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National Honor Society at Catawba College Inducts New Members

September 24, 2008

Category: Academics, Events, Students


Alpha Chi InductionCatawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, held an initiation ceremony for candidates Friday, Sept. 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the college's annual Family Weekend.

The organization's 2008-2009 president, senior Kenzie M. Brogden of Wilmington, N.C., officiated, assisted by faculty sponsor Dr. Bethany S. Sinnott, a professor of English, and faculty advisors Dr. Cynthia Osterhus, assistant professor of teacher education, and Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery, associate professor of sociology. Professor Paul E. Oakley, director of choral, vocal and sacred music studies, an associate professor of music, and the college organist, delivered the homily for the ceremony, "We Know What ... But Who?"

Candidates initiated into the organization include seniors Jill Rose Archambault of Glen Falls, N.Y.; Derek Wade Freeze of China Grove; Jessica Dawn Kitzmiller of Sandy Ridge; Alesha Spring Roseman of Salisbury; Shahin Soltan Mohammadi of Gothenburg, Sweden; and Caitlin Elizabeth Springs of Santa Clara, Calif. Juniors initiated include Jacqueline Renee Allen of Winston-Salem; Rebecca Leigh Chinnis of Charlotte; Andrea Elizabeth Clabaugh of York, Pa.; Leslie Michelle Denton of Salisbury; Kyle Brandon Ganow of State College, Pa.; Alyssa Lauren Halter of Hertford; Amanda Adele Lederer of Bradenton, Fla.; Cyle Andrew Petersen of Campbell River, British Columbia; Eric Stearns Schmehl of Shamong, N.J.; and Kristopher Watson of Voorhees, N.J.

Catawba's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi was founded in May 1978 with the induction of 13 members. To date, more than 550 members have been inducted. 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.


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