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Honor society recognizes Roanoke chapter for growth, awards scholarship to Roanoke junior

  • Honor society recognizes Roanoke chapter for growth, awards scholarship to Roanoke junior

  • 08/15/13
  • SALEM - A Roanoke College academic honor society is growing rapidly, while one of its student members has landed a national scholarship.

    The Roanoke chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta recently won the Delta Gold award from the society's national organization.  It was recognized for having an 80 percent rise in its membership in the past year. The chapter inducted 83 new students this spring, for a total of 150.

    Alpha Lambda Delta accepts first year college students who have at least a 3.5 grade point average and are ranked in the top 20 percent of their class.

    The Roanoke chapter has been on a growth spurt for the past four years. According to Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, an associate biology professor at Roanoke and Alpha Lambda Delta's chapter advisor, the number of students eligible for this society at the College has been constant.

    But this year, Roanoke members have encouraged more students to join and participate in the chapter. Social and philanthropic events have also driven new member involvement and Alpha Lambda Delta awareness, Poli said.

    Rebecca Siar '15, former president of Roanoke's chapter, has helped to boost the honor society's member numbers. She organized multiple social and philanthropic events, including a campus-wide picnic that introduced potential members to Alpha Lambda Delta.  

    Siar also created an upperclassmen council to motivate and mentor new chapter inductees. This fall, members will vote on these new student council members.

    Recently, Siar received Alpha Lambda Delta's Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship. She is one of 20 students nationwide to receive this $1,000 scholarship, and she is the only recipient in Roanoke's history.  

    Siar, of Roanoke, Va., is a member of the College's Honors Program, Students interested in Health Careers (SIHC) and Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS). She also is vice president for Relay for Life and president of the student leadership team for Roanoke's Catholic Campus Ministry.

    Siar is a biochemistry major, and she plans to attend pharmaceutical school.

    The Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship began in 1988 to honor Trow, an active advocate of this honor society who held positions as district advisor, secretary, president-elect and national president. Selection is based on academic records, participation in Alpha Lambda Delta activities, applicants' statements and campus and community activities.

    Established at the University of Illinois in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It has had a Roanoke chapter since 1977.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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