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ASU Honor Society National Award

June 26, 2013

Angelo State University’s Mu Gamma chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) international honor society for education has received a 2013 Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award from the KDP national organization for chapter activities during 2011-13.

Established in 1995, the ACE Award is the highest honor a KDP chapter can earn.  It recognizes KDP chapters that meet strict eligibility criteria and exhibit outstanding programming, such as initiation banquets, fundraising and community service projects, in support of KDP goals.  This is the second ACE Award for ASU’s Mu Gamma chapter, which was also honored in 2009.

“I am so very proud of all of us,” said Nelson Thomas, teacher education student and ASU chapter president.  “I would like to thank former and current members of the ACE Award Committee for their hard work.”

The KDP chapter at ASU has 142 active members, and the faculty adviser is Dr. Christine Purkiss, associate professor of teacher education.  Retired faculty member Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine was also a chapter adviser during the 2011-13 period covered by the award.

Recipients of the national ACE Awards will be recognized at KDP’s annual convocation in October in Dallas.  They will also be eligible for the Dr. Florence B. Stratemeyer Award for Chapter Excellence, the “Ace of ACEs” award, which will be presented at the convocation.

Established in 1911 at the University of Illinois, KDP strives to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.  Its name was chosen from the Greek words that represent knowledge, duty and power.  There are currently 600 KDP chapters with more than 40,000 members.  More information is available online at