As the semester continues, many different organizations are accepting and inducting new members. One of those organizations happens to be Missouri Western’s chapter of Alpha Chi. On Tuesday, November 2, Missouri Westerns Alpha Chi chapter welcomed Carson Goerlitz, Wanda Pearson, Kylee Meehan, Hannah Shoemaker, Josie Pritchett, graduate student Richard Swing and President of the university Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy. The Alpha Chi chapter gave the following statement.
"Alpha Chi National College Honor Society proudly announces it has elected Elizabeth A. Kennedy, to Honorary Membership. Nominated by the campus chapter at Missouri Western State University, they met rigorous standards of scholarship, character, and friendship to the organization."
The Alpha Chi National College Honor Society has chosen to recognize Dr. Kennedy for her work at Missouri Western and for guiding the students and staff through the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Kennedy took the position of President after spending months guiding the school as the interim president through these strange times.
Alpha Chi invites students from all majors and career paths. The group is made up of juniors, seniors, and graduate students that are academically within the top 10% of their class. Alpha Chi provides opportunities for research, scholarships and philanthropy to members of their organization. Alpha Chi, founded in 1922, inducts more than 11,000 juniors, seniors, and graduate students annually from all academic disciplines on more than 300 campuses. In previous years Missouri Westerns chapter has initiated as many as 22 students at once.
Alpha Chi offers challenges to its members and gives them opportunities they might not find elsewhere. By providing multiple leadership opportunities as well as service projects, students are able to expand their interests as well as help them to develop more character.
In order to become a member of Alpha Chi, students have to meet rigorous standards of scholarship, character, and friendship to join the organization. All members have been nominated by the campus chapter at Missouri Western State University before being approved by the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
"Our national governing board carefully reviews the credentials submitted by nominating chapters and appreciates the support and encouragement provided by our honorary members.” Lara Noah, executive director of Alpha Chi stated. “We are proud that they have joined our Alpha Chi family."