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Catawba College Student and Faculty Member Serve as Delegates at Convention

April 03, 2006

Category: Academics, Faculty, History & Politics, Students


A Catawba College student and faculty member served as official delegates to the Alpha Chi Region III Convention held March 23-25 in Wilmington. Senior Ray Porter of Salisbury and Dr. Charlie McAllister, a professor of history, were the delegates, representing Catawba's N.C. Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi.

Porter presented a paper on "Parental Involvement in Youth Use of Video Games."  Another Catawba College student, senior Victoria Hamilton of Wake Forest, was selected as an alternate for the Alfred Nolle Scholarship.

Also at the convention, Catawba's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi was recognized as a "Star Chapter" for the sixth year in a row. Only 15 percent of all chapters nationwide receive that recognition.

Catawba's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi was founded in May 1978 with the induction of 13 members. To date, close to 500 members have been inducted into the chapter. Sponsor for the Omicron Chapter is Dr. Bethany Sinnott, Chair of Catawba College's Department of English, while faculty advisors include Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, assistant professor of English, director of the Catawba's Freshman Seminar Program and assistant dean of the College, and Dr. Vandergriff-Avery.

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.