Alpha Lambda Delta
New Advisors for 2016 Alpha Lambda Delta would like to welcome our newest advisors. Thank you for stepping up to lead/co-lead a chapter on your campus! Jamie Addy, Georgia College Dr. Heather Amthauer, Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Joseph Bishop, Davenport University * Steven Boyarsky, St. Francis College * Latotsha Britt, Grambling State University * Dr. Stacia Britton, Methodist University Tia Brown, Cheyney University * Dr. Janet Brown, Liberty University Katherine Burr, Susquehanna University Dr. Fritz Claydon, University of Houston Dr. Michael Covert, Transylvania University Dr. Laura Damuth, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lori Develice Collins, Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Dr. Cameron Dodworth, Methodist University Jodie Dominguez, Univ. of Texas at Rio Grande Valley Susan Edele, Lindenwood University Kristen Ely, Maryville University Natalee Erb, Vanderbilt University Dr. John Ernst, Thomas More College * Susan Falendysz, Clemson University Dr. Katheryn Fernandez, Mt. Carmel Coll. of Nursing * Tara Fortner, Lyndon State College Dr. Anna Foy, University of Alabama-Huntsville Dr. Wendy Gaudin, Xavier University of Louisiana Martha Haigler, Bennett College Christi Hayne, Transylvania University Dr. Jodi Hicks, Davenport University * Dr. Kathleen Jagger, Thomas More College * Sara Jensen, Carthage College Elizabeth Johnson, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga Allie Kadell, Salem State University Michelle Kampa, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design * Katie Kauffman, Birmingham-Southern College Kerry Klima, Bowling Green State University Johanna Kowalko, Iowa State University Michele Leasor, University of Portland Taris Lemaster, American University * Lane Mann, University of Texas at Austin Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, Bowling Green State Univ. Andrew Moyer, Delaware Valley University Kristopher Nava, Univ. of Texas at Rio Grande Valley Dr. John Orr, University of Portland
Dr. Bryan Patterson, Johnson C. Smith University Dr. Luvâ€™Tesha Robertson, Eastern Kentucky University Jabari Robinson, Auburn University Dr. Joy Robinson, Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville Dr. Rie Sasaki, Columbio College (MO) Madysen Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Samantha Schultz, Ashland University Dr. Catherine Sherron, Thomas More College * Eena Singh, University of Southern California Fred Smith, Morgan State University Candance Stanton, University of New Orleans Jennifer Stewart, Drury University Sarah Tarbell, William Penn University Bradley Taylor, High Point University Andrea Tharp, Youngstown State University Karen Thomas, Cheyney University * Karen Tompson-Wolfe, Westminster College Cari Weymouth, Davenport University * Jace Whitaker, University of Georgia Peng Peng Yu, Westminster College * Indicates a new chapter installed or reactivated in 2015-2016
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Alpha Awards Alpha Awards calculate the yield percentage of total members initiated from the total number of members eligible. Gold Level (90% or higher) University of Bridgeport Converse College Dickinson College University of the Sciences of Philadelphia Sweet Briar College Washington and Jefferson College
Silver Level (80 - 89%)
Ashland University Birmingham Southern College Bucknell University California State Polytechnic University California University of Pennsylvania Chowan University Elizabethtown College Fontbonne University Lyon College Meredith College Morningside College Regis College Salem College Wesleyan College Wittenburg University
Bronze Level (70 - 79%) Baldwin Wallace University Cazenovia College Dominican University of California Drury University Hawaiâ€™i Pacific University Keystone College Roanoke College Saint Josephâ€™s College Samford University Seton Hill University Spelman College Texas Tech University Warner University Western New England University Xavier University of Louisiana
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Alpha Lambda Delta introduces the
At the 2016 National Council meeting, it was decided that a new award be established to recognize schools who make substantial member increases. This award is calculated by the overall number of students increased, not by percentage increase. The Lambda Award will first be awarded in 2017. Gold Level: 100+ new member increase Silver Level: 75-99 new member increase Bronze Level: 50-74 new member increase Alpha Lambda Delta
Delta Awards Delta Awards calculate the total membership percentage increase from the previous year. Gold Level (50% or higher) Ball State University Bowling Green State University Butler University University of Central Arkansas Clemson University DePaul University Doane College University of Kentucky Lenoir-Rhyne University University of Maine-Orono McMurry University Minnesota State University-Moorhead University of Nebraska-Lincoln Northern Arizona University Northern Kentucky University Piedmont College Texas State University at San Marcos Vanderbilt University Wesleyan College Winona State University University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Silver Level (25 - 49%)
Auburn University Bucknell University Chowan University University of Connecticut George Mason University University of Hartford Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Longwood University Maryville University Methodist University Montana State University-Bozeman Nicholls State University North Central College Northwestern State University Spelman College Valley City State University
Washburn University Western New England University University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bronze Level (10 - 24%)
University of Alabama-Huntsville Becker College Bennett College Coe College Colorado State University-Pueblo Cumberland University Dickinson College Dominican University of California Fontbonne University University of the Incarnate Word Lindenwood University Lyndon State University University of Maine-Farmington University of Massachusetts-Amherst University of Minnesota-Crookston Morningside College Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University Oakland University Rider University Seton Hill University Southwestern University Troy University University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Congratulations to these nine schools who received both Alpha and Delta Awards! Bucknell University Dickinson College Dominican University of California Fontbonne University Morningside College Seton Hill College Spelman College Wesleyan College Western New England University
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Alpha Lambda Delta chapters are encouraged to submit reports highlighting their interesting stories, great service projects, innovative events, and more. These reports showcase the generosity, involvement, and creativity of our chapters and their dedicated members. Alpha Lambda Delta
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith The 2015-2016 school year was successful for our chapter. We increased member participation, enlarged our presence on campus, improved our visibility within the school and community, and were able to give back to our community through many volunteering events. Of all the volunteering events we participated in, our three newly initiated service projects were the most notable for two reasons. It was the first time Alpha Lambda Delta at UAFS sponsored three large, successful service projects in one school year, and we improved our chapter visibility by providing service to others in novel ways. The three service projects we hosted will now become annual events because of their success and popularity. The first service project was a visit to a retirement home, Mercy Crest. There we spent time with the residents by visiting with them and playing bingo and Wheel of Fortune. We learned then that the residents enjoyed our visitation not because we were young. They enjoyed our presence because we genuinely had a great time interacting with them. This year, we have added more activities to the visit! We will be serving them lunch and playing bean bag baseball and bingo with them during the joyful chatting that will happen.
