Honor Society Recognized
Dickinson's Alpha Lambda Delta chapter earns two awards
September 2, 2012
Dickinson's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), a national
honor society for first-year college students, recently earned
two awards for its strong membership expansion and high yield rate.
Granted by the ALD's national council, the 2012 Delta Gold
award recognized the chapter's 51 percent growth over 2010-11, and
the 2012 Alpha Silver award honored the chapter's achievement
in initiating 85 percent of invited students for 2011-12.
"We recently took a look at the program and decided to
reinvigorate it," says Shalom Staub, associate provost and
first-year class dean, who serves as a co-advisor for Dickinson's
ALD chapter along with Christopher Francese, associate professor of
classical studies. "We encouraged the student leadership to
increase the number and variety of programs, initiating activities
such as dinners with faculty to enrich the academic experience
outside the classroom."
Established in 1924 at the University of Illinois, ALD is made
up of students who have earned at least a 3.5 grade-point
average during their first year of college. In addition to
recognizing these achievements, the society organizes student-led
community-service initiatives and provides leadership-development
activities and the opportunity to earn scholarships.
"ALD fosters a student culture that seeks to engage the academic
and intellectual dimensions in informal and social contexts," says
Staub, noting that this has been possible with the support of
faculty members and The Clarke Forum.
Dickinson's chapter, which has been in existence since 1989,
currently has 231 members.
For Further Reading:
Dickinson's Alpha Lambda Delta Web page