Alpha Chi Honor Society Inducts 12 Members

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 26 2009

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Alpha Chi Honor Society Inducts 12 Members

Athens, W.Va. – The Alpha Chi Honor Society at Concord University inducted 12 new members on Thursday, March 26.

Inductees included: Lorien N. Anderson, Princeton; Sarah Begg, Valley Head; Andrew J. Carver, Bluefield, Virginia; Ashley A. DeGroff, Montrose; Anne M. Endres, Charleston; Michael H. Erskine, Ronceverte; Erin Michele Gedicke, Hayes, Virginia; Rebecca Gouty, South Charleston; Tara Nicole Lester, Iaeger; David M. Paxton, Maysel; and Liston H. Pennington, Princeton; S. Matthew Trail, Pipestem.

The Alpha Chi Honor Society was founded February 22, 1922, when representatives of five Texas institutions of higher learning met at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, to organize a society which was first known as The Scholarship Societies of Texas. By 1926, the organization had been adopted in other southern states and had changed its name to The Scholarship Societies of the South. In 1934, the group, having expanded its membership beyond the Southern United States, changed its name to the Alpha Chi Honor Society.

At present, Alpha Chi consists of seven regional divisions with over 300 active chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Active members are entitled to wear a recognition pin, which is presented during a new member’s induction into the Society. In addition, members are eligible to compete for regional undergraduate and graduate awards as well as Alfred Nolle Undergraduate Scholarships and H. Y. Benedict Graduate Fellowships. Members receive copies of a quarterly newsletters as well as The Recorder, the Society’s scholarly journal of student work. Every member of the West Virginia Beta Chapter is recognized at their graduation by a gold seal on their diploma as well as a medallion strung on a blue and green ribbon which they wear with their graduation regalia.

The West Virginia Beta Chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society was the second chapter granted in the State of West Virginia. Chartered in 1969, West Virginia Beta celebrated its 30th anniversary at Concord College in 1999.

Represented at this induction are the symbolic colors of Alpha Chi, sapphire blue and emerald green. Blue represents truth, and the green represents victory. The name of the Society, Alpha Chi, represents truth and character, personal traits exemplified by these initiates to the Society and recognized by the faculty of Concord University, who have nominated them for membership in Alpha Chi. The motto of the Society is derived from John 8:32: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

In this ceremony, each initiate will agree to continue to pursue the ideal goals of truth and character, their exemplary dedication to which has resulted in their recognition this evening.

Associate Professor of History Carol Kazmierczak Manzione is the sponsor; Assistant Professor of English Michelle L. Gompf serves as first assistant sponsor; and Assistant Professor of Biology Thomas B. Ford serves as second assistant sponsor.

Inductees’ family members and friends were in attendance.