The second service project was the Special Olympics. Before we brought it to campus, no other organization on campus had ever hosted such an event. It was large and magnificent. This event took a great deal of planning and fundraising because it involved the entire Fort Smith community as well as the whole regionâ€™s Special Olympics athletes. Volunteers competed in different sports side-byside with the Special Olympics athletes. The goal of that service project was to promote social inclusion through sports, and we definitely fulfilled that goal. At the end of the day, we had a large cookout so everyone could eat and converse. Planning is in progress for the next Special Olympics at UAFS! The third and final service project of the 2015-2016 school year was an event with two objectives: to allow students to de-stress before final exams and to raise the number of adoptions from the Sebastian County Humane Society (SCHS). Last year, the SCHS experienced a higher than usual number of pets being given to them, and our chapter wanted to help with their plight. Hence, we set up our event, "The Cuddle is Real," and accomplished our two objectives. Many puppies and dogs were adopted. Furthermore, students and faculty donated pet items and money to the SCHS. Take a look at our pictures from last year to see the joy and relaxation this event brought to our campus and to the pets! To reiterate, these three service projects will now become annual events and have been designated as Alpha Lambda Delta at UAFS traditions! As we add more events, projects, and traditions, we are keeping in mind the sort of community impact we want to have, and that is what keeps our flame alive.
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Bowling Green State University After a spring induction ceremony that overwhelmingly exceeded our goals, our new executive board started planning early to keep our momentum. We kicked off our semester with a welcome back social event titled "Who’s Who and What’s What: An Introduction to ALD-PES." We introduced our new executive board members and played a number of games to get to know one another, including cornhole and messy twister. We also got our name out there to incoming students at what BGSU calls Campus Fest, a day where all organizations can spread the word about their missions. We hoped to encourage new students to keep their grades up so they can qualify and join during their second semester. Our first academic social meeting included a Jeopardy-style game led by our vice president, Taylor Watkins, and secretary, Malika Day. This meeting was a nice preparation for our “So You Think You Know Falcon Family Fun Facts” event hosted during the BGSU Family Weekend. We had three teams of families compete for prizes by answering questions in categories ranging from BGSU trivia, general knowledge, and ALD-PES history. At our leadership social, we led an activity inspired by Kristin Skarie’s presentation at last year’s convention. We asked our members to reflect about what is on their plates and what is missing.
We then took a meeting to relax, eat snacks and cider, and watch a Halloween movie together. Next, Taylor led a meeting reminding members of the importance of breaks and relaxation when the stress from school increases. We discussed study tips and then relaxed by coloring various pictures. Since the year is winding down and finals are approaching, we assembled survival kits with things like pencils, highlighters, note cards, and mints. These kits will be passed out at our library during exam week. Finally, our biggest service event this semester was participating in Relay for Life at BGSU on November 19. Ten members participated on our team, and several more participated through other teams. We created a balloon pop game as our onsite fundraiser and walked the track the entire night. Our team raised $592.89, helping the entire event raise over $57,000.
California University of Pennsylvania The California University of Pennsylvania’s (CalU) ALD chapter has had a busy year. The officers have new ideas not only to bring our members together, but also to create involvement in the local community, both on and off campus. Our chapter started the fall semester by helping with Freshmen Move-In Day. At Move-In Day, our members escorted new students to their residence halls and provided friendly faces as they began their new journey at the university. Officers also handed our informational pamphlets and ALD door hangers to the students and their parents. It was a long day filled with plenty of networking for both current and potential members. Communication is key to a successful chapter. This year we created a monthly electronic newsletter that is emailed to all of our members. This newsletter provides an inside look at what some of our members are doing, as well as a list of upcoming opportunities for service hours and Career Advantage Program (CAP) points. Each newsletter highlights a member’s accomplishments in the past year. For example, one of our members, Angela Novak, was a recipient of a James G. Stemler Scholarship for her study abroad internship in Transylvania, Romania. The article congratulated Angela and reminded our members
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throughout the university community. Our officers are also planning additional ALD-sponsored service, including planting a community garden and hosting a campus-wide clean-up event. Our members are very active in career development activities throughout the academic year. Through the collaboration with The Careerand Professional Development Center, Career Advantage Program (CAP) workshops are provided after each of our monthly member meetings. Additionally, our members earn CAP points by engaging in various career development activities, such as internships, job shadowing, co-ops, and professional conferences.
about different ways they can fund their study abroad experiences. Two of our officers, President Quintin Sano and Secretary Kaylie Rusek, had the opportunity to attend the National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. Members of our chapter donated nearly 300 items for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and its Homeless Children and Youth Program that ALD partnered with for the conference service project. For every item donated, our members were given a raffle ticket to potentially win a prize. Seven members were given awards, which included ALD tee shirts, a portable speaker, and free business cards. Our chapterâ€™s members have been busy providing service to the university and the community. The current officers are always looking for creative service opportunities to provide to our chapter. Through collaboration with the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Club, ALD treasurer Angela Clark organized an on-campus service project for our members to map houses and roads in Kenya as part of the Malaria Prevention Project through YouthMappers. Our members also participated in Make a Difference Day, a campus-wide event that was held in conjunction with the inauguration of our University President this semester. With Make a Difference Day, members engaged in service
Overall, this year has been filled with activity within our ALD chapter. We hope to continue expanding opportunities for our members while serving our community.
