University News
For Immediate Release: 
Apr 18 2002

Concord Students at Top of National Honor Society

Athens, W.Va. - One of three Concord College students won first place at the Region V Alpha Chi National Honor Society conference held at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky, March 22-23. This is the second consecutive year a student from Concord has won the regional competition. Last year at the national convention held in Savannah, Georgia, Billie Jean Crigger, from Raysal, West Virginia, won the Region V undergraduate scholarship of $1500 for her McNair project.

This year, Sarah Bennett, a Concord senior from Shady Spring, West Virginia, won the Region V graduate fellowship of $1000 for her presentation on the 1960’s author, Frederick Nietzsche.

Alpha Chi is a general honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines. The Alpha Chi National Honor Society was founded February 22, 1922, and has chapters on the campuses of more than 350 U.S. colleges and universities. The Concord chapter, West Virginia Beta, was the second chapter granted to a college in West Virginia and dates back to 1969. In the 33 years West Virginia Beta has been at Concord College, more than 500 Concord students have been inducted into Alpha Chi. Alpha Chi is distinctive in that it involves its members in all aspects of its operation: chapter officer leadership, student representation on the National Council, local chapter event planning, and presenting scholarly programs at regional and national conventions. Region V of Alpha Chi consists of 30 colleges and universities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Erin Thorn, a Concord junior from Elizabeth, West Virginia, was elected the Region V student representative to the Alpha Chi National Council held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., from April 10-13. There she took part in the functions of the council, such as planning the national conference, amending the Alpha Chi constitution, and selecting scholarship winners.

Ruschelle Smiroldo, a senior from Beaver, West Virginia, who serves as director of flood recovery in Raleigh County, gave a presentation at the Alpha Chi convention on the disaster recovery process.

Both Smiroldo and Bennett are being considered for the A.C. Benedict Graduate Fellowship of $2500, a national competition which will announce its winners in May.

Concord College President Jerry Beasley said, "All this confirms the College’s assertion that Concord students are well educated and compete very favorably with students from other colleges. Indeed, we are proud of their efforts."

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Concord College Notes: Keith Circle, a student in Concord College’s Communication Arts Department wrote this press release. His hometown is Athens, W.Va. His anticipated graduation date is August 2003.

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