March 27, 2003
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield was represented by six students and one faculty sponsor at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society 2003 national convention in Washington, D.C., March 13-15.

The six students were: Jack Beckham, Randi Brummet (the CSUB chapter president), Christine Escalante, Timothy Jayne, John Kennedy, and Michael Kunz. CSUB English professor and Alpha Chi faculty sponsor Michael Flachmann also attended. At the convention, Flachmann was elected to the Alpha Chi National Council, which governs the activities of all 300 chapters in colleges and universities throughout the country.

More than 500 students and faculty from 111 Alpha Chi chapters attended the convention, which featured 222 student presentations. All six CSUB students presented papers as follows: Beckham, "Standing at the Cultural Crossroads: Gender Identity and Subversion of the Cultural Hegemony in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho;'" Brummett, "Bird Imagery in 'Measure for Measure;'" Escalante, "Creating a For-Profit Business to Fund a Non-Profit Organization;" Jayne, "Implementation of Art Education Curriculum in the Classroom;" Kennedy, "The Influence of the News Media and Public Sentiment with Regard to the Spanish American War;" and Kunz, "Value of Redevelopment: Relationships Between Income, Median Home Value, and Redevelopment."

Delegates also heard an address by the society's 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, David Clifford, M.D., attended chapter workshops and enjoyed sightseeing.

Alpha Chi students represent thetop10 percent of junior and senior college students from member institutions. At CSUB, junior students must have a 3.8 grade point average and seniors, a 3.7 GPA in order to be invited to join. Students accepted to membership participate in a candlelight initiation ceremony and receive special recognition at commencement ceremonies.