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New Freshman Honor Society Inducts 113 Students for Academic Excellence

November 12, 2015

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Alpha Lamda Delta Installation and InductionPhoto (left to right): Karlea Brunelle-Joiner, assistant dean of students, Dr. Joseph Horton, vice president of student affairs, Courtney Pelletier '18, Christine Balquist '17, Smriti Hoda '16, Jessica Galiczewski '16, Sybille Légitime '18, Dr. Kathy Beardsley (ALD Installation Officer), Felicia McKinnon '16, Jessica Bacon '18, Ashley Robichaud ‘18, Mikayla St. Pierre '18, Anne Harrington, assistant dean of sophomores, Br. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B., vice president of academic affairs, and Christine Gustafson, associate dean for faculty.

The installation and first induction of the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) National Academic Honor Society for Freshmen took place on Oct. 26 where 113 students were inducted into the society for achieving academic excellence in their first year of study in higher education. As this was the official installation of the society, students from the classes of 2018, 2017, and 2016 were invited to join this charter chapter.

Students must have been enrolled in four classes/16 credits and have obtained a 3.5 grade point average following their first semester or first year of full-time study as a freshman. Induction into the national chapter allows students to compete for scholarships and graduate fellowships.

Installation of Freshman Honor Society"The ideals of ALD are a nice fit with the mission of a Benedictine college," said Karlea Brunelle-Joiner, assistant dean of students. "The pillars of the society are educational excellence inside and outside of the classroom, fostering intellectual curiosity, the importance of encouraging service to others and the importance of developing leaders of integrity.

"The purpose of the Alpha Lambda Delta is 'to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year, to promote intelligent living and a continued standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society,'" she said.

Bro. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B., vice president of academic affairs, gave the ceremony's invocation and benediction. Dr. Joseph M. Horton, vice president of student affairs, gave the welcome address, and former National Council Board Member, Dr. Kathy Beardsley, alongside chapter advisors and Alpha Lambda Delta Officers, initiated charter members.

In addition to inducting members, the Saint Anselm chapter of the society was installed at the ceremony. Saint Anselm College is the first college in New Hampshire and the second Benedictine college in the country, alongside Saint Vincent College, to establish an Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter. 

After arriving at Saint Anselm in 2014, Dr. Joiner started discussions about bringing a chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta to the college. With enough interest from students and support from Deans Anne Harrington and Christine Gustafson, Saint Anselm submitted a petition to the National Alpha Lambda Delta and was invited to join this past summer. 

Upon installing Saint Anselm's College charter chapter, Dr. Beardsley said at the ceremony, "The aims of our society are to promote higher standards of living and learning among college students; to encourage high academic attainment among freshman; to create a growing love for study."

Alpha Lambda Delta was founded at the University of Illinois in 1924. The society offers numerous programs to support educational pursuits and leadership developmentin the form of national workshops, program scholarships for undergraduates and fellowships for graduate and professional study.

Written by Rosemary Lausier '16

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