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this event was a great way for members to learn more about the wide range of students who make up our USC ALD chapter and the opportunities available to them through their involvement in the chapter. The BBQ had such a large turnout that we ran out of food! As the fall semester comes to an end, we are busy preparing more exciting events for the spring! Our chapter plans to host a Professor Appreciation Luncheon, in which ALD members can invite a professor who has made an impact on their academic career in order to show them how much the students of USC appreciate what they do and to make them more aware of ALD’s presence on campus. We look forward to making this connection with the faculty on campus, all while hosting a fun event for both students and teachers! Meanwhile, as we plan and host these events, the USC ALD chapter is constantly promoting its involvement on campus and working to recruit our school’s top performing freshmen and recognize them for their academic success. We are looking forward to inducting an amazing new class of ALD members in the spring, and continuing to encourage members to take advantage of the incredible opportunities available to them through their ALD membership.

University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas This year, the University of Texas at Austin chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is excited to continue its goals of promoting academic excellence, leadership, and service in a friendly community. We won the Order of the Torch award for the 2011-2012 academic year and were honored to receive the Maintaining the Flame award for the 2012-2013 school year. This year, we hope to continue this tradition by maintaining high standards in an active and welcoming environment through social, service, and academic events. Our chapter meets twice a month to update members on our upcoming

The Flame

Promoting exercise and healthy eating is the focus of Marathon Kids, a service project at the University of Texas at Austin.

events and meet interesting speakers from around campus. This semester, we welcomed a speaker from Texas 4000, a group that rides bicycles from Texas to Alaska to raise money for cancer research, to explain what she does and how we can help her reach her goals. Another speaker came to promote Austin Pets Alive, a local animal shelter with a no-kill policy. After this meeting, we started an ongoing volunteer program to help out at this shelter. We send out a weekly newsletter listing all the events as well as using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to reach out to members in the most convenient way for them. This year, we sent out a survey to determine what types of events our chapter is most interested in doing so that we could appeal to everyone’s interests. Throughout this semester, we have had a multitude a socials events ranging from coffee socials to meet our Social Coordinators to laser tag in a three-story arena. Highlights so far include our intramural volleyball team, tailgates before our exciting Longhorn football games, and pumpkin carving to celebrate the fall. Next semester, our Social Coordinators are planning fun socials such as paddle boarding, intramural soccer, and more! 43

Along with our exciting social events, our chapter highly values service throughout our campus and community here in Austin. We have a semester-long service project with Nourish International, an organization that raises money to lift international communities out of poverty. This semester, we have also started a new tradition of continuous volunteering with Austin Pets Alive. One of our favorite events each year is Marathon Kids, an event that promotes healthy eating and exercise among children. Each child runs or walks the length of a marathon over several weeks, and we volunteer at the final event to celebrate their success. Recently we also helped out at Halloween Hoot and Longhorn Halloween, two events that provide a safe environment for children to dress up, play games, and get sweet treats. Our Service Coordinators are looking forward to planning more events to improve the Austin community as well as those beyond our city. Another main pillar of our ALD chapter is scholarship. We promote academics through study hours, career-building workshops, and merit-based scholarships. Some workshops we have already held include Resume and Cover Letter Writing and Public Speaking. In addition Volume 52 - 2014

Flame 2014  

The Flame is Alpha Lambda Delta's annual magazine. It highlights the individual and chapter accomplishments of the previous year. Founded in...

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