Friday, February 22, 2013

New Chapter of National Honor Society Alpha Lambda Delta Sees High Yield at University of New Orleans

More than 100 freshmen at the University of New Orleans were inducted Tuesday to a new chapter of a national first-year honor society that honors high-achieving students.

"It's exciting for these students because they get to be founding members of the UNO chapter, which is awesome," said Nicole Ralston, a student success counselor in the University's new Office of First Year Experience. "Not many people get to say they are a founding member of an honor society."

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national first-year honor society that recognizes high achieving students within the first semester or first year of college coursework. On Tuesday, 115 full-time first-year students who met the honor society's strenuous requirements of achieving a 3.5 GPA or rank among the top 20 percent of the freshmen class gathered in the University Center Ballroom to be inducted into the UNO chapter's first class under its new charter. On hand to celebrate were several hundred guests, including University President Peter J. Fos and Vice President of Enrollment Services Brett Kemker.

The University of New Orleans Alpha Lambda Delta chapter was first installed as the national honor society's 173rd chapter on November 18, 1971, Ralston said. At some point, the chapter became inactive and in fall, she spearheaded reactivation as part of ongoing efforts to expand recruitment, enrollment and student experience at UNO. Already the UNO chapter is rapidly gaining momentum.

Ralston said that 559 current first-year UNO students from the fall classes of 2011 and 2012 met the honor society's membership requirements and within weeks, 130 accepted membership into the honor society, a much higher percentage yield than that found at many universities, including Louisiana State University. 

The national chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is so pleased with the large number of acceptances at UNO that the honor society will soon publish an article in its national magazine, The Flame, she said.

New members of the University of New Orleans chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta will be considered the chapter's founding class and their names will appear on the founding document, which will hang in the Office of First Year Experience, Milneburg Hall, Room 159. Students who join the University of New Orleans Alpha Lambda Delta chapter by Monday, Feb. 25 will qualify as founding members and see their names on the charter, she said.

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