Clayton State University celebrated the success of the best of its first-year students in the ballroom of the Student Activity Center on Tuesday, Apr. 10, with the installation of a chapter of the national Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.
Dr. Glenda Earwood, executive director of Alpha Lambda Delta, installed the Clayton State chapter and oversaw the induction of the 50 students -- the charter members of the Clayton State chapter – by chapter advisors Marcia Bouyea-Hamlet and DeLandra Hunter.
The ceremony also saw the installation of the chapter officers: Terrence Dixon (Ellenwood), president; Alexandra Destin (Rex), vice president; Mary Tran (Riverdale), secretary; Priyani Patel (Jonesboro), treasurer; Tammy Spikes (Hampton), historian; Jonathan Anderson (McDonough), webmaster; and Todd Burke (Morrow), editor.
Under the direction of master of ceremonies Dr. Mark Daddona, associate vice president for Enrollment Management & Academic Success, the hour-long event also featured the installation of honorary members, headed by Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, who, in his remarks to the student inductees, recalled his own days as a first-year student at the University of Massachusetts.
Founded in the spring of 1924 at the University of Illinois by Dean Maria Leonard, Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year students. Today, Alpha Lambda Delta has more than 270 chapters throughout the United States and more than 850,000 students have been initiated into membership since the first chapter was started. Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full-time freshman students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better at a four-year college or university.
"Alpha Lambda Delta is a national society for freshmen which honors high academic achievement in the first year of college,” said Earwood in her presentation to the inductees. “The purpose of the organization as stated in the constitution is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.”
Along those lines, the Clayton State student inductees took the following pledge from Earwood…
I accept membership . . .
Into National Alpha Lambda Delta . . .
Understanding that in doing so . . .
I assume the responsibility. . .
Of continuing to maintain . . .
Its standards of service . . .
And of integrity.
I pledge to promote high scholarship. . .
And to use my education . . .
For the benefit of my community . . .
My nation . . .
And the world in which we live.
"Members of Alpha Lambda Delta, we are here to inform the new initiates concerning our organization and to ask them to take with us the pledge to make the best possible use of our education,” explained Hunter prior to the pledge. “The initials of our name stand for the Greek words allelois, lampadia, diadusousin, which stands for the motto `we shall pass our torches on, one to another.'
“The insignia of Alpha Lambda Delta represents a lighted candle. The golden base of our candle signifies honesty and integrity, which are the foundation on which we build; the shaft of our candle signifies strength and courage; and the light of our candle signifies truth and wisdom -- which can dispel ignorance and superstition, and give us the insight to live well in our time."
"Your education is the means by which you learn to recognize the wonders of science, to appreciate the beauty of great literature and art, to use well our own language, to learn the lessons of past history, to speak and read the languages of other peoples, to study the social and political forces of our world, and to discuss the thought and the philosophy of other ages,” added Bouyea-Hamlet. “Through these means you can evaluate the forces and standards of your generation and learn to live significantly."
Each student inductee was recognized individually on-stage by signing the chapter roll, and being presented with the Alpha Lambda Delta insignia and a certificate of their accomplishment as a charter member of the Clayton State chapter.
Clayton State’s first inductees in Alpha Lambda Delta are:
Omar Abdalla Stockbridge GA
Jonathan Bake Anderson McDonough GA
Joyce Andoh McDonough GA
Kaylene OliviaArthur Jonesboro GA
Shakeyla Blackwell Savannah GA
Todd M. Burke Jr. Morrow GA
Jacob Caldwell McDonough GA
Toren James Carr Peachtree City GA
Alexandra Sylvie Destin Rex GA
Terrence Ramone Dixon Ellenwood GA
Jameka Patrice Dixon Claxton GA
Lacey Dunn Fayetteville GA
Alicia Michelle Flowers East Point GA
Itzamar Garcia Griffin GA
Amelia Logan Harkleroad Newnan GA
Damoli Harris Southfield MI
Rachel Hohenstein-Higgins Jackson GA
Yasmeen Khan Stockbridge GA
Frankie Kirk Ellenwood GA
Tracye Elaine Lamar Ellenwood GA
Jessica Lovett Peachtree City GA
Nitou Makidi Decatur GA
Parvin Malcolm Forest Park GA
Ebony Desiree Miller Macon GA
Arielle Miller Decatur GA
Ashley Nicole Moore Conyers GA
Jessica Morris Peachtree City GA
Olivia Irene Murphy Peachtree City GA
Gregory John O'Brien Fayetteville GA
Priyani J. Patel Jonesboro GA
Emanuel Armstrong Peters College Park GA
Jose Alberto Polanco Fairburn GA
Sundee Proctor Stockbridge GA
Alex John Quisenberry, Jr. McDonough GA
Kayla Rebekah Rice McDonough GA
Sade Roberts Riverdale GA
Allison Lindsay Rutherford Jonesboro GA
Kensey Maggie Seidel Fayetteville GA
Maggie Shiffert Newnan GA
Tamara Marie Spikes Hampton GA
Kendra Sharnelle Stewart Morrow GA
Mary Tran Riverdale GA
Julia Yurievna Zorko Fayetteville GA
For more information about Clayton State’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year Students, visit the chapter’s website at www.clayton.edu/fyarc/alphalambdadelta or contact Bouyea-Hamlet at (678) 466-4081, or email@example.com.