The East Central University chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society was recently named a Star Chapter for the 2011-12 academic year.
Alpha Chi is comprised of the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors at ECU. In addition to individual standards, Alpha Chi members must meet group requirements to be recognized as a Star Chapter.
Among the requirements for becoming a Star Chapter, groups must send at least one sponsor and one student member to the annual convention and at least one of those students must present research during the event.
ECU Alpha Chi President Blake Scott, a senior biology major from Newcastle, says he has benefited greatly from Alpha Chi.
“The opportunity to serve with Alpha Chi has been a rich experience. This organization has allowed me to present my research at the national level and has allowed many other students the same,” said Scott. “Alpha Chi has fostered in me a greater sense of academic responsibility and curiosity.”
After graduation, Scott will enter the John Hopkins School of Medicine.
Twelve students from ECU’s Alpha Chi chapter attended the national convention in Nashville in early April and presented a research project.
The 12 delegates from the ECU Alpha Chi chapter included Angele Tull, a senior psychology major from Ada; Tamra Albritton, a senior legal studies major from Ada; Brandy Baldwin, a junior history major from Wynnewood; Krishna Bhattarai, a senior biology major from Ada; Ashley Cardwell, a senior math major from Mustang; Nikki Dickerson, a senior biology major from Mustang; Meagon Eagon, a junior legal studies major from Ada; Sarah Nelson, a junior legal studies major from Tahlequah; Josh Smith, a senior chemistry major from Ada; Cody Soden, a senior psychology major from Ada; Jessica Steudeman, a senior biology major from Ada; and Tim Steudeman, a junior biology major from Ada.
The 12 students made 11 separate paper and poster presentations. The Alpha Chi National Conventions provides a high-profile outlet for growing the number of undergraduate research projects being conducted on campus.
On March 28, the ECU chapter initiated 84 new members into Alpha Chi, which brings the current membership on campus to 294.
“Alpha Chi provides students with opportunities for research, leadership and service,” said ECU Alpha Chi Chapter Advisor Dr. Christine Pappas. “I really appreciate getting to know students in every major and to help them achieve their goals.”
Here are the 84 new inductees into the ECU chapter of Alpha Chi by hometown:
ADA - Robert Biles, Teresa Buretta, Zachariah Champagne, George Clay, Jennifer Cody, Mary Cox, Jimmy Gambol, Robel Gebreamlak, Chad Gray, Niran Hadad, Heidi Harkins, Taylor Manuel, Janelle Martin, Jessica McKennell, Ronnie Miller, Julia Morgan, Kaitlyn Quinlan, Kayla Ronning, Amanda Scott, KaCee Thompson, Teresa Thornhill, Megan Van Eaton, Erin Walling, Courtney Wright, Kaycie Young, Summer Zah
ARDMORE – Jordan Anderson, Glenda Brown, Aubrie Lehman, Charlotte May
ASHER – Ronald Allen
ATOKA – Susan Anderson, Amanda Hall
BLANCHARD – Porsha Courtney
BRAGGS – Garrett Kizzia
BRISTOW – Hannah Weigant
CADDO – David McMichael
CANADIAN – Brandi Taber
COALGATE – Wesley Eddings, Herschel Weathers
COLEMAN – Becky Floyd
DURANT – Amanda Gomes, Kaley Hughes
ELMORE CITY – Haley Dena, Maranda Weaver
FOSTER – Angela Johnson
GLENPOOL – Michael Cain
HOLDENVILLE – David Clark
HUGO – Danielle Cory
LEBANON – Candice Grant
MACOMB – Andrew Weiss
MADILL – Daren Ellis
MARIETTA – Paula Davis
MAUD – Krysten Isenhower
McALESTER – Nikoloas Razo
NOBLE – Megan Hart
NORMAN – Kaylee Thompson
OKMULGEE – Bailey Cusher
PAOLI – Kelsey Mantooth
PAULS VALLEY – Casey Fowler
POTEAU – Evan Clay
ROFF – Rachel Royal
SALLISAW – Kendall Dobbs
SASAKWA – Jennifer Allison, Linda Choate
SEMINOLE – Courtney Ackerman, Samuel Ackerman, Janis Hart, Abigail Hobbs, Kristin Sneed
SHAWNEE – Pamela Creel, Noah Hahn, Helen Harrison
STRATFORD – Chloe Henry, Cassandra Taylor
SULPHUR – Grant Bates
TECUMSEH – Jeffrey Doherty
TISHOMINGO – Allison Leonard
WETUMKA – Andrew Reeves
WEWOKA – Deana Casey
WILBURTON – Melonie Jackson
AURORA – Cady Murphy
HOUSTON – Alycea Price
IRVING – Dipa Makaju-Shrestha