Carthage College As a member of the Carthage College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, I have been given so many unique opportunities, one of which is the Diversity Institute held on campus each year. Carthage invites speakers to give lectures every day for a week in October. The sessions touch on a variety of broad subjects such as race, gender, privilege, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and accessibility. These sessions are highly promoted, and all students are encouraged to go. Last year, I attended a presentation about LGBTQ rights, where the speaker talked about different identities and how to make the community feel welcomed and accepted. Information like this is essential, and at Carthage, we have the opportunity to be educated on it. This year, under the encouragement of Alpha Lambda Delta, I attended two sessions: Seeing the Invisible and Sign Language and Deaf Culture. Both were packed with useful information and insightful perspectives into the world the speakers lived in. With Seeing the Invisible, our speaker actually had an invisible illness, and hearing about the effects 43
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first hand is an experience you cannot receive from reading a page in a medical book. The Alpha Lambda Delta e-board has been there to inform the rest of the members of incredible events such as these and motivate us to participate in them and educate ourselves.
University of Connecticut It was like a scene from a holiday special in midNovember: dozens of volunteers from the University of Connecticut’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter came in from the rain and packed boxes full of toys as part of Operation Christmas Child, a charity that sends toys and other goods to children around the world. “We’ve been planning this for a while, and I love the idea of helping children, so we’re doing an Operation Christmas Child event. All the shoeboxes were donated, and we got about fifty of them. We’re hoping to fill them with toys, [bought] with the donations we’ve received from events this semester,” Samantha Staffin, community outreach chair, said.
volunteer Nicole Mason added. Something about putting my own shoebox, slightly crumpled around the edges but stuffed with toys, next to a pile of boxes in equally festive colors made me feel especially proud to be a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. This event was the result of hours of planning by several leaders in the organization, and it came to fruition as an event where people could make a difference in the lives of children they may never meet. I’d been a part of ALD for two years by that point, but it was only in that moment that I felt I truly understood the significance of charity and helping others to achieve ALD’s core mission. When the shoebox I wrapped arrives at the home of some child somewhere in the world, I hope it will make a difference in his or her life, but I don’t need to see a smiling face to feel gratified. Based on the testimony of the volunteers at the event and my own personal experience, the feeling one gets from the act of packing those shoeboxes and wrapping them up was reward enough.
Dozens of volunteers turned out for the event, with some donating their time and effort to pack shoeboxes and wrap them in holiday-themed paper. Others carried shoeboxes to the event and set them down on a table, creating a veritable pyramid of colorful shoeboxes. Rebecca Shepard, our social chair, described our success when she said “Volunteer-wise, it’s been great. People are really into it; they’re swinging by to drop off shoeboxes, even if they can’t stay.” Everyone at the event described it as a great way to get involved in ALD, make friends, and do something charitable for less fortunate children around the world. “I got an e-mail, and I’m trying to get involved in ALD more, so I said, 'I’ve got to get in on this,'” said volunteer Nicholas Ravalese. “I really wanted to get involved this year, and this seemed really fun and a great way to meet people,” Alpha Lambda Delta
Elizabethtown College The Alpha Lambda Delta chapter at Elizabethtown College recently sponsored a coloring page drive through the Color a Smile organization. The drive ran from Monday, September 26, through Friday, November 11. The club collected 607 completed coloring pages, including 120 in the drive’s first week! Etown’s ALD chapter does one major service project every year. Usually the club participates in "Into the Streets," the College’s campuswide day of community service. This year, though, the officers decided to color outside the lines. “We chose to do Color a Smile because it was a simple but effective way to get college students to engage in service while doing something to destress,” said Amy Lieberman, president. Color a Smile is a non-profit organization based in Morristown, NJ, that sends thousands of finished coloring pages each month to our troops overseas, senior citizens, and anyone in need of a smile. The officers placed bins of blank coloring pages in dorm lobbies and in the College’s Baugher Student Center. Students picked up coloring pages and returned them to the bins after coloring them. Fliers were posted all around campus, and the drive was advertised on the club’s Facebook page. The officers kept the group updated about the total throughout the drive. The coloring pages featured encouraging messages like “Keep Smiling” and “Hello, Friend.” Some of the messages and pictures were more specific, like a group of bees flying under the words “Bee Happy.” Students also colored several seasonal coloring pages for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The officers kicked off the event by running a coloring table outside the Marketplace, the College’s main dining hall. Students could sit at the table and color with the club’s supplies or take coloring pages to complete in their spare time. The group also participated in the College’s Midterm Meltdown event on Wednesday, October 19, offering
coloring pages to students who needed a way to destress during exam week. The Star Wars-themed event also featured food and games, and the club even made Star Wars-themed coloring sheets for students to take. On October 22, the club took the drive off-campus and into the community at Elizabethtown’s 7th Annual Fall Festival. Children who visited the club’s table got to put their finished coloring pages in a mailbox provided by Kayla Hall, council representative. The Fall Festival was secretary Elizabeth Mazer’s favorite part of the drive. “It was great because we got to see the community participate in the event along with the school,” Mazer said. Anyone interested in coloring for Color a Smile can print coloring pages at www.colorasmile.org. “Even just coloring one picture is helpful,” Lieberman said. “But also, by just smiling at someone in person or complimenting someone in person, we can create a community of greater kindness.” 45
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High Point University The Alpha Lambda Delta chapter at High Point University has had an exciting year so far! Elections were held in the fall to elect new officers for the year installed during the fall initiation ceremony. A group of 65 new members was inducted into our growing chapter, which is in its third year! Our chapter had two very inspirational speakers join our ceremony to encourage the students to go into the future with the strong motivations and aspirations they have exhibited thus far in their academic journey. The speakers were Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost of High Point University, and Dr. Dan Tarara, assistant professor in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. We are currently planning the spring initiation ceremony for the up and coming freshman inductees. We are very excited at the success of all of our students and want to make every induction special for the inductees and their families. As this achievement for all freshman is quite special for many, family and friends are invited to gather to watch as they are initiated into the chapter during our Winter Family Weekend event. Dr. Laura Alexander, assistant professor of English, was inducted as the new faculty advisor. She is excited to be working with this amazing group of students. Mr. Bradley Taylor, a student success coach for science, was inducted as the chapter’s new advisor. He has done an amazing job coordinating keynote speakers for inductions, ensuring that the group is running smoothly, and helping the group to make amazing strides and grow as an organization. We are very excited and blessed to have him aid the
chapter in achieving its goals as a chapter and as a community! Most recently, our chapter sent delegates for the first time to the National ALD Conference held in Washington, DC, in October. They came back with a wealth of knowledge and are excited to implement these new ideas. For the spring semester, the chapter plans to coordinate with university departments to offer professional growth programs focused on career networking, how to apply for research-based fellowships/scholarships, and much more. As our chapter grows with each initiation, so does the success of our students as they become advocates going into their sophomore year. Many have grown into very ambitious scholars in their respective fields, and continue to grow. As the Alpha Lambda Delta High Point University chapter continues to grow, we are excited to see what the future holds for this inspirational group.
