Alpha Chi Chapter Recognized at Regional Convention 

Academic News 

The Missouri Delta chapter of Alpha Chi once again wishes to recognize Westminster’s very best students and is proud to uphold Alpha Chi’s motto “making scholarship effective for good.”  The chapter membership includes the top 10% of the senior class and the top 5% of the junior class.

Convention Achievements
At the Alpha Chi Super-Regional Convention in Little Rock, the chapter achieved the following:

Aluma and current college trustee Heather Triplett Biehl ’89 was named the winner of Alpha Chi’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Ms. Biehl joined the Missouri Delta chapter of Alpha Chi in 1989 and presented her senior thesis in history at the 1989 Alpha Chi National Convention in New Orleans.  She served as a senior political analyst for the CIA, working on counter-terrorism issues from 1989-1999 and has continued to work on intelligence and counter-terrorism issues in her current role as Vie President of Intelligence Programs at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, MA.  Ms. Biehl will receive her award and be one of the featured speakers at the 2011 Alpha Chi National Convention in San Diego.

Shelly Rosenfelder won a $500 Alpha Chi Region IV scholarship for her paper entitled “Early America and the Constitution,” a paper written for her senior thesis history course under the supervision of Dr. Cinnamon Brown.  Shelly’s paper also earned her status as an alternate for Alpha Chi’s national Gaston/Nolle Scholarship.

Matthew Mueller and Susan Brownawell presented a project entitled “CSC Support IT Service Management System,” a project developed for Dr. Ed Mirielli’s practicum course. 

David Jones was elected President of Alpha Chi Region IV, which serves chapters in the Midwest and Great Plains areas.  Dr. Jones also served on the Alpha Chi National Council, on the Council’s Scholarship and Long Range Planning Committees, and as a session judge and presider.

Alpha Chi Region IV delegates selected the Missouri Delta chapter as the regional representative for next year’s President’s Cup competition to choose Alpha Chi’s most outstanding national chapter.  Region IV delegates also selected Westminster as the continent site of the 2012 Alpha Chi Region IV Convention in the event that another Super-Regional Convention will not be financially possible.

Finally, the Missouri Delta chapter received an award as a Star Chapter of Alpha Chi. Only 28 of Alpha Chi’s more than 300 chapters achieved that designation this year.

Chapter officers Lauren Brohammer and Thao Nguyen also attended the convention, which was headlined by a presentation by Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the “Little Rock Nine” who integrated Little Rock Central High School in the 1950’s, as well as a panel discussion of three former aides to President Clinton, administration officials Carol Rasco and Janis Kearney as well as longtime Clinton advisor Skip Rutherford, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

In addition to academic achievement, the chapter has also participated in a couple of service projects this year.  We continue to aid Fulton Head Start, and the chapter participated in Alpha Chi’s “Reading in the Rock” program, collecting books as part of a Alpha Chi’s national book drive, associated with Reading is Fundamental, for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  During the visit to Little Rock, the Westminster convention delegates had lunch with Westminster alum Mr. Dorsey Jackson ’65, who is currently the Chairman of the Board of Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  Convention delegates also heard feature speaker Carol Rasco, national head of the “Reading is Fundamental” program.

New Members
New members of Alpha Chi are: Ryan Adoor, Halimatou Bachir Abdou, Behailu Bekera, Kristin Brownawell, Graeme Cave, Jessica Contratto, Kathryn Crombie, Heather Hoertel, Eric Hunt, Hilda Ibriga, Stefanie Kavanagh, Jaclyn Muff, Jordan Pauluhn, Angela Schenewerk, Michael Tulley, Bill VanRonzelen, Brigitta Vieyra, Katie Wall, Keith Wickenhauser and David Wolfe.

They will join the current members of Alpha Chi: Lauren Brohammer – President, Matt Mueller – Vice-President, Thao Nguyen – Secretary, Susan Brownawell, Eyob Demeke, Sam Denehy, Matthew Greaves, Mat Heinrich, Shelly Rosenfelder, Colleen Rouggly, Brandon Schafer, Casey Turner, Grace Varghese, David Jones (Honorary member), and Gina Campagna (Alumni member)

Upcoming Events
On Tuesday, April 20, the Missouri Delta chapter will host the annual college honors dinner to recognize the top 10% of each academic class and winners of current and emeritus faculty awards.  The featured speaker this year is Westminster alum and former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court Chip Robertson.  Trustee Johnson Ho has generously financed the dinner.

The annual induction ceremony for new members will be held on Saturday, May 8 in the Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury.  Additional faculty and staff members will also be recognized for their mentoring of Alpha Chi students during that event.