National Honors Society Chapter Receives Award
During the 2011-2012 school year, Elizabethtown College inducted 152 members into its chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD)—a national honors society for first-year students—representing a 33 percent increase in members over the 2010-2011 academic year. The College received the Delta Award at the Silver level from the national ALD organization in recognition of the significant increase in student members.
This accomplishment underscores Elizabethtown’s emphasis on first-year achievement. The College’s First Year Program is designed to make the transition from high school to college successful, supporting students both academically and socially, particularly during their freshman year.
To be inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student in a baccalaureate program, and maintain a 3.5 grade point average during the first term. In addition, the student must be in the top 20 percent of his or her class. Students meeting these requirements may then be invited to join the honor society. Students are members for life and have access to a variety of educational opportunities and scholarships.
Though it is the students who earn the grade, Glenda Earwood, executive director of ALD, notes that Assistant Professor of Music Justin Badgerow, advisor to the College’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter, played an important role in the increase to membership. “Recognition of academically talented first-year students could not occur without the help of local chapter leaders like Dr. Badgerow,” said Earwood.
More information about Alpha Lambda Delta is available online at http://www.nationalald.org/.