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis The IUPUI chapter began our year after selecting new officers in April by having a scavenger hunt around Indianapolis with the old and new officers and student advisors working in teams. Our next event was the annual Officers’ Retreat at the Eagle’s Hideaway near Eagle Creek Park on August 28. We started the day with lunch. Outgoing officers met with the new officers, various committees met, and we engaged in teambuilding activities. Prior to the start of classes, sixty of our members joined the Move Crew to assist with Campus Housing Move-in Day. We also participated in the IUPUI Weeks of Welcome and set up a booth at the Student Involvement Expo and the Honors College welcome. During fall semester we held monthly officer and member meetings with speakers covering topics such as planning a study abroad experience, lowering your stress level, and learning about opportunities to get involved in research, international endeavors, service, and experiential activities.
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We participated in the annual IUPUI Regatta, an all-day canoe race on the downtown canal. We had a popcorn booth with the Honors College, a team that volunteered to help maintain the grounds, and four teams racing. Earlier in the week we had a team in the battleships competition in the Natatorium and finished second out of thirty-two teams! The same morning, we had a team doing the St. Jude Walk/ Run to raise money for pediatric cancer. We are also planning our annual Samstrong Dance that we hold in February and donate all proceeds to St. Jude in memory of IUPUI student Sam Featherstone.
Our endeavors for November included participating in a campus food drive, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House by cooking breakfast for the guests, and having some fun by going to play laser tag. Our final event of the semester will be our annual holiday project when we adopt local families and spend a Saturday shopping for them, having lunch, and wrapping their gifts to brighten their holidays. In addition to service projects, members spent a great deal of time promoting ALD during the fall semester by visiting many of our first-year seminar classes to talk about joining ALD.
October 20-22 we helped out Indy Parks for the ninth year with their annual Hauntless Halloween, serving as trail guides, refreshment vendors, crafts assistants, pumpkin carvers, and campfire leaders. We also had a team for IUPUI Day of Caring for a day of campus wide service.
Our spring semester will include participating in events such as the annual IUPUI Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service and Cesar Chavez Day of Service. In addition, we have a team for IUPUIâ€™s dance marathon for Riley Hospital for Children. We will also hold our annual Pizzapalooza information sessions for potential new members, and our initiation ceremony will be March 25.
Samantha Peak, president, Curry Morgan, vice president, and ALD National Council member, David Kane, attended the ALD National Conference in Washington, DC, along with ALD National Vice President for Chapter Relations and Expansion, Lisa Ruch. We all had a great time and came back energized, motivated, and full of new ideas to make our chapter a success!
We are also proud to share that we had six national scholarship winners this year. We had three Trow winners, Megan Smith, Katelyn Miller, and Victoria Sefcsik, and three Stemler winners, Megan Smith, Jake Gale, and Jenny Yang. Our chapter also earned the Maintaining the Flame Award. We look forward to continuing our winning streak! 47
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Linfield College During the fall semester of 2015, the Linfield College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta’s participation was lacking, and students were not as focused on being active members. To combat the lack of interest and promote ALD on campus, the current officers got together and formulated a few ideas to help engage current members and encourage eligible freshmen to join. One of these ideas was Free Coffee Nights in Nicholson Library, which was implemented during spring semester of 2016. President Patty Roberts, vice president Brenna Allsop, and secretary Mikayla Frei visited multiple coffee shops in the McMinnville area, delivering letters asking for donations. The goals of the donations were to promote the coffee shop of participating donors, engage the community in an academic-related event, and provide the Linfield community with great coffee! Flag & Wire immediately showed interest in donating to ALD’s Free Coffee Nights and the partnership began as they provided the Linfield ALD chapter with enough coffee to last the entire semester. The Free Coffee Nights are held one night every other week. To encourage ALD member engagement, current members sign up to volunteer in the library at the table for one to three hours per night to help support the chapter.
Keystone College Bright-minded Alpha Lambda Delta members at Keystone College helped their motivated peers at the campus study night. Keystone College’s Study Night took place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Evans Hall. Students tutored and enjoyed a popcorn bar, lemonade, and late-night breakfast. Approximately fifty students attended. Armed with Alpha Lambda Delta name tags, members assisted students with math, writing, science, and more! Each table in Evans Hall was designated for specific majors and courses. Students sat down with Alpha Lambda Delta members and received one-on-one peer tutoring, guidance, and support. With mid-terms approaching, students appreciated the extra help. Sharon Clark, Keystone College’s Lead Academic Advisor, ran the study night. Clark shared that Alpha Lambda Delta being involved in the study night was appreciated and helped make students feel welcome and comfortable being tutored. Alpha Lambda Delta
After a successful first semester, the incoming officers agreed to continue these successful events. We reached out to Flag & Wire again. They quickly responded, eager to extend the collaboration. As the end of the semester draws nearer, we have been successful in spreading awareness about ALD to the Linfield Community and providing students with free coffee to support their studies in the library. Looking forward to next semester and beyond, these Free Coffee Nights are becoming a great tradition and partnership with a local business and library staff members that we hope will continue. To help make Free Coffee Nights a more permanent event in the future, the current officers decided to designate money in our budget to create a more durable and professional “Free Coffee Night brought to you by Alpha Lambda Delta and Flag & Wire Coffee” sign. Students have also encouraged ALD students at the table to provide biscuits and cookies along with the coffee in the future. The prospects look bright for these young, caffeinated Linfield College scholars!
