National Convention Calling for WBU Trio


Sierra Bailey in the library
Sierra Bailey is one of three Wayland students who have been selected as program presenters at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society annual convention in Louisville, KY, April 6-8. Emily Boardman and Dania Martinez-Diaz will also present.

SEARCY, Ark. – Sierra Bailey, Emily Boardman, and Dania Martinez-Diaz have been selected as program presenters during the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society annual convention in Louisville, KY, April 6-8, 2017.

This convention highlights student research and creative presentations from across the nation. Dr. John Janovy, Jr., noted scientist, author, and educator, will present the keynote address at the awards Gala Saturday evening. Dr. Ed Madden, award-winning poet and professor at the University of South Carolina, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

These students have been selected to present the following presentations:

  • Sierra Bailey – “Shakespeare’s Second Nature: Representations of Living Word and Early Modern Language Theories in Twelfth Night
  • Emily Boardman – “Eating Disorders: Symptoms and Possible Effects”
  • Dania Martinez-Diaz – “They Move from Living with Us, to Living in Us!”

Student presentations, grouped by academic discipline, are adjudicated by faculty advisors attending the convention, and 30 presentation prizes recognizing outstanding research and creative entries are awarded at the culminating session of the convention.

“Presenting at the annual convention offers a national platform for the original research and creativity of our members. Because we’re a general honor society, the projects may be in anything from accounting to zoology. Seeing their projects alongside those of their peers from around the country is a valuable academic experience, and their participation shines a positive spotlight on the student, their chapter, and their campus,” said Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, Alpha Chi Executive Director.

Dr. Rebekah Crowe is the official chapter sponsor at Wayland Baptist University. Alpha Chi chapter sponsors are instrumental in mentoring student members, including preparing them for presentation at a national convention.

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society invites to membership juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all disciplines in the top ten percent of their class. Active on nearly 300 campuses nationwide, Alpha Chi is a member in good standing of the Association of College Honor Societies, the only national accrediting body for honor societies. In February 2022, Alpha Chi will celebrate 100 years of “making scholarship effective for good.”