May 2, 2010, on a beautiful spring Sunday, Peru State College held its annual Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony.
This year, a record 52 students accepted the invitation to become a member of Alpha Chi, and 16 students attended the elegant ceremony held this year in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center in front of a crowded room of proud parents, spouses, fellow students, and friends.
You will find photographs from the ceremony posted on line; feel free to download individual photographs or the entire album in one click. Or watch a carousel slide show of the event.
To learn more about Alpha Chi visit the organization's web page. In addition, take a look at the information from the 2010 conference in Little Rock on this blog and the Alpha Chi Convention Report.
In my role as Chapter Sponsor and Alpha Chi National Council Member, I conducted the induction with the help of my colleagues Dr. Spencer Davis (History) and Dr. John Hnida (Biology).
And this year Peru State College's new President, Dr. Dan Hanson, took part in the ceremony.
Underscoring the college's successful on-campus and on-line programs, this year's members pursue degrees not only in Nebraska, but also in eleven other states and Canada.
The beauty and elegance of the ceremony always impresses me, from the multi-colored candles to the society's motto, "You shall know the truth, and truth shall make you free."
I was especially pleased to see perhaps the largest crowd the ceremony has ever attracted, a fitting way to honor these scholars, and on a day of exceptional beauty.
This year, the following students will serve as officers for the PSC chapter: President, Mary Van Winkle; Vice President, Rachael Marion; Treasurer, Lori Juhlin; Secretary, Lisa Sanders; and the Student Representative will go to this year's National Conference in San Diego in March 2011.
Nebraska: Michael Anderson, Roca; Alexis Comstock, Auburn; Letti Connelly, Lincoln; Jamie Crouch, La Vista; Katie Dorsey, Lincoln; Julie Dygert, Omaha; Jenna Epp, Plymouth; Brad Eychner, Bellevue; Mark G. Forster, Lincoln; Kaylie Frederick, Falls City; Jacqueiline Gregory, Martell; Ron Hemenway, Lincoln; Lori Juhlin, Lexington; Jennifer Keffer, Bellevue; Nathan Kellar, Omaha; Melanie Leseberg, Lincoln; Douglas Lierz, Lincoln; Carol Malcolm, Falls City; Rachael Marion, Auburn; Andrea Marker, Ayr; Elizabeth C. McKim, Humbolt; Arlan Meints, Steinauer; Shawne Nelson, Omaha; Susan Reynolds, Bellevue; Angie Rosenthal, Omaha; Lisa Sanders, Lewiston; David Simonsen, Wayne; Jay Shonerd, Beatrice; Rhonda Stacey, Bellevue; Carrie Trecek, Bellevue; Mary Van Winkle, Kilgore; Amy Werts, Humbolt; Arlin Williams, Union; Melissa Wright, Bellevue; Korey Young, Norfolk
Alaska: Erin Haida, Juneau
Georgia: Sarah McFarland, Lwrenceville
Indiana: Grant Beloat, Mt. Vernon; Dorthy Evertts, Anglola; Carol Walton, New Albany
Iowa: Amanda Mulholland, Norwalk; Michael Tackett, Glenwood
Kansas: Heather Calvert, Topeka; Brenna Dooley, Topeka
Minnesota: Daniel Norte, Owatoona
Missouri: Nichole Daugherty, Rock Port
New Jersey: Nicole Bendik, Ocean
Pennsylvania: David Marks, Palmerton
Texas: Elizabeth Jones, Benbrook; Tom Piefer, Fort Worth
Washington: Julie Coatney, Tumwater
Canada: Craig Greenwood, Kingston, Ontario
Congratulations to one and all.