University of Maryland The University of Maryland’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is unique as it is combined with our chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, and the melded society is called Primannum Honor Society. Therefore, we have a greater number of members than most chapters— we have over 3,000 undergraduate students. With the sheer size of our chapter, one of our main difficulties is establishing a relationship with our members.
Additionally, we organized service events such as walking shelter dogs, picking up trash, and making sandwiches for the less fortunate. We also regularly held donation drives, including ones for homeless DC youth, for Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti, and for local food banks. We have also continued to hold fundraisers at local restaurants and at our raffles at each general body meeting. Additionally, we held our annual Krispy Kreme fundraiser this fall, where students can preorder boxes of donuts. Also, we awarded scholarships to our members, including our New Member Scholarship. We will also award our Trow, Clarke, and Stemler scholarships later this semester.
Our executive board started off the year by taking a retreat to hike Great Falls, MD. We bonded and discussed how to improve our chapter, and we continue to tackle our challenges in our weekly executive board meetings.
This year, we upgraded our email listserv program, and we continue to produce our scrapbook and monthly newsletter. We have also improved our social media presence, and we hope to improve the relationship with our members.
This year, we have continued our monthly general meetings, where we update members on upcoming events and host icebreaking activities. We try to hold fun and appealing events for members, such as cookie decorating events, barbeques, s’more making events, and resume workshops.
Though we have made strides this year, we hope to continuously improve our chapter of ALD. We inducted over 100 new members this fall, and we hope to provide the best possible experience for them.
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Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Morningside College Morningside College’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter wraps up another successful calendar year highlighted by member initiation and election of new officers, academic and service projects, and much appreciated recognition for our efforts.
Friends and family cheered as our small MIAD chapter was installed, a proud accomplishment to every new member. Even before our installation, our members have been hosting events to promote academics and raise funds for donations. As an art and design school, we always try to incorporate our passions into the activities we do. Our first event was a tie dye social before finals week. It was "tie die for," and we could connect with our fellow scholars in a relaxing and fun way. The event was successful because, whether we wanted to admit it or not, we all needed a break from our final projects. Our next big event was one that we created with a specific audience in mind: art students. We called it an Art Swap and Bake Sale. The idea behind it was one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. People could bring old art projects that they no longer needed or wanted to have sitting around to swap for someone else’s piece of art. If they didn’t have art to swap, they could purchase any piece for a reasonable donation. While the swap was going on, they enjoyed baked goods. We also sold some handmade buttons designed by our ALD members, which ended up being a huge hit among the event goers. This initial event was not only a great fundraiser for donations but a huge way of putting the MIAD ALD chapter on the map. Our chapter plans to make this event a tradition for our campus each semester to represent the relationship between our burning passions and the ALD flame.
Incoming sophomores initiated April 10 at a joint ceremony with PES at Grace United Methodist Church. Many proud parents attended. A week later we elected ten new officers for 2016-17. In April, ALD members helped unpack books and set them out for the Sioux City Public Library Annual Used Book Sale. The sale generated $40,000 for library programming. During the summer our 2015-16 ALD chapter and several individuals received honors. The chapter won the Maintaining the Flame award and the 2016 Alpha Silver and Delta Bronze awards for successful membership recruitment. Madison Harpenau won a Trow scholarship. Natasha Hongsermeier was recognized for three years’ service as Member-atLarge to the National Council. Our faculty advisor, Dr. Marty Knepper, joined the National Council for 2016-2017 as Editor of The Flame and was selected as one of the Executive Director’s Advisors of the Year. New members jumped into academic and service activities in the fall after an August officers’ retreat
Another tradition that we want to implement to promote academics within our building is handing out caught working hard candy canes around finals week in the fall semester. Our students like to know that their efforts are appreciated, and the candy acts as a small reward. This will spread the ALD name around the school and get people talking about our group, which in turn will help with recruiting future members. So far we love our ALD chapter, and we are excited to bring our unique ideas to show who we are as MIAD students within the ALD community. Alpha Lambda Delta
focusing on bonding and planning, followed by distributing ALD information at the orientation activities fair. In September, we distributed our revised AEIOU (academic opportunities) online and print booklet, used for advising students. In October, we joined nearly one thousand other Morningsiders for ODK’s annual service day, Into the Streets. This year we helped the Community Action Agency’s Crossroads and the Mental Health Association of Siouxland.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Our local elementary school has a high poverty rate and homeless population. To help increase parent attendance and involvement in teacher conferences, we created a service project called Books and Beats. We partnered with firstbook.org, who supplies free books for elementary school children to encourage literacy. We created the event Books and Beats to allow each student to have a book and to hear his or her own heartbeat. We took stethoscopes for the kids to listen to their own heartbeat. After their teacher conference, each student got to select one book (for free) to take home and keep.
In October, we carried out a new service event after a football game. In exchange for cash or donations of hygiene items, we distributed caramel apples and offered hayrack rides around campus. Jaclyn Arens, Maddie Dotzler, and Marty Knepper transported Turnout was higher than usual for parent/teacher two suitcases full of hygiene items to the National conferences, and parents and kids alike seemed to Leadership Conference, and we donated the rest to the Council for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. enjoy themselves. Watching our members be thanked for the books by the elementary students, as well as the parents and grandparents, was rewarding. At the National Leadership workshop, Jaclyn and Marty facilitated a session on running successful meetings, assisted by Madison. They explored Washington, DC, by foot and bicycle, and came home with new friends and new ideas for our ALD chapter. In November, members got into the Thanksgiving spirit by writing cards and delivering them to residents of Whispering Creek Senior Living. Residents were overjoyed when they received the cards, and some even said they’d cherish them forever. ALD members also participated in a campus Hamilton event that raised money for two local community centers who serve Hispanic and AfricanAmerican residents in Sioux City. Recently we frosted and decorated sugar cookies and delivered them to freshman seminars as part of our annual Smart Cookies event. ALD and PES members talked about our organizations to the first-year students to encourage those eligible to join in the spring. Then members handed out the cookies as a reward to the freshmen for being “smart cookies.” As we begin our Maintaining the Flame scrapbooking, we look forward to more activities and to membership recruitment in the spring.
