Wayland inducts new members into active education honor society

PLAINVIEW - On most campuses, honor societies are formed to recognize students with outstanding academic achievement in a particular field or overall in their education pursuits. At Wayland Baptist University, the trend is no different.

Several honor societies at Wayland recognize outstanding students, but one has also distinguished itself by becoming the most active of such groups on campus.

Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for education students, inducted eight new members recently into a group that has become known for its service and activities even as a relatively new campus organization.

The Omega Upsilon chapter of KDP was chartered in April 2000, formed to help foster the ideals of the education profession. Members are expected to support the group's ideals of recognizing excellence in education, enhancing growth and leadership among members, foster discussion on educational issues, and promote the development and dissemination of worthy educational practices and ideas.

Members make up the top 10 percent of those studying in the field of education. But according to chapter president Sara Gowman of Plainview, the organization doesn't intend to honor new members and then fade away.

"Kappa Delta Pi really encourages service and reaching out to the community around us," Gowman said. "We hope that members will be able to see that they can make a difference in the community and not just join to get an honor cord."

Since its inception, the organization has planned several events at Wayland, including a children's book hunt around Easter time as part of a national KDP project for Reading Is Fun emphasis. Gowman said activities promoting reading are a key project for KDP and will likely be a regular part of their service lineup.

Last year, the group also did Operation Valentine, where they coordinated efforts for elementary school children to write letters to the elderly. The letters were then delivered to local nursing homes by KDP members. This fall, the organization took on a tutoring project at College Hill Elementary and Ash Sixth Grade in Plainview.

Such projects provide additional leadership and experience for future educators, says KDP sponsor Dr. Patricia Herman, professor of education at Wayland, by getting them into classrooms and schools to work with young people in a practical setting.

New inductees for KDP include Robin Marlar of Plainview, Crystal Holloway of Uvalde, Brandie Shaffner of Wichita Falls, George Guidry of Shallowater, Holly Hingst of Plainview, Heath Ferguson of Lamesa, Debra Woodrow of Sweetwater and Ashley Applewhite of Olney.