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Alpha Chi at KWU
Kansas Wesleyan University’s Kansas Delta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society recognizes the top 10 percent of KWU's upperclassmen and women for their scholarship and outstanding academic accomplishments. Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922, its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.
Induction into Alpha Chi
Alpha Chi chapters induct no more than the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors, and since 2007 graduate/professional students, on each campus, representing all academic disciplines. With some 300 chapters and an active presence in almost every state, Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society actively promotes academic excellence, undergraduate and graduate research, campus academic dialogue, and civic engagement.
On Oct. 30, 2016, KWU's Kansas Delta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society held its induction ceremony for 13 Kansas Wesleyan students. Members of Alpha Chi are in the top 10 percent of the junior or the senior class at their institution. Kansas Wesleyan formed its Kansas Delta chapter of Alpha Chi on April 6, 1978.
Star Chapter Designation
Kansas Wesleyan University’s Kansas Delta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society earned the society’s Star Chapter designation for the 2014-15 school year. Kansas Delta is the only chapter in the state of Kansas to be named among the 50 chapters nationally to receive this honor. This was the second year in a row that the KWU chapter of Alpha Chi has earned the Star Chapter award, having also been honored as the only Star Chapter in Kansas for the 2013-14 school year.
Alpha Chi presents the Star Chapter designation to honor chapters for meeting several criteria: inducting members locally, sending at least one faculty member and one student to the annual convention, having at least one student presentation on the convention program, nominating at least one student for a national Alpha Chi fellowship or scholarship, and sponsoring at least one on-campus program in promotion of scholarship.
Kansas Delta Recipients of Alphi Chi National Scholarships
Each spring, a group of Kansas Delta chapter members and faculty sponsors travel to the Alpha Chi national convention to attend and present. Two KWU students have been awarded Alpha Chi national scholarships at the convention: Alexandria Pierce in 2014, to apply toward her senior year; and Jessica Hauschild in 2015, to help pay for graduate studies. Hauschild also presented the results of her mathematics research from her summer 2014 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at California State University, Fresno, and won the award for the best mathematics paper presented at the 2015 convention in Chicago. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
ALPHA CHI STANDOUT - TRACER PAUL, '15
The Power of AND Points KWU Student to Kansas City Opportunity
Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi said, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” This certainly rings true for December 2015 graduate Tracer Paul, of Osage City, KS, who finished his degree in three and a half years and was inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society in fall 2014.
With a double major in Sports Management and Business Administration, Paul was offered a paid internship for the spring 2016 semester to assist in the planning and coordination of special events for the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. If he does well, this could lead to a full-time position with the privately-funded nonprofit organization, which has partnerships with the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer team, and many others.
At Kansas Wesleyan, Paul played on the Men’s Basketball and Men’s Golf teams, co-chaired two annual Health and Wellness Fairs, was Coyote Activity Board (C.A.B.) supervisor, served as a resident assistant, and represented the university to visitors as a Student Ambassador for three years. As he can attest, success takes time and effort but the journey getting there can be fulfilling and enjoyable.