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Catawba College Honor Society Installs Officers and Inducts New Members

September 30, 2004

Category: Academics, Events, Students


Catawba College’s Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, held an initiation ceremony for candidates Friday, Sept. 24 in Omwake- Dearborn Chapel on campus.

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The organization’s 2004-2005 president, senior Katharine Marie Phelps of Prince Frederick, Md., officiated, assisted by faculty sponsor Dr. Bethany S. Sinnott, a professor of English, and faculty advisors Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, assistant dean of the college and associate professor of English, and Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery, assistant professor of sociology.  Dr. Barbara Hetrick, vice president and dean of the college, delivered the homily for the ceremony, “The (Real) Secrets of Success.

Candidates initiated into the organization include seniors Nneka Asha Campbell of Salisbury, Jessica Lynn Davies of Solvay, N.Y., Lilia Repnikova Hale of Salisbury, Marja Lynn Hatfield of E. Winthrop, Maine, Emily Joye McGaughy of Upland, Calif., and David Austin Smith of Salisbury.  Juniors initiated include Julie Ann Bahr of Uniontown, Ohio, Cathrine Bennett Balentine of Charlotte, Geoffrey George Fouad of Simpsonville, S.C., Erin Christina Hyde of Lilburn, Ga., Danielle Renee Scearce of Salisbury, Andrew Robert Sufficool of Brooksville, Fla., and Summer Kari Zuck of Kingston, Tenn.

Catawba’s Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi was founded in May 1978 with the induction of 13 members.  To date, 481 members have been inducted into the chapter.

Alpha Chi inducts no more than the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors from all academic fields.  Founded in 1922, the society has active chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities in 45 states and Puerto Rico.