Sep 15, 2009

Honor society initiates new students

by Cat Hewett

Liberty’s chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society initiated new members Friday night at a special ceremony in the Townes Alumni Hall.

More than 200 sophomores were inducted into ALD along with Liberty Honors Program Director Dr. James Nutter as an honorary ALD member.

“We chose Dr. Nutter because he runs the honors program and there is a lot of overlap,” ALD faculty advisor Dr. Marilyn Gadomski said. “We wanted to showcase different honors societies.”

Nutter spoke to the students about the importance of balance between the academic, social and religious aspects of collegiate life and warned not to go to one extreme or the other, neither over committing nor missing out on activities and experiences while in college.

“One of my regrets was that I went to Chattanooga (for college) and went to a church with 5,000 people, but I was just an observer,” Nutter told the initiates.

Gadomski told the students of the importance of their responsibility as new members of the society and how achievement can shape the world.

“It is Christian achievement specifically that will keep this country moving in the direction that God intended for it from the beginning,” Gadomski said.

Other highlights from the evening included the installation of the 2009-2010 officers and the awarding of the Pauline Donaldson Exemplary Award to ALD initiate and Secretary Laurin Blount.
The officers have already met three times to plan some of the events the club will hold during the year, which include a movie night, ice cream social and meeting Sept. 21, 2009, volunteering at the Jubliee center and hosting a tailgating party and collecting items to send to military personnel serving overseas.

“We were really wanting to incorporate ALD, the community and Liberty,” ALD Historian Alicia Whitecavage said.

To be asked to join ALD, a student must have completed their freshman year maintaining a 3.5 GPA and be in the top 20 percent of their class according to the ALD Web site. The student also cannot have failed and repeated a class Gadomski added.

Students are contacted during the summer as to whether or not they have been selected.

“It’s really cool because all of our hard work is paying off,” initiate Heather Humphreys said. “It’s a display of our hard work.”

“It’s cool that we’re part of an academic community on campus,” initiate Larkin Hardy added.

While speaking to the students, Nutter gave a brief list of what membership in such an academic community could mean. He said that it gives members a much stronger resume for graduate, medical and law schools.

ALD was founded in the spring of 1924 as an honor society for women until the 1970s when men were first inducted. Since then, ALD has grown to include over 235 chapters across the nation.

Liberty’s chapter of ALD began on Aug. 26, 1986, with the initiation of 139 students. Since that time, the Liberty chapter has initiated over 1,500 students.

Students who wish to find more information about ALD can visit the Web site at nationalald.org or visit the Liberty chapter’s Web site through liberty.edu.

Contact Cat Hewett at chewett@liberty.edu.
 


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