William Woods Chapter of National Honorary Society Initiates New Members

William Woods University recently honored junior and senior students who ranked in the top 10 percent of their class academically with induction into a national honorary society. Seven new members were initiated and three new officers were installed during the ceremony.

The Missouri Alpha chapter of Alpha Chi National Honorary Society held its annual initiation of new members and installation of new officers March 16 on the William Woods campus.

The WWU chapter of Alpha Chi was established in 1967, three years after the college became a four-year school. Currently, the Missouri Alpha chapter has 19 members.

Alpha Chi has 312 chapters nationally. Founded in 1922, the mission of Alpha Chi is to “promote academic excellence and exemplary character among students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.” Also, Alpha Chi is a general honor society, which offers membership to junior and senior students from all disciplines of study.

The initiates were Amanda Bethmann of St. Charles, Mo.; Amanda Ellis of Florissant, Mo.; Jennifer Frey of Mexico, Mo.; Megan Klein of Fort Smith, Ark.; Leah Novack of St. Louis, Mo.; Rebecca Quintero of Imperial, Mo., and Lynne Riedemann of St. Peters, Mo.

The officers are Jennifer Sydow of Columbia, Mo., president; Amanda Bethmann of St. Charles, Mo., secretary and Elizabeth Dunlap of Fulton, treasurer.

Following the ceremonies and dinner, Terry Martin, William Woods professor of art and the 2002-2003 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, delivered a speech to the new members, officers and their families.

Ed Easterling, WWU professor of business and economics, and Laura Ward, WWU assistant professor of equestrian sciences, serve as the chapter advisors. Clarence Wolfshohl, WWU professor of English, serves as the chapter’s sponsor.