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Catawba College Students Present Papers at National Honor Society Convention

April 22, 2005

Category: Academics, Students


Two students from Catawba College’s Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor scholarship society, presented papers at that honor society’s national convention, held April 8 in St. Louis, Mo.

Catawba’s Chapter President, Senior Katharine Marie Phelps of Prince Frederick, Md., and Senior Jennie Brooks of Charlotte both made presentations.   Phelps’ was entitled “From Rosie to June: Propagandized Cultural Icons of the 1940s.”   Brooks presented “Principles of Music Business as Applied to Radio Broadcasting Industry.”   Also attending was one of the two faculty advisors of Catawba’s chapter, Dr. Marie Vandergriff-Avery, assistant professor and chair of sociology.

Also at the convention, Catawba’s Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi was recognized as a “Star Chapter” for the fifth year in a row.   Only 15 percent of all chapters nationwide receive that recognition.   Catawba’s chapter was also a finalist for the prestigious President’s Cup award.

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.