Student Chapter Wins National Award

Jul 20, 2020

Cal U's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is honored for activities in the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Cal U’s chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society was one of eight chapters nationwide to receive the organization’s Order of Torch Award for their activities during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta has over a million lifetime members and is present on over 280 campuses nationwide. 

The Order of Torch Award highlights excellence in programming, internal communications, campus visibility, and overall presentation. Cal U previously earned this accolade in 2011 and 2015. 

The Cal U chapter includes 260 students. Officers were Rebecca Glusco, president; Sara Strosnider, vice president; Emily Bard, secretary; Hannah Wyman, editor; Kendall Clevenger, historian and co-treasurer; Sharena Groover, social media chair and co-treasurer; Lizzy Sterling and Tori Gulnac, junior advisers; and John Bissontz and Paul Maclean, senior advisers. 

ALD chapters submit scrapbooks that describe their activities during the year, including meeting minutes, social media posts and pictures of other activities. 

View the winning scrapbook

Last fall, Cal U ALD members created "midterm bags" full of highlighters, gum, pencils, bubbles, and other studying materials, which society officers distributed to first-year orientation classes. 

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, ALD hosted a number of successful virtual information sessions during the spring semester for first-year students.  At their regular member meetings, live or online, speakers discussed career planning, internships and the importance of a professional social media profile. 

“Completing the scrapbook was a fun project,” said Clevenger, a junior majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in history. “I love doing design work within my means and PowerPoint provided a perfect outlet for the project. While I was the one who put the scrapbook together, filling its slides was a team effort by the 2019 executive board.  

“Since my induction into ALD in the spring of 2019, the value of joining has only increased and given me great experience with leadership positions in a college setting.” 

Dori Eichelberger, interim director of Academic Success Initiatives and Programming, and Rhonda Gifford, director of Cal U’s Career and Professional Development Center, are ALD’s co-advisers. 

“Working with the Alpha Lambda Delta students has been so exciting because the students who engage in the organization are gaining so much experience from their service projects and CAP activities,” Eichelberger said. 

“Our officers do their best to lead the group. Even with a pandemic that interrupted the academic year, our chapter was able to stay engaged and continue the important work of supporting student success.”