Huntington, Ind.—The Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi at Huntington University sent a large delegation to the Alpha Chi Super-Regional/National Convention in Little Rock, Ark., March 25-27. The theme for the convention is “Multiple Talents, Multiple Opportunities: Making Scholarship Effective for Good.”
Attending are senior Claire Bates, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; senior Jordan Binkerd, Huntington, Ind.; senior Jared Grandlienard, Bluffton, Ind.; junior Rob Hahn, Whitehouse, Ohio; senior Mandy Kent, Williams, Ind.; senior Caitlynn Lowe, Bedford, Ohio; senior Heath Pearson, Marion, Ind.; senior Cassie Screeton, Rochester, Ind.; and junior Ashley Upchurch, New Castle, Ind. They are accompanied by chapter sponsors Jean Michelson, HU’s RichLyn Library circulation coordinator, and Dr. Paul Michelson, HU professor of history.
Bates is presenting a paper on “Many Religions, One Ultimate Real? Evaluating Hicks Explanation of Religious Similarities and Differences.” Binkerd is presenting a paper on “Justice Taney and the Fate of the Nation: The Supreme Court and the Civil War.” Lowe is also presenting a paper on “Blind Man's Eye,” and Pearson is presenting on “White Privilege: A History of Whiteness and the Current Black Experience in a Post-Jim Crow America.” Bates and Pearson’s papers are also scholarship competition papers. Dr. Paul and Jean Michelson will also be serving as panel judges for disciplinary awards at the convention.
The Huntington University chapter will be receiving a Star Chapter award at the convention for its work in 2008-09. It is one of only four chapters out of Alpha Chi's 300-plus chapters to earn this award all 15 years it has been presented.
The chapter also held a book drive this year to raise money to buy 100 new children’s books for one of the Alpha Chi national projects, the Reading is Fundamental program, which is headquartered in Little Rock.
Huntington University’s Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society is limited to the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes. It is the highest academic honor on the university’s campus. Members are by elected by the faculty.