Chapter Reports - continued...
The ALD chapter at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith was revived during the academic year 2012-2013. In April we inducted 48 new members into the society. Our first service project was locally oriented. Seventeen of us joined the Chancellor’s MoveIn Crew and helped Freshmen move into the Residence Halls the Saturday before classes started for the fall 2013 semester. Although we had to wear the official Move-In Crew T-shirts, we all proudly wore our ALD red buttons and promoted the organization to freshmen and their parents as we helped them move items from their cars into bins and little red wagons and up into their dorm rooms. We also had a little bit of time for fun and to get to know each other as seen in the photos. The officers have been busy promoting the chapter by participating in a face-painting event at a tailgate party for our female volleyball team, in a fair, promoting campus and community organizations, and in the Christmas tree decorating competition for university sponsored student organizations. To help the chapter become more vibrant, the UAFS chapter advisor Dr. Linda S. Fair, and the chapter president Memoona Bibi traveled to the annual leadership workshop in San Diego. Both came back to Fort Smith energized and ready to work. We are looking forward to inducting new members in the spring and growing our chapter!
Baylor University Waco, Texas As new officers for the 2013-2014 school year gathered around the meeting table, we began discussing changes that should be made to improve Baylor Alpha Lamda Delta. The improvements we discussed were mainly the activities that should be added and removed to our honor society. We decided that this year would be a year of transition. Transition is a step Alpha Lambda Delta
Baylor ALD member Kara Blomquist participated in the Steppin’ Out Spring 2013 with Baylor Alpha Lamda Delta. She helped in cleaning the backyard and front-yard of a local house.
by step process, and we are starting by adding more activities that focus on improving our surroundings by becoming more involved in the Waco community. As part of our transition, we decided to redesign our chapter t-shirts to create a new perspective on Alpha Lamda Delta. We believe that we are here to help our members have positive outlooks on working hard and helping our community in need. Our officers are trying our best to improve the quality of our chapter. This year, more than 500 freshmen were inducted. They were excited to contribute to our organization. Meetings are held, and many students come as part of the requirement of our chapter. Each semester, students are required to collect ten points to remain an active member of Alpha Lamda Delta. These points can be collected through various activities that are held throughout the semester. This semester, we participated in various events that were being held by Baylor University, including Steppin’ Out. Steppin’ Out is an event which focuses on providing service to the greater Waco community by allowing organizations to help meet the needs of the community through volunteer work. Alpha Lamda Delta had the opportunity to help paint a citizen’s house. Approximately, fifteen members participated in this event.
It was an amazing experience, and we were able to paint the whole front of the house. In addition, our chapter also participated in Fall Premiere, an event that introduces prospective students to our university, and spoke about Alpha Lamda Delta. We also participated in and donated to Relay for Life, an overnight fundraising walk that was held by the American Cancer Society. This semester’s Relay for Life ended halfway due to rain. Nevertheless, our members still had fun walking around the Baylor Track and Field stadium and spending time with each other. Besides volunteering in these events, Alpha Lamda Delta also collected Pop Tabs to help Ronald McDonald House Charities to recycle and to raise funds to help children and their families. Members are also encouraged to donate shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. It is organized by the Samaritan’s Purse to deliver Christmas gifts to children in developing countries. We also started what is called the Turkey Palooza to donate food to help those in need. We were overwhelmed to see the response from our members regarding the donations that were given. We hope that by the end of next semester, we make our chapter a more engaging and focused on more than just academia. We believe that this transition will be beneficial to both the chapter and its members. In addition, we hope that our members will continue to excel in their studies and be more aware of their surroundings. We are proud to represent National Alpha Lamda Delta in the Baylor community.
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio In time for Veterans’ Day, Bowling Green State University Alpha Lambda Delta members wrote letters of thanks to service women and men. Nearly thirty-five members wrote their sentiments—
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