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro Thanksgiving is generally a time spent with family eating delicious food. However, this is not the case for everyone. North Carolina is one of twelve states that exhibits significantly higher household food insecurity rates, with the city of Greensboro ranking at the top. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta wanted to make an impact on its community and campus by hosting a canned food drive for the month of November. While it started with just advertising to its members, the food drive grew to a larger initiative involving the Division of Enrollment Management. We collected over 200 items in the drive. The cans were donated to The Spartan Open Pantry, UNC Greensboro’s food bank.
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For one night in the fall semester, Watson Library at Northwestern State University transforms from a popular study spot into three floors of fun and games. Alpha Lambda Delta is a proud sponsor of “NSU Demon Days Welcome” and has hosted “Get Loud at the Library” for the past three years. The event includes a mega cookie bar, music, and games such as book block dominoes, three-legged book race, and a library scavenger hunt. The more students learn about the library, the better their chances at winning prizes. Alpha Lambda Delta sponsors the grand prize, a FitBit, for the students willing to go the academic extra mile. Now in its third year, “Get Loud at the Library” continues to grow, with over 200 students attending. On September 29, 2016, the chapter teamed up with the Office of the First Year Experience to sponsor national speaker Judson Laipply and “The Evolution of Dance and Life is Change.” In the fall 2017, the chapter will host the “First Year Academic Challenge” for new students. The Challenge includes academic seminars, a health and wellness component, and zero missed classes. The NSU chapter continues to grow each year, with more than 600 family members and university guests attending the spring induction ceremony.
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Along with boldly serving our community, members and executive officers have done an outstanding The University of Oklahoma chapter of Alpha Lambda job advocating for Alpha Lambda Delta. We encourage our members to post using our hashtag, Delta is proud to share that we keep growing and #ServeHumblyLiveBoldly, where everyone can increasing our participation rates dramatically! New encourage one another as we see how we each live executive members were initiated with the intention boldly as we are serving our community. of engaging with past executive members to make this year even better. New members have been Recently, our executive panel decided that we are encouraged to share pictures with the society of the times they felt they were being “bold,” inspired by our going to adopt a spot on campus for us to clean once a week. This will be a great way for everyone, including theme “Serve Humbly, Live Boldly.” other members, to get together whenever they have free time and help keep our community clean. The ALD chapter at the University of Oklahoma has been working hard to have many service opportunities for our members to get involved in the community. We wasted no time by starting in September with making cards for patients at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Also in September, we volunteered as a group at the Norman Food and Shelter where we helped make meals. It was a great way to directly help our community, and we were rewarded with plenty of gratitude from the attendants! In October, we volunteered at Norman Food and Shelter once again, deciding they would be our year-long service project. We could share lots of memories with newly initiated members as well as executive officers, strengthening the bonds within our organization. Our ALD chapter also made sure to hold food, coats, and other drives for everyone to feel involved.
President Annie Rock, and Co-Advisor Allison Phisaiwath loved attending the National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, the last weekend of October this year! Both met with some awesome executive members who helped encourage Annie and Allison on how to continue improving our membership numbers. While they were there, they also set some high goals for our chapter. Annie was very confident when she told the chapter that one of our goals this year was to earn the Alpha and Delta awards nationally. Our chapter plans to reach these goals by hosting a publicity event during the first week of the spring semester 2017. We believe this publicity event will help encourage freshmen and help them learn more about Alpha Lambda Delta right before we send out invitations for membership. This publicity event will ensure that the prospective new members can get a positive first impression from our executive panel.
Otterbein University In the quiet, peaceful village of Westerville, Ohio, there is chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta that can be found at Otterbein University, and they have been involved and active this fall semester. This chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is proud of their achievements both past and present. Two years ago, they were one of the proud winners of the Order of the Torch award and work hard every year to maintain that level of achievement. Creating a sense of community among their members is one of this chapter’s favorite activities. 53
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At the beginning of this semester the officers of Otterbein’s chapter threw their annual grill night where members could come, have free food, and talk to friends they may not have been able to see over the summer break. Later in the semester Otterbein’s chapter was also one of the sponsors of a Halloween Party held at the Education House found on Otterbein’s campus. Members were encouraged to attend, and many did, making the night enjoyable for both members and non-members on campus.
Otterbein’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta has had a full and impactful fall semester that has changed both students and the community they live in. They are looking forward to maintaining community among themselves and the quiet peaceful village many of them call home.
Purdue University The Purdue University joint chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta-Phi Eta Sigma had a very successful spring 2016 semester that was highlighted by our spring induction ceremony and luncheon on April 3, 2016. At a very nice ceremony in our student union ballrooms, we inducted 408 students and two honorary members into our chapter! The luncheon speaker was Dr. Katherine Sermersheim, Purdue's new Dean of Students.
The Otterbein chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta has also begun implementing a new community building activity this semester. Starting in November Otterbein’s chapter began holding a study table for all members. This great new activity has allowed members to help each other grow academically and also created new friendships among members with different majors. Of course, Otterbein’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta’s absolute favorite activity to do together is giving back to the community. They held multiple service events this semester. Two times this semester they have volunteered at the Thrift Shop that can be found on Otterbein’s campus. The friendly and selfless women who run this shop donate all their proceeds to scholarships for Otterbein students. Otterbein’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was also able to help with a local 5k that was held in support of ending hunger in the Westerville area. Funds raised from the Westerville Hunger Heroes 5k and Fun Run went to the non-profit organization ShareBacAPac and Otterbein University’s Promise House. Both wonderful organizations hand out free food to those in need in the Westerville community. Some members of Otterbein’s chapter directly participated in the 5k, while others helped behind the scenes stuffing goody bags for runners participating in the 5k and Fun Run.
