March 21, 2003
Twenty University of Maine at Fort Kent students will be inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society-Maine Zeta Chapter on Friday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.
Students, who are in the top ten percent only of the junior and senior classes, 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.
Nineteen of the twenty students being inducted at the ceremony are from the St. John Valley. They are Candice M. Caron, Susan M. Dubay, Denise A. Dumond, Georgette Fehrenbach, Alia N. Levasseur, Daniel J. Marquis, Steven Brian Romann and Terry Marie Thibodeau all of Fort Kent, Sarah J. Smith of Fort Kent Mills, Chad D. Bouchard and Frances D. Picard of Frenchville, Melissa Sue Saucier of Eagle Lake, John C. Ouellette of Wallagrass, Laura D. Deschaine, Tina Lynn Girard, Jay C. Lee and Jill Michaud of Madawaska, Jill A. McGlaughlin of St. Agatha, and Caroline D. Cyr of Van Buren.
Rebecca Flanagan from Milo, Mainewill also be inducted.
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.