|April 20, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
Alpha Chi, California State University, Bakersfield's only all-campus honor society, will initiate new members in a candlelight ceremony on Sunday (April 24) in the Doré Theatre, where the featured speaker will be CSUB President Horace Mitchell. Faculty co-sponsor Jackie Kegley will help preside over the event, which will welcome more than 80 new members into the honorary organization, which requires a grade point average of 3.8 and above.
The ceremony comes on the heels of the CSUB Alpha Chi chapter’s attendance at the national conference of the Alpha Chi Honor Society held in St. Louis on April 7-9. Led by faculty sponsor Michael Flachmann, CSUB sent a team of five upper-division honors students, Blanca Anderson, Carol Register, John Kennedy, Randi Brummett, and Timothy Jayne, who presented papers respectively on child support, hydrology, homeland security, Shakespeare's friars, and principles of American education.
"Everyone did a fantastic job of representing our university," Flachmann said, "especially in a national conference spotlighting more than 600 of the very best students throughout America. I was so proud of them!"
The students agreed that the experience was extremely valuable. It was "a unique way to share California's concerns with the rest of the nation on a more intimate level," said Kennedy, who is currently serving an internship in Sacramento with Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield.
Anderson agreed: "I enjoyed talking with students who are dealing with the same issues I am."
For Jayne, "Networking with international students is one of the great benefits of Alpha Chi."
While at the National Conference, Flachmann learned that junior CSUB English major Jenny Holland had received one of Alpha Chi's coveted $1,500 Nolle Scholarships, which will help defray expenses for her final year of college. "It couldn't have happened to a nicer, more deserving person" said Flachmann, who is a member of Alpha Chi's National Governing Council. "She is a brilliant student, a real role model for all the rest of us."
Students interested in learning more about joining the Alpha Chi National Honor Society should contact Flachmann through the CSUB English Department at (661) 664-2144, or via the university honors program, which he chairs.
"CSUB Honors Society students in front of the Old Courthouse at the recent Alpha Chi National Convention in St. Louis (from left to right): Blanca Anderson, Carol Register, John Kennedy, faculty sponsor Michael Flachmann, Randi Brummett, and Timothy Jayne."