The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Zeta Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society reently inducted 17 new members during a recognition ceremony on the UAM campus.

New members include Grace A. Adams, business management major; Abbey Austin, psychology major; Alondra Cruz, nursing major; Brett Michael Cunningham, natural resources-forestry major; Alexia Gurnsey, biology major and biochemistry major; Kellye Hooks, nursing major; Ally Huitt, biology major and biochemistry major; Harleigh Livingston, psychology major; Jaxen Reese Morphis, mathematics-data science major; Angel Quiroga, criminal justice major; Ty Say, biology major and biochemistry major; Devyn Simpson, nursing major; Noah Lee Smith, mathematics-data science major; Samantha Stephens, mathematics major; Gabriel L. Wade, music-jazz major; Rylan White, business major; and Cade Wilkerson, biology major and biochemistry major.

Alpha Chi National Honor Society was founded on February 22, 1922, as an organization designed specially to recognize scholarship and character. UAM’s Zeta Chapter was constituted on April 27, 1956.

Alpha Chi “is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only accreditation association for university honor societies” and only invites the top ten percent of eligible college juniors, seniors and graduate students to join, according to Alpha Chi statement on its website. Alpha Chi promotes student creativity and research, excellence and service in action, personal growth through diversity, equipping compassionate listeners and leaders, academic and professional mentoring and making scholarship effective for good.

Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English and director of the MA English program at UAM, and Dr. Carol Strong, professor of political science at UAM, serve as faculty advisors for the Zeta Chapter. Dr. Stewart is also an at-large member of Alpha Chi National Council and serves as the secretary-treasurer for Region II.

“This society, as an organization, is composed of the best student intellectual life at this institution,” Stewart told inductees at the ceremony. “Membership in this society is the highest academic honor to be achieved on this campus, and the spirit of scholarship at UAM will be enhanced and deepened through you as its official representatives.”