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Honor society names WMU chapter among top five

July 25, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta has earned the Order of the Torch, signifying its selection as one of the honor society's most outstanding chapters in the nation.

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta named WMU a 2006-07 Torch Award winner along with Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Morningside College, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of Texas at El Paso.

The honor goes to chapters that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of programming, internal communication and campus visibility. WMU's chapter, which is winning its first Torch Award, offers numerous leadership opportunities as well as scholarships. The group also is noted for its volunteer work in the community and on campus, including regularly assisting in staging the University's annual Career Fair.

Serving as chapter advisors are Dr. Keith Hearit, dean of the Lee Honors College, and Sue Oole, academic advisor for the honors college.

The most recent Torch Awards will be presented during a National Council celebration planned for the fall semester. In addition, the WMU chapter member deemed most responsible for the chapter's success will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the honor society's national leadership and programming workshop in Louisville, Ky., October 19-21.

Alpha Lambda Delta honors academic excellence during a student's first year at college. Invitation for membership is based on academic performance during the first semester. The co-educational organization has more than 250 chapters and has initiated some 700,000 students.

Its National Council has been presenting the Torch Award each academic year since 1989 to recognize the group's top chapters. Up to five chapters may be awarded the prize annually, and once selected to receive it, chapters must wait four years before they are eligible to win again.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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