Alpha Chi Students Shine at Convention
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society has been recognized for excellence, receiving the Star Chapter designation for the second year in a row.
Alpha Chi chapter sponsor Dr. Rebekah Crowe, assistant professor of history, and student members Sierra Bailey and Dania Martinez-Diaz attended the Alpha Chi national convention last week in Louisville, Ky. Both students presented at the convention and earned scholarship recognition for their work. A Wayland student has won a national award each year for the past three years.
Bailey, an English major, earned the prestigious Edwin W. Gaston, Jr., scholarship for undergraduate study for her paper Shakespeare’s Second Nature: Representations of Living Word and Early Modern Language Theories in Twelfth Night. Only two of these $3,000 scholarships are awarded each year.
Martinez-Diaz, a Spanish education major, won a Region I Chapter Scholarship for her poster presentation on the Day of the Dead: “They Move from Living with Us to Living in Us!”
To top it off, Wayland once again received the Star Chapter designation which is given to only 50 of the 300 Alpha Chi chapters each year. To earn the designation, Crowe explained that a chapter must hold at least one induction ceremony each year, have at least one student attend and present at the national convention, nominate a student for a national fellowship or scholarship, and sponsor at least one on-campus program in promotion of scholarship. The Wayland chapter co-hosted the Scholar’s Day activities on campus in conjunction with the admission office.
The Wayland chapter also participated in a national Alpha Chi book drive, collecting books that were given to the Kentucky children’s hospital network as part of a program that gives a book to each child who has a wellness check. In all, more than 700 books and $1,000 were donated to the program by Alpha Chi chapters.
Crowe said this year’s convention validated the work that Wayland Alpha Chi students have been doing for many years.
“With the award we received, students in our chapter have won at least one national award each year for three years in a row,” she said. “In the airport, I actually overheard another sponsor telling her student, ‘Man, that little school wins every year!’ Further proof that WBU Pioneers can hold their own academically against any other college/university students in the country.”