Grace College Alpha Chi Chapter Attends Regional Convention, Boasts Winners

Grace students and faculty sponsor at the opening banquet of the Alpha Chi Convention. Back row standing left to right: Emily Metcalf, Professor Joseph Lehmann, Hannah Harmsen. Seated left to right: Connor Park, Brittani Chilson, Abigail Dutcher, Valerie Munoz, Alysha Mroczka, Rebecca Roberts.

Grace College’s Alpha Chi, an honor’s society consisting of over 300 chapters across the U.S., recently returned from attending the super-regional convention in Baltimore, MD. Nine students went to the convention led by Joseph Lehmann, English professor at Grace and the chapter’s faculty sponsor.

Out of the six students that presented, two students—Rebecca Roberts and Emily Metcalf—were awarded prizes for the best presentation in their areas; Metcalf for art and Roberts for World History. Additionally, Hannah Harmsen won a fellowship from the Alpha Chi National Council for her research on acute intermittent porphyria, a type of blood disease.

Outside of awards, Alysha Mroczka was elected to a two-year term as student representative from Region V to the Alpha Chi National Convention, and Professor Lehmann was elected to a two-year term as President of the region.

“I was very impressed with my peers and their presentations! Each of the people on the trip had their own area of excellence and it was great to discover this,” said Metcalf of the experience. She added that, not only was the trip itself an enjoyable experience, but also that the opportunity to intermingle with students from other schools was priceless. “I enjoyed the convention because it provided opportunity to connect with other students from around the country, particularly those from other schools in our own region.”

Those who participated in this year’s presentations included:

Abby Dutcher, Education, “Data-Informed Instruction”

Hannah Harmsen, Health Science, “Confronting the Unknown: Acute Intermittent Porphyria”

Valerie Munoz, Education, “Elementary Teacher’s Attitudes Towards Cultural Diversity”

Connor Park, Creative Writing, “An Excerpt from Epiphany Brew”

Rebecca Roberts, World History, “Gender Roles and Social Upheaval in Stalinist Russia”

Emily Metcalf, Visual Arts, “Personal Relics”

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. The main purpose of the super-regional convention is to encourage academic excellence by providing an opportunity to present their scholarship to an audience of their peers.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The Seminary is conservative, evangelical, and has a rich tradition of sound biblical education that prepares men and women for both local and global church ministry. All of the institution’s academic, residential, athletic, and social priorities are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. Grace College also offers convenient and flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees and an on-campus or online degree completion program. The newest initiative—Grace College Weber School—is a highly-affordable, easily-accessible two-year degree program in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Grace 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.”  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

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