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National Honor Society at Catawba College Inducts New Members

October 27, 2011

Category: Academics, Events, Students


InductionCatawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, held an initiation ceremony for candidates on October 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the college's annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.

The organization's 2011-2012 president, senior Joshua L. Owens of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., officiated, assisted by acting faculty sponsor Professor Julia Hayes and faculty advisors Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery, chair and associate professor of sociology, and Dr. Barry Sang, dean of Catawba's Shuford School of Performing Arts and professor of religion. Dr. Sue Calcagni, assistant professor of biology and environmental science, delivered the homily for the ceremony, "No Cats Were Harmed in The Making of This Homily." Alpha Chi President Joshua Owens delivered the invocation while Sarah Robinson of Cartersville, Va., brought words of greeting and introduction.

Candidates initiated into the organization include seniors Amanda Joyce Carter of Sanford; Jubilee Ann Meehan of Kannapolis; Lisa Pearl Pilcher of Yadkinville; Alyssa and Darlene Retundie of Mooresville. Junior inductees include Amelia Danielle Baity of Hamptonville; Kylie Ann Beinke of Cary; Gabriella Jean Bressi of Villanova, Pa.; Meredith Madr'e Brown of Troutman; Jodye Shae Carroll of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Joshua Ray Cummings of Faith; Elizabeth Grace Davis of East Bend; Christina Cherrie Faircloth of Belmont; Hannah Rebecca Fisher of China Grove; Ashley Gail Freeze of China Grove; Katherine Rae Higgins of Durham; Jaclyn Mirisa Lawrence of Waxhaw; Ivory Taylor May of China Grove; Maura Lee Pantone of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Blake Richey Rushing of Indian Trail; Dustin Stuart Shelton of Kannapolis; Lindsay McCarn Smith of Salisbury; and Elizabeth Jane White of Salisbury.

Catawba's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi was founded in May 1978 with the induction of 13 members. To date, more than 600 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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