USciences’ chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students (ALD), which recognizes freshmen academic achievement, is being honored as one of seven 2013 recipients of the Order of the Torch Award as well as one of seven receiving the Alpha Gold Award for Membership. Dorothy Anderson, dean of students emeritus at Susquehanna University and a national chapter representative, will present USciences’ ALD chapter with an award banner at a ceremony in the near future.
The Order of the Torch is an annual award given to the top chapters of ALD across the country. To be considered, chapters must submit a scrapbook showcasing their work over the past year, including website and social media screenshots, event and program photos, marketing materials, and internal communications documents. A committee of National Council members reviews each entry and ranks them based on chapter involvement, internal communications, programming, campus visibility, and the application’s presentation. The committee then awards up to five schools with a banner celebrating the chapter’s achievement. ALD’s scrapbook submission included a holiday card making party for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a dinner party, and the University of the Sciences Garden Cleanup as well as brochures and ribbon making.
“Our chapter has been vying for this award for the past four years, each year making improvements on the previous years’ submission. This award recognizes the strong leadership of our chapter officers and the hard work and enthusiasm of our members, all of whom are committed to the success of Alpha Lambda Delta on our campus,” said Kevin Wolbach, one of the chapter’s advisors.
Receiving the Order of the Torch and the Alpha Gold awards are only the beginning of the exciting things to come for USciences’ chapter of ALD. Members of the school’s chapter will begin preparing for their 25th Anniversary Celebration, which is scheduled to be held on Nov. 11, 2014.
Alpha Lambda Delta at USciences is a thriving chapter. This year, over 93 percent of the organization’s student nominees accepted membership. Aside from the academic distinction that comes with being an inductee, ALD members can take advantage of scholarship opportunities for graduate studies and studying abroad. Many members of ALD also serve as campus leaders in the Student Government Association and undergraduate teaching assistants in the biology and chemistry laboratories as well as tutoring and mentoring on and off campus.
Alpha Lambda Delta is open to all freshmen who meet the organization’s strict academic requirements. Students must be attending an institution full-time for their bachelor’s degree, must attain a 3.500 GPA during the first semester, and must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their class. Once students are initiated, they become lifetime members of the organization.