The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society for First Year College Students has awarded an Alpha Award at the gold level to University of the Sciences’ Chapter of ALD. The Alpha Award is the newest award presented by National Alpha Lambda Delta, which recognizes chapters that have initiated a high percentage of their invited students.
In 2009, USciences’ ALD welcomed 105 outstanding new students, all whom had GPAs over 3.69. The chapter initiated 93 percent of the students who were invited to join the society.
ALD is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. The national organization’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.” At USciences, the extension of an invitation to join is based on first semester grades of first-year students. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be in the top 20 percent of the class.
“Our chapter has always had a high yield of invited students and it is great to receive this recognition,” said Kevin C. Wolbach, lecturer in biology and ALD chapter advisor. “We have a very active ALD chapter and their impact on the USciences campus is felt through member participation in the undergraduate teaching assistant programs in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the tutoring programs offered by SASS, and numerous community service activities. I am looking forward to another great year of service with these students.”
In October, Wolbach will be taking two students, ALD President Cassandra Mislyan Undec’13 and Student Government Representative Bryce Kleeman PharmD’15, to the 2010 Alpha Lambda Delta National Leadership Workshop at Disney World in Orlando, FL.
ALD has been recognizing outstanding students on college campuses since 1924. The society has initiated more than 850,000 gifted students and has awarded over one million dollars in scholarships.