Roanoke professor receives national honor society award

Salem - This year, a national honor society highlighted a Roanoke professor for her work with the College's student chapter.

Dr. Julie Maina, an associate professor in Roanoke's health and human performance department, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

Maina, who has been a sponsor of Roanoke's Alpha Chi chapter since 2010, is one of seven collegiate sponsors who received this award, which recognizes influential service on college campuses. The award winners are nominated by region.

Since 1996, Roanoke's Alpha Chi chapter has received 15 Star Chapter awards, which are given annually to campus groups that meet several criteria. The requirements include attendance at an Alpha Chi regional/national convention by a chapter sponsor and student delegate, a student presentation at the convention and chapter sponsorship of a scholarly campus program during the academic year.

At Roanoke, Maina is in charge of Alpha Chi induction ceremonies, reviewing society-related scholarships and working with students who attend its annual national convention. Alpha Chi students showcase research and proposals about a study within their major at the national convention.

"I enjoy watching the students grow while applying for their scholarships and competing with other students in their major," said Maina, who came to Roanoke in 2005. "They're competing with the top 10 percent of other college students. It's very competitive."

Roanoke's Alpha Chi members also are involved in community service projects, such as collecting books for underprivileged students in inner city schools. 

Alpha Chi has more than 300 active chapters at colleges across the country. Its student members are juniors and seniors whose grade point averages rank in the top 10 percent of their class.

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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Released: August 16, 2013
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