170 CSUB Students Initiated into Alpha Chi Honor Society

The California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) Iota Chapter of the National College Honor Scholarship Society Alpha Chi (Alpha Chi) inducted 170 members in May 2015. Students in the Helen Louise Hawk Honors Program were also awarded Hawk Honors medals and Honors cords for their academic excellence.

Assisted by President Horace Mitchell; Dr. Steve Suter, Professor of Psychology; Dr. Anne Houtman, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Dr. Kathleen Knutzen, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, the ceremony commenced at 5:00 p.m. in the Doré Theatre on May 3, 2015.

The ceremony began with a welcome greeting from Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley, Director of the Helen Hawk Honors Program and sponsor of the Alpha Chi, California Iota Chapter. Dr. Suter gave the Honor’s Address before assisting Dr. Kegley in awarding 4-year Hawk Honors medals and 2-year Honors cords. After the distribution of medals and cords, 170 new members were initiated into Alpha Chi. President Mitchell received an Honorary Membership into Alpha Chi, which is awarded to one person yearly upon the recommendation and approval of Alpha Chi.  

Alpha Chi has over 300 nationally recognized chapters, inducting new members each year on campuses in 45 states. In good standing with the National Association of College Honor Societies, Alpha Chi is an inclusive group, which invites students from all academic disciplines across campuses. Alpha Chi is a distinct society in its characteristics of high membership standards, a long-standing emphasis on undergraduate research, student leadership and governance at all levels of the organization and a sustained commitment to coupling honor with service. The society grants lifetime membership, broadens student academic experiences and provides leadership and service opportunities to its members.

The Hawk Honors Program is a community of talented and motivated students. Since fall of 1980, CSUB has offered special honors classes for its best talented students. The program grew to a four-year program in 1998 when Mrs. Helen Hawk Windes, a local philanthropist, donated $1 million dollars in support of its activities. Approximately 300 students are currently enrolled in the program, which provides members classes with CSUB’s finest faculty members, scholarship support, social events, a special honors lounge and other unique educational opportunities. Students who complete all four years of the program receive special recognition.  

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