Lyon College’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Collegiate Scholarship Honor Society holds its annual induction ceremony

Lyon College’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Collegiate Scholarship Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on Friday, October 25. Alpha Chi is a national honor society with over 300 college and university chapters. The society admits juniors and seniors of good character who are in the top 10% of their classes. At the ceremony, Lyon’s Alpha Chi chapter inducted seventeen new members.

Area residents joining the society include Caitlin Campbell, Anna Mickler, Kelby Newcomb, Taylor Sanders, and Alex Patrono-Smith. Caitlin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Campbell of Batesville and is a junior majoring in political science, Spanish, and pre-law. Anna is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mickler from Mountain View, and is a senior majoring in biology. Kelby is a junior majoring in English and Spanish and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Newcomb of Mountain View. Taylor, who is married to Brian Sanders of Batesville and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lelan Cox from Calico Rock, is a junior majoring in biology. Alex, a junior majoring in English, theater, and French and who now calls Batesville home, is the daughter of Mr. Gary Smith of Ballarat, Australia.

Others inducted included Ralynn Brann from Brinkley, a junior majoring in biology; Matthew Baltz from Pocahontas, a junior majoring in biology; Lindsey Chambers from Allen, TX, a junior majoring in art and elementary education; Jason DeMoulpied from Mountain Home, a junior majoring in mathematics and computer science; Kristen Elia from Chesterland, Ohio, a junior majoring in English; Jacob Haddock from Fort Smith, a junior majoring in chemistry and mathematics; Wesley Perkins from Jonesboro, a junior majoring in math; John Pope from Jonesboro, a senior majoring in math and computer science; Robbi Riggs from Conway, a junior majoring in accounting, political science, and pre-law; Madeline Roberts from Little Rock, a junior majoring in English; Zeb Schichtl from Conway, a junior majoring in mathematics and chemistry; and Hailey Simmons from Wylie, Texas, a senior majoring in psychology, history, and political science.

 

The induction ceremony was followed by a banquet in the newly constructed Edwards Commons building with almost 50 attending, including inductees and their families, current members, and faculty advisers. Highlights of the evening included a keynote address by the 2012-2013 Lyon College Professor of the Year, Dr. Monica Rodriguez, who spoke about how learning a new language can open doors of opportunity for students.

Members travel each year to regional and national conventions to present research and creative work and to compete for scholarships and fellowships. Lyon’s award-winning chapter was named the outstanding chapter in the nation for 2009-2011 when it was awarded the President’s Cup in March, 2011. Previously, the chapter had been awarded the President’s Cup in 2007. No other chapter has won the President’s Cup twice. Lyon members have won $35,000 in scholarships in the last 15 years and have published their award-winning work in Alpha Chi’s nationally circulated journal, The Recorder.