JANUARY 9, 2001
Contact: Mike Stepanovich - 661/664-2456 / mstepanovich@csub.edu

Chi Alpha Epsilon induction and chartering scheduled at CSUB

An induction and chartering ceremony is scheduled Thursday (Jan. 10) at California State University, Bakersfield for the charter members of the Beta Upsilon chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon, National Honor Society.

The Student Achievement, Academic and Retention (STAAR) Program at CSUB is sponsoring the ceremony for 20 CSUB students who will be inducted and recognized as the charter members of the Beta Upsilon chapter at CSUB. Four honorary inductees, including CSUB President Tomas Arciniega and Provost Jim George, will be inducted in recognition of their service and commitment to CSUB students, especially students of the STAAR Program.

A private induction ceremony is scheduled for the students from 10 a.m., to noon, with a reception open to the public from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Stockdale Room in the CSUB cafeteria.

Chi Alpha Epsilon was founded at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., near Philadelphia, in 1990 as a response to the increasing need to recognize the academic achievements of students in the university's academic development program. The purpose of Chi Alpha Epsilon is to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to CSUB through non-traditional criteria who utilize developmental education support services.

In addition Chi Alpha Epsilon promotes continued high academic standards, fosters increased communication among its members, honors the academic excellence of those students admitted to college via developmental program pathways, provides fellowship among students and faculty, and provides a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit the community.

Presiding over the ceremony will be the founder of Chi Alpha Epsilon, Elbert M. Saddler, a university psychologist and counseling coordinator for the academic development program at West Chester University.

The Beta Upsilon Chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon is one of two programs on the West Coast and the only one in California.

For more information, please call the STAAR program at (661) 664-2281.