Grace Inducts New Members to Alpha Chi Honor Society
In a candlelight ceremony at McClain Auditorium last month, the Grace College chapter of the Alpha Chi inducted 35 new junior and senior students into the honor society.
The student inductees pledged themselves to uphold the principles of Alpha Chi in character and service. Each student’s advisor then spoke a few words about how the student has achieved both academic and personal success, followed by the student signing himself or herself into the roll of Alpha Chi membership.
Darci Long, 2009 Chapter Secretary, gave the welcome and invocation. Professor Joesph Lehmann presented the students, and senior Sarah Rice closed the ceremony by presenting a paper on children of the industrial revolution, which won an award at the Alpha Chi convention.
Alpha Chi was founded in 1922 as a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those achieving such distinction. Its name derives from the intial letters of the Greek words alethia and character, meaning respectively truth and character. The motto of Alpha Chi is, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
The newly inducted members include: Katherine Aardsma, Nicole Barlow, Abby Birkey, Anthony Burkholder, Abigail Clements, Kellie Deutscher, Abigail Dutcher, Katherine Fillman, Noelle Fink, Margaret Gullman, Hannah Harmsen, Sarah Hess, Julene Holladay, Jenessa Jergensen, Kaili Johns, Amelia Landis, Megan McGarvey, Emily Metcalf, Alysha Mroczka, Connie Okupski, Zoe Rozsa, Alison Spahr, Sarah Stengel, Travis Stockton, Jana Vastbinder, and Jonathyn Zapf.
Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”