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May 6, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Students Recognized at National Alpha Chi Convention

Members of The University of Texas at Tyler’s Texas Alpha Xi Chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society attended the 2009 Alpha Chi National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., where they presented papers.

Student participants, listed by hometown, were:

ATHENS – Brittany Pierce.

HALLSVILLE – Andrea Goodwin.

JACKSONVILLE – Stacey Alexander.

LONGVIEW – Brad Quillin.

PEARLAND – Kayla Shannon.

TYLER – Abigail Green.

KANSAS – Jack Adams.

GAMBIA – Malick Bittaye.

Alexander, the 2009-10 chapter president, served as the Region II Alpha Chi National Council’s student delegate.

University faculty sponsors, Dr. James Koukl, associate professor of biology; and Suzanne Pundt, senior lecturer in biology, served as presentation judges in the health science and chemistry categories, respectively. Pundt, the primary sponsor, also is a National Council of Alpha Chi member.

During its campus book drive, UT Tyler’s Texas Alpha Xi Chapter donated over 20 pounds of children’s books to contribute to the convention’s “LITERACY” theme.

Alpha Chi is a national honor society for college juniors, seniors and graduate students. The purpose of Alpha Chi is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Membership in Alpha Chi is limited to the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes and graduate students from all academic disciplines.

For more information, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/studentorgs/alphachi/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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