Roanoke College welcomed by pre-med honor society

SALEM, VA-Roanoke College's newest national honor society was formally installed during an April ceremony. Alpha Epsilon Delta is a health pre-professional honor society. Alpha Epsilon Delta is a health pre-professional honor society. Estelle Avner, executive director of the Bradley Free Clinic, will serve as keynote speaker for the ceremony.

AED is an honor society and service organization for students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine among others. Its objectives include encouraging excellence in pre-medical scholarship, cultivating an appreciation of the importance of undergraduate education in health careers, binding similarly interested students and community service.

Founded at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1926, there are now over 97,000 members representing 160 chapters at colleges and universities across the country. Two Roanoke students - Katie Blaney '11 and Nicholas Bonenfant '11, this year's president and vice president of Students Interested in Health Careers - traveled to the organization's annual convention in Tampa, Fla. this spring to help prepare for the chapter installation.

"Alpha Epsilon Delta is a wonderful addition to Roanoke's roster of honor societies," said Dr. Gregory Weiss, professor of sociology and chair of the AED petition committee. "It is a key recognition of the combination of the college's preparation of students interested in health careers and our classic liberal arts tradition. AED provides a terrific forum for our faculty and students interested in the health professions to interact together and to work on health-related community service projects."

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 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."

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Released: April 15, 2010
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