Last year's community service and hard work performed by members of Pi Sigma Alpha at East Central University has won the Rho Beta Chapter one of six Best Chapter national awards. Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. ECU's chapter received a check for $250 from the national organization which will be used for service projects throughout the year.

Chapters were judged on the basis of their activities during the 2005-06 school year. The Rho Beta Chapter had three major accomplishments.

In honor of Black History Month, Thomas Pack, last year's president, secured a grant that helped bring civil rights pioneer Clara Luper to Ada for a speech and banquet on Feb. 23. Mayor Donna York declared Feb. 23, 2006, as Clara Luper Day in Ada.

Phi Sigma Alpha also hosted its annual essay contest. Last year the topic was "The Importance of Leadership in Our Communities." In the high school division, the winner was Tessa Truett of Roff High School. Jason Carter won the ECU division, and Stephanie McCarty placed second.

The Week of Work in Hammond Heights was the big event of the year. Funded by a grant for $1,225 from the national Pi Sigma Alpha organization, it drew more than 100 people who worked between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from March 27-31. Other college groups such as the College Republicans, Young Democrats, Chi Omega sorority and Phi Kappa Tau fraternity also volunteered their time. ECU senior Raye Hall conducted an art camp at St. James Church in Hammond Heights.

Pi Sigma Alpha members now are planning an eventful year.

"We are looking forward to a great year with the essay contest, Week of Work, and the service weekend," said Virgil Barksdale, vice president of Pi Sigma Alpha.

"We are helping a community during Hammond Heights week of work," said Shiloh Renes, Phi Kappa Epsilon president. "We have been working with the community for three years now to make it a better place."

Students with 12 hours of political science classes and a 3.0 grade point average are eligible for the honor society. The Rho Beta chapter will initiate more than 20 new members during this school year.

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