The Hood College chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society won the prestigious Order of the Torch Award in August for its activities during the 2014-15 academic year. This award highlights excellence in programming, internal communications, campus visibility and overall presentation of their application.
Hood’s successful chapter was involved in events that benefited Sophie and Madigan’s Playground, A Million Thanks Organization, Samaritan’s Purse, the Ronald McDonald House, Autism Speaks and Goodwill Industries.
“It’s an honor that these students were recognized for their hard work and dedication in service to others,” said Christine Malone, Hood’s chapter adviser.
Molly Masterson ’17 led the organization as president of the chapter during 2014-15.
“My time serving as president of Hood´s chapter was an amazing experience,” she said. “I was able to work with an outstanding group of my peers and a fantastic executive board. Together we were able to serve our community both in Frederick and at Hood. I´m so honored that our hard work was recognized by the national chapter and proud to say that I was able to lead our members through another year at Hood College.”
In October Logan Samuels ’17, the chapter’s secretary, was part of a panel presentation at the National Leadership Workshop in Orlando, Fla., where she presented a scrapbook of Hood’s work to other Alpha Lambda Delta chapters.
According to Malone, Hood’s chapter is fairly small with only 35 active members. The chapter is also fairly new, installed in March 2009.
“I think [the award] helps us recognize that even though we are a small chapter, these awards are still able to be achieved,” said Malone. “I think it will help us continue to be motivated to win the awards again and to strive in doing projects that honor service to others.”
This year the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta recognized nine chapters across the nation: California University of Pennsylvania, Hood College, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Morningside College, Otterbein University, University of New Haven, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas-Pan American and Western Michigan University.
“We sincerely appreciate the work it takes to achieve the Torch award,” said Eileen Merberg, executive director of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. “The students from these winning institutions demonstrated high quality programming, outstanding communication across campus and in their communities and overall excellence. It is truly impressive what the winning chapters were able to accomplish this past year.”
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes students’ academic success during their first year at a college or university. Its mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”