Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and long-time faculty sponsor of the UAM chapter of Alpha Chi national collegiate honor society, was honored along with 44 other chapter sponsors at the Alpha Chi national convention in Nashville April 4-6.
Stewart has served as the UAM faculty sponsor for Alpha Chi for the past 17 years. Under her leadership, the UAM chapter has received Star Chapter status eight consecutive years. 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.
Stewart’s honor included a gold service pin presented to faculty sponsors with 15 to 19 years service to the organization.
“Dr. Stewart is committed and dedicated to the success of Alpha Chi on our campus,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “Her leadership role as sponsor and advisor has led to the continuing recognition of our chapter as a Star Chapter. I certainly appreciate all she does for our students.”
Stewart joined the UAM faculty in 1988. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a Ph.D., all from the University of Mississippi.
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 and seniors. UAM’s chapter was founded in 1956.