Approximately 40 new members applied to be an officer or committee chair, and the former officer team held interviews and selected 18 new officers to lead the organization for the 2016-17 academic year. Former president, Ed O’Neil, and former vice president, Eric Buedel, handed the baton to new president, McKenzie Landorf, and new vice president, Connor Hammond. Two officer transition meetings, including an appreciation pizza dinner for the outgoing officers, rounded out the school year. The new officers started out this year by continuing the chapter’s tradition of having an officer retreat, weekly officer meetings, at least one service project each month, and participating in homecoming
In November, Otterbein’s chapter was also able to help rake leaves for those who could not rake their own in Galena, Ohio, a village close by to Westerville. By working with SourcePoint, a nonprofit in Delaware county that provides services for adults over age 55, Otterbein’s chapter raked leaves for an elderly woman in the community, collecting over 14 bags of leaves! Alpha Lambda Delta
activities by designing and painting a big spirit sign that hung in our main bookstore’s window during Purdue’s Homecoming week. They also recently held this year’s first all member meeting that featured a speaker from Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities. Students learned the ins and outs of being successful in a job interview. The fall semester will be busy with chapter members participating in a local community event, Boo at the Zoo, and a road trip to Indianapolis to deliver fleece blankets to Riley Hospital for children. The officers hope to publicize the honor society this year so that new freshman students will recognize the benefits of membership after they successfully complete their first semester of college work.
St. Francis College On this past Veterans Day, St. Francis College was not only proud to honor our nation’s servicemen and women but also had the privilege of inducting its first members into our Alpha Lambda Delta chapter. As a result of hard work and outstanding academic achievement, our members’ combined success is ultimately what made us eligible for membership in the local chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta. Our eligibility for membership was based on our exceptional academic performance during our first two semesters of enrollment at St. Francis College. Our chapter’s co-advisors, Steven Boyarsky and Chad Lectura, expressed their congratulations to us for attaining a high standard.
Reaching well over a hundred members, many of us were more than eager to capitalize on this remarkable chance to be part of this new scholarly community by filling out officer applications. Our first year's group seemed to be headed for unlimited success with Amanda Innamorato as chapter president, Cristina Perez as vice president, Courtney Eng as secretary, Gabriella Licata as treasurer, Meaghan Vaughan as historian, and Abanobe Barsoum as editor. “Being the first president of our local chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at St. Francis College is an honor, and having such a great team beside me is the key to the success of our newly inducted chapter,” said Innamorato. With such a dedicated board at the helm and an impressive group of members, we were well on our way to achieving national recognition. After months of gleeful anticipation, the local chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta at St. Francis College was finally nationally recognized and was now one step closer to our induction ceremony. Our first induction ceremony was predicted to be a sure success and one that would serve as an important milestone in our chapter’s progress as well. In our first induction ceremony, we were honored by having ALD’s Executive Director Eileen Merberg speak at our installation as well as initiate our members into Alpha Lambda Delta. During this time, we were also privileged enough to induct five additional members into our chapter. Our college’s President Brendan Dugan, Provost Timothy Houlihan, co-advisors Steven Boyarsky and Chad Lectura, and fellow student Hannah Seymour were installed as honorary members in our local chapter. At the end of our ceremony, our chapter President was presented with a large plaque that listed our collective members’ signatures on it. Needless to say, this was both an awe-inspiring and a most joyous moment for St. Francis College and our local chapter 55
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thankful for each other and Alpha Lambda Delta.
Presently, our chapter hopes to thrive in terms of membership success and hopes to inspire positive change in our community through charitable efforts, in accordance with the Franciscan spirit in each of us.
For many weeks ALD had tried to organize a social gathering to better familiarize all the members with each other, and this was the perfect time. It turned out to be a wonderful "Friendsgiving" with much team bonding. By the end of the night, members became closer and learned more about their fellow members than they had known before. The potluck had turned into a dinner, game night, and movie night.
Saint Vincent College Alpha Lambda Delta at Saint Vincent College:
Always serving others Leadership in action Proud of our accomplishments Helping others in need Aiding the community Life changing service Aiming to succeed Making meaningful changes Breaking the boundaries of apathy Devoting time and effort Applying spirit to the Saint Vincent community Distinguished society of collegiate students Everyday acts of kindness Learning through experience Taking risks to leave a lasting impression Academically focused to prevail
The biggest highlight from this Thanksgiving Potluck was the collaboration. Some were in the kitchen cooking away and preparing the table, being truly servant hearted. Others conversed on the couches playing get-to-know-you games as well as listening to Christmas music. One of the members was having unexpected car trouble, and a handful of other members stopped what they were doing to go outside and help fix the issue, check on her and her car, showing how much they cared. ALD expressed true characteristics of friends, family, and fun during the social event. The potluck was such a great time. The most memorable quotation from the night would be from vice president Savannah Huff, “We held a wonderful and successful Friendsgiving this semester…. It was lit.”
At Saint Vincent College, we as a society work to embody this set of goals through our community efforts, service to others, commitment to academic excellence, and desire to succeed.
Tennessee Tech University On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Tennessee Tech University Alpha Lambda Delta chapter held a "Friendsgiving" in honor of Thanksgiving coming up. This event was held at two of their own officers’ apartment: president Wes Hutton and historian Alex Vandergriff. Even though individual students had very busy schedules of their own, members still made time to come out to enjoy community and be Alpha Lambda Delta
in chapter events via our points system, which challenges our members to remain active in the organization in order to earn points that go towards earning graduation cords.
