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April 7, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Alpha Chi Chapter Recognized at Regional Conference

Allison, Pierce and Moore

(From left) Allison, Pierce and Moore.

Members and sponsors of the Texas Alpha Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society at The University of Texas at Tyler recently attended the organization’s first Super-Regional Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

UT Tyler’s chapter was a recipient of one of only eight Star Chapter Awards given to chapters in Region II, which includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and part of Texas. 

Students who attended the convention and presented scholarly papers were: biology major Brittany Pierce of Tyler, biology major Tiffany Allison of Alaska, currently of Tyler; and health studies major Brianna Moore of Longview. Pierce also was the recipient of the 2010 Region II Pryor Fellowship for graduate study. She will enter the biology doctorate program at the University of California – Davis this fall.

Suzanne Pundt, UT Tyler senior lecturer in biology and chapter sponsor, currently serves as the Region II secretary/treasurer and as a member of the National Council of Alpha Chi. She served on the national Gaston/Nolle Scholarship committee and as a presentation judge and presider at the convention. Dr. James Koukl, UT Tyler associate professor of biology and the chapter’s assistant sponsor, also was a presentation judge.

Membership in Alpha Chi recognizes previous accomplishments and provides opportunity for continued growth and service. Members of the Texas Alpha Xi Chapter collected 137 children’s books to contribute to the ongoing convention theme of literacy.  The convention donated more than 1,000 books to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital of Little Rock.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

As a general honor society, Alpha Chi admits to membership students from all academic disciplines. A member institution, which must be a regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree-granting college or university, may invite to membership no more than the top ten percent of the junior, senior and graduate students.

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. More than 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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