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Honor societies for first-year students announce new members, officers

RELEASED: May 18, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapters of the National Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies for first-year students announce that 280 students have accepted membership and were initiated April 24 during Honors Week at UW-Eau Claire.

Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma are national honor societies that encourage and recognize academic excellence among first-year students. Alpha Lambda Delta has more than 245 chapters throughout the nation and offers approximately $120,000 each year in scholarships and fellowships to its members. Phi Eta Sigma, the oldest and largest first-year student honor society, has more than 300 chapters and 900,000 members throughout the United States.

Membership in the honor societies is open to full-time freshmen who earn a GPA of at least 3.5 at a four-year college or university and are in the top 20 percent of their class.

UW-Eau Claire Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma chapter officers for the 2010-11 academic year are Brittany Wiest, Verona, president; Samantha Behling, Boyceville, vice president; Meghan Ryan, Fond du Lac, treasurer; Meghan Hanson, Hudson, secretary; Lisa LaBeau, Hudson, historian; and Naomi Bitter, Manitowoc, editor.

New Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honorary members also were recognized during the initiation ceremonies. New honorary members are Dr. Arlyn Anderson, assistant professor of communication and journalism; Dr. Robert Barth, associate professor of geography and anthropology; Dr. Angela Dalhoe, assistant professor of special education; Susan Sveda-Uncapher, associate lecturer of art & design; and Ingrid Ulstad, senior lecturer of accounting and finance.

A number of current and alumni members of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma also were recognized with awards at the Honors Banquet April 24.

Sarah Hemmy, Amherst Junction, Anne McCann, Elroy, David Thimmesch, Wauwatosa, and Kelly Todd, Madison, each received local Alpha Lambda Delta Joanne Trow undergraduate scholarships. Phi Eta Sigma also awarded four local undergraduate scholarships to Linda Zinn, Westby, Thimmesch, Stacey Epping, Waunakee, and McCann. These scholarships are presented to outstanding undergraduate student members of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma who represent the society's ideals of scholarship, service and integrity. Hemmy and McCann had their applications forwarded to the Alpha Lambda Delta national Trow scholarship competition. Zinn and Thimmesch had their applications forwarded to the National Phi Eta Sigma competition.

Rebecca Dufner, Rice Lake, received this year's Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma book award which recognizes an Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma senior with the highest cumulative GPA.

For more information about the Alpha Lambda Delta or Phi Eta Sigma honor societies for first-year students, visit the organizations' websites.

View new Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma initiates from UW-Eau Claire.

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