Alpha Chi inducts new members

Students look forward to opportunities within the society

By Allison Price
On November 15, 2013
Alpha Chi honor society Tuesday inducted 68 new members from all academic disciplines.
"I felt very honored to be inducted into this organization, and I can't wait to get to know all of the students and professors," junior Rachel Riggs said.  

Alpha Chi is just one of the honor societies on campus, Professor of Mathematics and Alpha Chi advisor Karl Havlak said. ASU got its first chapter of Alpha Chi in 1968. "My mother helps with Tarleton [State University's] chapter of Alpha Chi," Riggs said. "That was how I first heard about the organization and learned more about it."

Membership for the society is limited to juniors who rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class and seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class, Havlak said. 
"[When I first found out that I was being inducted], I felt like I was being appreciated for caring  about my grades," junior Cheyenne Jackson said.
Along with Jackson, junior Caitlin Bruns said she has her own personal goals for her  maintaining good grades.  

"Knowing that my grades are in the top of the university is extra motivation to [continue to do my best]," Bruns said.
Havlak said that different departments such as history and math have their own societies built for students studying those particular disciplines, but these two honor societies are open to all students.  

"I have been involved with Alpha Chi for the last 10 years, and I enjoy working with these students," he said. "I was personally inducted in Alpha Chi when I went to ASU in 1989."
Alpha Chi was first established in 1922 and now has 300 chapters throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, according to
In addition to Alpha Chi, ASU also has a Phi Kappa Phi chapter, which was announced last year, according to a press release. "We just did our first induction of Phi Kappa Phi last week and inducted 108 students," Havlak said. "Phi Kappa Phi is open to graduate students
as well. It offers more scholarships to students."
Havlak said every spring, he takes students to the national convention, which will be hosted in St. Louis this year, allowing the students to speak and learn.  

"Alpha Chi members can go to the conference and deliver a 10-minute presentation," Riggs said. "Going to the conference would be an awesome experience."
Jackson said she is looking forward to the national convention and is interested in other events Alpha Chi will participate in.
"[The national convention] seems like a great opportunity to make connections and really network," she said.

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