The Stephens College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta has been awarded an Alpha Award at the Bronze Level, which recognizes the local group for a high initiation rate.
During the 2012-13 school year, the local chapter initiated 74 percent of students invited to join the group.
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.
At Stephens, membership is open to the top 10 percent of the freshmen class, meaning most inductees had a perfect or near-perfect 4.0 grade point average, said Meredith Jacob, outgoing president. Stephens members participate in community events, but mostly encourage one another to continue earning high marks, Jacob said.
Glenda Earwood, executive director of Alpha Lambda Delta’s national headquarters, praised Stephens for having an “outstanding chapter.”
“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,” Earwood wrote in a letter to Stephens President Dianne Lynch.
“We’re thrilled to see the Alpha Lambda Delta chapter and our high achieving students recognized with this honor,” Lynch said.
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