Nine East Central University students attended the Alpha Chi national college honor society’s 2010 super-regional convention in Little Rock, Ark.

All nine students made presentations and received meritorious awards for their efforts. Alpha Chi officers attending were Shae Parmer, Ada senior, president; Patrick Tadlock, Elmore City senior, vice president; Aleisha Brewer, Ada senior, secretary; and Jomain McKenzie, Clarendon, Jamaica, senior, public information officer.

Other attendees were Angela Marshall, junior from McAlester; Siedra Caleb, senior from Sulphur; Jessica Detherow, senior from Ada; Dianna Kriegh, senior from Stratford; and Angela Kalanowska, senior from Macedonia.

The three-day event, hosted by the Peabody Hotel, was themed Multiple Talents, Multiple Opportunities. Students were submerged in the cultural legacy, art and architecture of Little Rock and toured the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and Little Rock Central High School and museum.

They also heard the words of experience from Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the famed Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students involved in the turbulent desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

Dr. Christine Pappas, coordinator of political science, and Rebecca Gatz, instructor of mass communication, are Alpha Chi faculty advisers.