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ASU Alpha Chi Members Win Scholarships, Offices

April 20, 2010

Two members of Angelo State University’s chapter of the Alpha Chi national college honor society have been awarded scholarships by the national Alpha Chi organization.

Senior integrated professional accountancy major Lance Smith is one of only 10 Alpha Chi members nationwide to receive a H.Y. Benedict Fellowship that carries a $2,500 award to help pay for 2010-11 graduate studies. Junior English major Anna Hall is one of only 10 members to receive a $1,500 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year. The prizes were awarded for papers submitted for Alpha Chi’s national scholarship competition.

Additionally, several ASU Alpha Chi members and faculty adviser Dr. Karl Havlak were recognized at the society’s recent national convention in Little Rock.

English major Brittany Smith and biology major Whitney Kellermeier won $500 and $200 scholarships, respectively, for their presentations at the convention. Kellermeier was also elected as one of just seven student representatives on the Alpha Chi National Council for 2010-12. Havlak, who just finished a two-year term as president of Alpha Chi Region I, was elected Region I secretary/treasurer and to serve on the National Council for 2010-14.

The ASU chapter of Alpha Chi also earned a Star Award as one of the most active chapters in the nation for the sixth straight year.

Havlak has been ASU’s Alpha Chi faculty sponsor since 2000 and represents the College of Sciences. Faculty co-sponsors are Dr. Tom Bankston, College of Business; Dr. Ann Bullion-Mears, College of Education; Paul Osmanski, College of Nursing and Allied Health; and Dr. June Smith, College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Alpha Chi is a general honor society open to all students, regardless of their major field of study. It has more than 300 chapters and over 350,000 members nationwide, and is divided into seven regions, with ASU located in Region I. The ASU chapter of Alpha Chi inducts about 40 students each semester. To be eligible, students must rank in the top 10 percent of seniors or top 5 percent of juniors at their institution.