University of Wisconsin– Oshkosh This past year, the UW Oshkosh ALD chapter inducted 28 freshmen. Even though we are a small organization, we believe we can make a difference on our campus and in our community. Thus, our goals are to augment awareness about our organization, increase member involvement, and facilitate outreach into the community. This year we have collaborated with the Peer Mentor program on campus to distribute fliers to freshmen detailing our organization’s purpose and requirements for their induction. We encourage them to strive for academic excellence and focus on doing well in school and planning for their futures. We plan to host a social for invited freshmen next semester inspiring them to join and informing them of the benefits of doing so. Our chapter continues to provide its members with volunteer opportunities, monthly member meetings, and fundraising events. We keep our members informed through emails, Facebook, Instagram, and our newest social media outlet: Snapchat! The ALD group was sent to a local elementary school, where they helped re-paint lines on the playground, rake leaves, make copies of worksheets, move classroom materials to the room where they were needed, and organize the results of PTO posts. We continue to encourage our members to participate
Our chapter takes pride in its community involvement most of all. So far this year we participated once again in Hands-On Oshkosh, a city-wide event that sends volunteers to places throughout the community that need help. We made blankets for Project Linus, an organization tfor critically ill children, at one of our member meetings. We were able to donate ten blankets! We volunteered at Oshkosh’s Celebration of the Lights, an event that collected food for those in need over the holiday season. We also put on Pub Crawl Cleanup, an event that our chapter started several years ago that helps to clean up our city and continues to improve our campus and community and help the environment. Finally, our chapter started a relationship with a local senior-living center, where members volunteer every other weekend to help out their staff and entertain the elderly by running bingo games and other activities planned by the staff. We believe that teaching our members to be active now in the community and to create relationships with those in need will help form habits that will make our members responsible, caring community members for the rest of their lives.
Western Michigan University Having held over twenty events in just the first few months of the fall semester, Western Michigan University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter has already had some amazing experiences. We returned to the Air Zoo to support our Veterans. We helped cheer on runners from all over Michigan. We helped provide weekend food supplies to elementary school children who might otherwise go without. We’ve kept our already-established volunteer connections strong, but we’ve also been trying to branch out into the greater Southwest Michigan community. One new connection we’ve built this year is with the Battle Creek located at Binder Park Zoo. With this organization, we were able to help some trickor-treaters have a safe and fun Halloween event to attend, and we were able to fundraise for this zoo. 57
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Wright State University Alpha Lambda Delta has existed on campus since 1987 and is administered through University College. Students must earn a 3.5 GPA or better during their first year to be eligible to join. Sometimes though, people assume it’s a sorority or fraternity. At the ALD National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, on October 28-30, Wright State’s chapter picked up an explanatory catchphrase you might soon see on tee shirts: "Alpha Lambda Delta-Geeks, not Greeks."
The Great Zoo Boo is the largest fundraising event for Binder Park Zoo and has been for the last 31 years. The money raised through this event keeps the animals healthy and warm during the closed-season of the zoo by covering the costs of food, shelter, heat and other necessities for their survival. The event itself is geared toward children, with a trick-or-treat lane, games, and prizes, and even a train ride. The leader of this event and off-campus coordinator for our chapter, Regina McLeod, chose to hold this event because she knew that Zoo Boo is always in need of volunteers and the idea of helping animals has always had big appeal for our members. She considers this a very successful event, with only one minor issue of cold weather preventing total happiness. She hopes that this could become a chapter tradition for years to come. “My favorite part of the event was seeing the children’s faces light up down trick or treat lane and, of course, the cute costumes!” said McLeod. This is why we volunteer. We aren’t trying to gain something. We aren’t trying to brag about how many people we’ve helped. Alpha Lambda Delta volunteers for the sake of volunteering. There are people in need, and we want to help. Because we are such a large organization, with right around 2,500 members, we are able to give our time and efforts to so many different people who need our help. We love doing what we do and plan to continue as long as possible. Alpha Lambda Delta
ALD officers Amanda Loving and Abby Hergenrather secured funding from the Wright State University student organization budget board to attend the National Leadership Conference along with chapter advisor Catherine Queener. All three returned with inspiration and exciting experiences to share. Amanda Loving, president of Wright State’s chapter, is a senior Finance/Management major scheduled to graduate in Spring 2017. Amanda is passionate about training service dogs; ALD’s fundraising for the last few years has been for 4 Paws for Ability. Conference workshops inspired her with ideas for a new “puppy paw print paintings” fundraiser and a Valentine’s Day event. Vice-president Abby Hergenrather is a junior Athletic Training major on the pre-med track. She most enjoyed meeting other student leaders from colleges all over the US during the conference. Both Amanda and Abby were inducted into ALD as first-year students and became active in ALD leadership as sophomores. Chapter advisor Catherine Queener notes that ALD is one of the few student organizations where a sophomore can be elected and serve in a leadership role. One of the ideas she is excited about is a “passing the torch” program where outgoing officers share a meal and ideas with new officers. Conference organizers planned a few hours of free time both afternoons, so the WSU trio toured the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Capitol Building. Queener: “I admit to a nerdy thrill at every sight of the capitol dome. It was exciting to be in our nation’s capitol right before the 2016 election.” The last couple of years have been big for ALD at 58
Wright State. “Our chapter was recognized by the national organization for increasing membership over 200%, we applied for and received a grant to go to the leadership conference, and we painted our ALD crest in the student organization hallway,” Amanda noted. Hergenrather added, “We also raised money and made blankets for 4 Paws, and this was our third year in a row volunteering at Aullwood Audubon Center’s non-scary Halloween program for little kids.”
2017 National Leadership Conference Phoenix, Arizona October 27-29, 2017 Join us in sunny Phoenix, Arizona for a weekend of leadership, learning, and fun. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix.
Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration will be available in April and will cost $50 per person. The ability to "hold" spots early will be available again this year. The registration fee covers meals, hotel room (double), and conference materials. Conference attendees or chapters are responsible for travel expenses. Up to two students and one advisor may attend per school. For more information, visit: www.nationalald.org/attend
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The Flame is Alpha Lambda Delta's annual magazine. It highlights the individual and chapter accomplishments of the previous year. Founded in...
Published on Jan 26, 2017
The Flame is Alpha Lambda Delta's annual magazine. It highlights the individual and chapter accomplishments of the previous year. Founded in...