Alpha Lambda Delta chapter wins national award

SALEM, Va. - The Roanoke College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta has won a 2010 Delta Bronze award from the national ALD organization. The award was conferred on the chapter in recognition of a 12% increase in the size of its membership from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010.

First-year students who earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average or who are in the top 20 percent of their class are eligible for membership in the ALD honor society. The national organization was established at the University of Illinois in 1924 and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Roanoke has sponsored an ALD chapter since 1977, and members may attend national ALD leadership workshops and apply for ALD academic scholarships.

"Working with the top first year students at Roanoke College is always a great honor," Dr. Dorothybelle Poli, assistant professor of biology and faculty ALD sponsor says. "Seeing this number continue to grow means that excellent students around the country and the world are noticing what Roanoke College has to offer. We are privileged to have them here and I look forward to meeting the others that join our family."

Glenda Earwood, executive director of the national organization, calls the Roanoke chapter's growth "a significant accomplishment" in light of the current economy.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a stunning undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast" and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges" list.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: September 9, 2010
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