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Alpha Lambda chapter earns gold, bronze awards

September 11, 2014

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year College Students has awarded the Stephens College chapter of Alpha Lambda a Delta Award at the Gold level for the chapter’s significant growth last school year.

In the 2013-14 academic year, the Stephens chapter initiated 69 new members, up 306 percent from the previous year.

“The growth of this honor society demonstrates that more academically talented students are drawn to your campus and that the successful transition of these students from high school to college has been supported by faculty and staff,” said Glenda Earwood, executive director of the national council.

She noted that the recognition of those academically talented first-year students “could not occur without the help of outstanding local chapter advisers led by Laura Flacks-Narrol,” an assistant professor in the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication.

Additionally, the Stephens chapter received an Alpha Award at the Bronze level honoring the increase in the number of students the chapter invited into the honor’s society.

“I was amazed at the wonderful support for our organization,” Flacks-Narrol said. “It just shows that Stephens women achieved the honor in mass, which shows how driven and determined they are. Our students crave involvement and took an organization that had lacked direction and made it into a very vibrant entity. I point to the student leaders as well that have helped to make this happen. This year we have a full leadership team, are going to national conference and have several events planned for first semester. It is fun to be part of a group with so much enthusiasm and drive. It is my privilege to advise them and help them grow.”

Only first-year students are invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois. Once a member, students remain in the group throughout their college careers as long as they maintain excellent grades.

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