to live a healthy life while attending college. Our chapter will be holding a food drive to collect supplies for the pantry. During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week in November, we’ll volunteer at a local homeless shelter, the Wheeler Mission, as we do every year. We also have two ALD teams, The Brain Storm and The Whizzards, competing in the IUPUI Academic Bowl in November. Our final November activity will be an afternoon of fun at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park in Indy. December will bring our annual holiday project when we adopt local families through Community Centers of Indianapolis, obtain their wish lists, and spend a Saturday shopping for them, having lunch, and wrapping their gifts so they’ll have a happy holiday. We also have a shopping team for Indianapolis Animal Care and Control as well as a donation drive to collect supplies for their animal shelter. Members will also attend an Indiana Pacers basketball game and hold an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party in December. Our spring semester will include participating in events such as the annual IUPUI Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service in January, volunteering at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, working with Habitat for Humanity, planning our March 30 initiation of new members, organizing our end-of-year BBQ for all members, and holding our second SamStrong dance. The inaugural SamStrong dance last February was created and planned by our former service chair and current student advisor, Sarah Fortney, in memory of IUPUI student, Sam Featherstone, who passed away in January 2013 after a courageous 3-year battle with brain cancer. Over a hundred students came in gowns and tuxedos and danced the night away to the tunes of a great DJ while also enjoying snacks and a photo booth and buying raffle tickets for donated prizes. Sam’s parents came and spoke to the group about Sam’s incredible struggle and his legacy. Money raised from the dance goes to a scholarship fund established in his memory at Sam’s high school. The event was a huge
success and a lot of fun for everyone, so we decided to do it again this year. We’d also like to mention that we had FIVE National Alpha Lambda Delta scholarship winners this year. We had three graduate fellowship recipients: former ALD president, Eric Keller, received a $6000 award to assist him with his first year of medical school at Northwestern University; former ALD president, student advisor, and ALD National Council member, Dillon Etter, received a $5000 award to use toward the pursuit of a Master’s Degree at IUPUI, and Heather Kent was awarded a $3000 graduate fellowship which came in quite handy as she began her first year at the Indiana University School of Dentistry this fall. Last year’s vice president, Amy Cramer, was awarded a $2000 Trow Scholarship; and John Fierst, last year’s president and current student advisor, received a $1000 Trow. Our chapter also received the Maintaining the Flame Award for 2013. In addition to these achievements, chapter president, Tom Beard, and vice president, Morgan Moran, attended the ALD National Leadership Workshop in San Diego in October. We look forward to another successful year!
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa The Iowa State University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta has had an exciting year! Last spring we initiated over two-hundred members. This fall, we had a Karaoke Night with root beer floats called “Floats ‘N’ Notes.” During October, we had our “Trick or Canning” event and collected over twenty bags of food from our local community during Halloween weekend. We were able to give our bags to a local church and we were able to see how we could directly help out our community first hand. We also sent two representatives to the Alpha Lambda Delta Leadership Conference in San Diego this year. Matt and Jacob came back with new ideas on how to improve our local chapter.
In November, we collected small toys for our local “Toys for Tots”, and had a cookie decorating contest at our general meeting. Designs ranged from patriotic to Christmas themed. Next, we are planning on giving out candy and pencils to students studying at Iowa State’s Parks Library to promote Alpha Lambda Delta and good study habits during final week. Finally, next semester we have several more philanthropies planned such as our “Charity Skate” can drive. People will donate canned goods so they can skate for free at the local ice arena. This will be our largest event of the year and we are hoping to set new records for the amount of cans collected. It’s been a fun year so far and we’re looking forward to more in 2014!
University of Maryland College Park, Maryland Sometimes, throughout college, you stumble upon an organization that gives you the best of both worlds - a sense of community as well as honor. At the University of Maryland, College Park, with a student body of over 35,000 students, feeling like you’re just a number can get easy. But through organizations like Primannum Honor Society, opportunities to access a strong network of honor students and professors abound. Each week, Primannum hosts events that emphasize community service, academic enrichment, as well as social networking to provide an environment for honors students to promote a high standard of learning and collaboration. With approximately 7,000 students in Primannum Honor Society and plenty of events going on each week, we’ve maintained a massive network of students and alumni while also providing members with the ability to participate in different events with small groups. Something that sets Primannum Honor Society apart from other chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta are our commitment to providing social and academic opportunities for members as well as our close proximity to the nation’s capital. With Volume 52 - 2014