Beta Beta chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma

The Beta Beta Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma at Wayland Baptist University was recently reestablished Fall of 2010. We are expecting our first induction of members the Spring of 2011.  The chapter has a rich history here at Wayland, previously at helm of the chapter was Mrs. Christa Smith, who is still a member of Alpha Mu Gamma.  The current sponsor for the Beta Beta chapter is Dr. Joshua Mora.

Alpha Mu Gamma is the first and largest national collegiate foreign language honor society of the United States. It was established on April 29, 1931 at Los Angeles City College by five members of the College foreign language faculty. These five members recognized the need for a society to honor achievement in all foreign languages at an early stage in the student's career. The interest shown by the other colleges and universities inspired an almost immediate expansion into a national organization. More than 307 chapters exist in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Chapters are found both in state and private universities, four years as well as two years colleges. The Society has grown so large because it honors excellence in ALL languages so that it encompasses all foreign groups.

Alpha Mu Gamma has as its primary purpose the honoring of students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study in college. However, students may be admitted at any stage in their college careers. Upon initiation a member receives a parchment certificate of membership and may wear the scroll-shaped gold key or pin.

Activities of the Society are: 1) the publication of the quarterly Newsletter; 2) biennial national conventions; 3) regional conferences at which students are able to meet others who share their interest in foreign languages; 4) chapter meetings and special chapter activities of every sort; 5) the sponsorship of National Foreign Language Week; 6) distribution of its posters each year in celebration of the Week; and 7) the annual awarding of five scholarships.

On the national level, Alpha Mu Gamma sponsors "National Foreign Language Week" the first full week of March of every year. A poster celebrating this event is published every year and can be ordered from the National Office. This Week has been endorsed by each President of the United States since its declaration by President Eisenhower in 1957.

Alpha Mu Gamma National Office is located in the Foreign Language and Humanities department of Los Angeles City College, California.

National Office