The University of Arkansas at Monticello chapter of Alpha Chi, the national collegiate honor society, is one of 25 chapters nationwide to receive Star Chapter status for 2010-11, according to Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English and UAM chapter sponsor.

The Star Chapter designation honors chapters for meeting several criteria, including sending a faculty sponsor and student member to the annual national or regional convention, having a student presenter at the convention program, having a national scholarship or fellowship nominee, sponsoring a campus program with an academic emphasis, registering new members, and filing the annual chapter report. The UAM chapter has received the Star Chapter designation for seven consecutive years.

“I’m very proud of our students for the hard work they put in to earn Star Chapter status,” said Stewart. “Alpha Chi has more than 300 chapters in every state as well as Puerto Rico, so to be one of a select few to earn this designation reflects positively, not only on the chapter, but on the institution as well.”

One of the highlights of the past year for the UAM chapter was the selection of Joseph Lockwood of Stuttgart to receive the Pryor Fellowship at the Alpha Chi national convention in San Diego. Pryor, who graduated in May, is the first UAM student to win the prestigious award.

“Students like Joseph represent the best UAM has to offer,” said Stewart. “We have always regarded our Alpha Chi students as the best and the brightest and we were thrilled that one of our own was honored nationally.”

Alpha Chi was founded in 1922 and includes students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of a university’s juniors, seniors, and graduate students. For more information, contact Stewart at (870) 460-1878.