Photo: Seventeen of the 24 new members of the MVC chapter of Alpha Chi are joined by MVC President Bonnie Humphrey, Dr. Sharon Weiser, Dr. Christopher Libby, and the Rev. Pam Sebastian for an official photo.
Story by Chase Burgess
Missouri Valley College welcomed the Alpha Chi Missouri Sigma Chapter honors society with the completion of the chapter installation and member induction ceremony on Friday, Nov. 15. This is the first academic honors society on campus that is not restricted to a certain degree or area to study. MVC becomes the 403rd chapter inducted into the honors society, and will be a member of Region Four.
“This is a show-piece for education,” said MVC President Bonnie Humphrey. “It emphasizes the academic side of our campus.”
Dr. David Jones, associate dean of Faculty and professor of Psychology at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., presided over the chapter installation. Jones is part of the Alpha Chi national council. Jones went over the history of Alpha Chi and listed a few alumni of the honors society including news anchor Dan Rather and astronaut Clayton Anderson. Also in attendence was Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, executive director of Alpha Chi of Searcy, Arkansas.
The students who were present at the ceremony for the membership induction were: Tracy Bommer, Jiaqi Hu, Cecylee Lewis, Michael Marburger, Erika Martin, Edith Mends, Kelsey Mumm, Aryn Murray, Nana Nasir-Deen, Katelyn Olvera, Stefany Prindle, Nadia Quainoo, Twyla Reid, Alexis Sweet, Emily Vesser, Sheena White, and Sara Willis. Other members include Olivia Adkison, Kimberly Kipping, Christopher MacFadyen, Sarah Niemeier, Sidney Robertson, Meshack Rono, and Velimir Stefanovic.
To be eligible for this organization, a student must be a junior or senior and be in the top 10 percent of their class.
Dr. Christopher Libby, assistant professor of Religion and Philosophy, is Alpha Chi’s chapter sponsor. Libby said that they plan on doing both scholarly events and community service in the community and on campus.
“This is an indicator that the school is taking its academics seriously,” said Libby. “It enhances the school’s academic profile.”
“It’s nice to be one of the first of something new here at Valley,” said inductee Katelyn Olvera, a junior in Elementary Education from Marshall, Mo. She said it is good to see MVC expanding with new organizations such as Alpha Chi.
Attending the evening’s ceremony in the R. Wilson Brown Room were the family and friends of those being initiated into Alpha Chi.
“It’s nice to see all of her hard work being recognized and seeing it pay off. I’m a very proud mother,” said Janet Murray, mother of inductee Aryn Murray.
The inductees will be joining thousands of others as members of Alpha Chi. Alpha Chi’s colors are sapphire blue and emerald green. These colors represent victory and truth. The 2014 national convention will be held in St. Louis.