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SVC Alpha Lambda Delta Presented 'Order of the Torch Award'

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Posted: Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Nov. 12, 2013

Saint Vincent College’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for excellent academic achievement by students in their first year of study, was awarded the Order of the Torch Award on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Fred M. Rogers Center.

The award recognizes the most outstanding chapters in the nation based on numerous activities that the chapter organized throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. Membership into the Order of the Torch is awarded to chapters which have demonstrated excellence in the areas of programming, internal communications and campus visibility.

The presentation was made by Dr. Karen Amrhein of California University of Pennsylvania, national council member of Alpha Lambda Delta.

“Working with Alpha Lambda Delta students is a wonderful experience,” Amrhein said. “Working with young people who are motivated, high-achieving and eager to make a difference is a highlight of our positions in higher education. Saint Vincent College’s chapter submitted a Torch scrapbook again this past spring. In June 2013, at the National Council meeting in San Francisco, your chapter was chosen to receive The Order of the Torch award which makes this the fourth presentation of this prestigious award to your chapter. Only six chapters were selected to receive this award this year. You are amongst UCLA, University of Texas, Bowling Green State University, Dickinson College, Montana State University - Bozeman, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. A chapter can only win the Order of the Torch every four years. Therefore, a process was put into place so that Torch winners could be recognized for their continue excellence by awarding Maintaining the Flame.” Saint Vincent has won Maintaining the Flame three times in 1999, 2000, 2004. Saint Vincent College chapter is indeed a very special chapter to win the Order of the Torch and Maintaining the Flame a total of six honors over the last 15 years. This chapter’s members have also won scholarships from National Alpha Lambda Delta, including a Trow winner in 2001, a graduate winner in 2004 and most recently a Stemler winner in 2013. Also, Dean Alice Kaylor was recognized as the Outstanding Advisor of the Year for the 1997-98 school year. These are impressive accomplishments and a reflection of the caliber of student members and chapter advisors. Your members are not only focused on academic excellence, but also your ALD members have contributed their time and talent to help others in need. Whether through participating in a prom for nursing home residents or collecting school supplies for children, your students are doing what they can to make a difference. The members of the Saint Vincent ALD chapter have exhibited these qualities over and over again, previously winning the national recognition of the Order of the Torch on three occasions in 1998, 2003, and 2009.

The Saint Vincent Order of the Torch ceremony included an invocation by Fr. Rene M. Kollar, O.S.B., dean of the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts and an honorary member since 2009; welcome and introduction of 2013-2014 officers by Sarah Ank, president; initiation of honorary member Ms. Kelly King, director of service learning and campus outreach, by Rebecca McGrail, senior advisor; keynote address by King; chapter highlights and introduction of 2012-2013 officers by Amanda Slowey, junior advisor; and presentation of senior certificates by Alice J. Kaylor, dean of studies and administrative advisor, and Dr. John J. Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs.

Participating in the Order of the Torch ceremony were, front row, sitting left to right, Amanda Slowey, a senior music major from Bethel Park, junior advisor; Sarah Ank, a sophomore sociology major from Elizabeth, president; second row, standing: Rebecca McGrail, a senior environmental science major from Steubenville, Ohio, senior advisor; Aliethia Mcleod, a junior biology major from New York, NY (10036), junior advisor; Jennifer DeSalvo, a sophomore biology major from Pittsburgh (15205), treasurer; Sabrina Filkosky, a sophomore early childhood education major from Altoona, historian/editor; Sarah Fultz, a sophomore philosophy major from Wheeling, West Virginia, secretary; Dr. Amrhein, Alpha Lambda Delta National Council Member; third row, standing, Dean Alice Kaylor, Alpha Lambda Delta administrative advisor; Zachary Tackett, class of 2013 graduate; and Courtney Grondziowski, a sophomore psychology major from Crafton, vice president; and Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and Alpha Lambda Delta Advisor.


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