Alpha Chi National Convention 

4/9/2013 
Campus 

Alpha ChiThe Missour Delta chapter of Alpha Chi recently went to the Alpha Chi National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee where they were honored for numerous achievements.

  • Leigh Hildebrand '97 received the Alpha Chi 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and delivered a wonderful address to the 465 convention delegates.  As the chapter that nominated the winner of this award, Missouri Delta also received a $500 stipend.  Leigh is Westminster's second consecutive winner of this award, following Heather Triplett Biehl '89, who was the 2011 Alpha Chi Distinguished Alumna.
     
  • Jeannae Eckelkamp has won a $1500 Nolle Scholarship for her paper "Taking Destiny Into Their Own Hands:  A Look at Southern Women's Lives During the Civil War." Jeannae's paper was judged as one of the 12 best undergraduate papers in the country. She is Westminster's second winner of the Gaston/Nolle Scholarship.
     
  • Brad DiMariano has won a $2500 Benedict Fellowship for his paper "French Muslims or Muslim Frenchmen?  The Politics of Immigration and the Integration of Islam in France." Brad's paper was judged as one of the 12 best papers for students intending graduate study next year, and his fellowship will be applied to his graduate study. He is Westminster's second winner of the Sledge/Benedict Fellowship. This is also the first time that Westminster has had a winner in both the Gaston/Nolle and Sledge/Benedict competitions in the same year (each chapter is allowed one nomination in each category).
      
  • David Jones was elected by convention delegates to the Alpha Chi National Council as an at-large faculty member for the 2013-2017 term. This will be his second term on the National Council, Alpha Chi's governing body.
     
  • Missouri Delta received an award as a Star Chapter of Alpha Chi for the 11th time. Only 8.5% of Alpha Chi's more than 400 chapters received this award this year.

Eleven delegates from our chapter delivered a total of ten presentations at the convention. They are listed below:

  • Katy Braden and Misty Todd. Taste and Consumption of Food and its Effect on Glucose Levels.  Poster presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • Jeannae Eckelkamp. Taking Destiny into Their Own Hands: A Look at Southern Women's Lives During the American Civil War. Paper presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • Emily Grand. The Rise of Post-Revolutionary Fantasy Literature and its Cultural Influence on Young Readers. Paper presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • Anna Holyan. The Drone Presidency. Paper presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville TN.
       
  • Sarah Humphreys. The Most Hated Guys in the Room: Unethical Practices and Deregulation in American Big Business. Paper presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • Ben Jones. Neofunctionalism and Supranational Governance: A Deeper Europe. Paper presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • David Jones. Becoming a National Council Member:  Election and Duties. Chapter Strengthening Workshop presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • Josh Kling. Eclosion Site Preference in Species of 13-Year Periodic Cicadas. Poster presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • Mary Nestor. Effects of Sound and Scent Priming on Word Recall. Poster presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.
     
  • Andrew Robertson. A Journey Into Slam Poetry. Paper presented at the 2013 Alpha Chi National Convention, Nashville, TN.

Alpha Chi is a national honor society for undergraduate juniors and seniors in all academic disciplines. It was founded in 1922. The objectives of Alpha Chi are the stimulation, development, and recognition of scholarship and those elements of character that make scholarship effective for good. These objectives have been strengthened over the ninety years of Alpha Chi's existence. Membership is limited to the top 10% of seniors and the top 5% of juniors.