February 22, 2002
Thirteen students attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent were recently inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society-Maine Zeta Chapter.
Students, who are in the top ten percent only of the junior and senior class, were invited to become members by the faculty of colleges and universities that have an Alpha Chi chapter.
Membership in Alpha Chi recognizes previous accomplishments and provides opportunities for continued growth and service. Students, who are supported by a faculty advisor, fill all chapter offices.
Thirteen students were inducted at the ceremony in UMFK's Nowland Hall on Thursday, February 21st. Seven of those students were from the St. John Valley. They are Stephanie E. Boucher, Cindy L. Coulombe, Deborah Daigle, Amy Roy, all of Fort Kent; Kelly Marie Caron, Fort Kent Mills; Cara J. Doucette, Van Buren; and Terry L. Wood, Eagle Lake. Also inducted were Janice L. Jackson and Naomi R, Leyendecker of New Sweden, Maine; Heather Jacqueline Frost, Sacramento, California; Janelle S. Targett, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; Ayako Shimada, Kariya, Aichi, Japan; and Satoe Yasutaka, Fukuoka, Japan.
Alpha Chi is an interdisciplinary coeducational society dedicated to academic excellence, outstanding character, and honor. Its name is derived from the first of the Greek words for truth and character. The purpose of the organization is to recognize scholarly merit and character elements that contribute to the academic advancement of the entire student community.
One of the benefits of becoming a member of the organization is the eligibility to compete, through their local chapter, for a variety of scholarships and fellowships such as the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship or the H. Y. Benedict Fellowship. Other benefits include receiving recognition as distinguished scholars and members of a society that is rapidly growing in numbers and prestige.
Active Alpha Chi alumni members receive their publications and are invited to participate in special programs, including competition for the $2,500 Joseph E. Pryor Alumni Fellowship.
There are active chapters on some 300 campuses in 45 states and Puerto Rico. These are found in both large state universities and small private colleges.
At least once a year, chapters induct new members and register them with the national office. Chapters sponsor and provide a variety of programs to enhance the intellectual life and ethical standards of their academic communities, including lectures, contests, receptions, and tutorial services.
Alpha Chi awards $45,000 a year in twenty-one scholarships and fellowships to individual members.