Siloam Springs, Ark (April 3, 2003) - The Arkansas Lambda Chapter of John Brown University received the President's Cup Outstanding Chapter Award at the national convention of Alpha Chi, the national college honor scholarship society. The national convention took place March 13-15 in Washington D.C. Granted biannually, this award recognizes the single society chapter in the nation that makes the most significant contribution in scholarship and service to its host institution.
Alpha Chi awards the President's Cup based on a chapter’s campus activities, community activities, number of student presentations, nominees for scholarships and participation in regional and national conventions. The JBU chapter submitted a list describing scholarly programs and service projects they were involved with as well as a scrapbook giving pictorial evidence of their activities.
Some of the JBU scholarly activities hosted by JBU Alpha Chi that aided the chapter in receiving the President’s Cup include: the “Faith and Scholarship Series,” in which JBU professors share how they integrate faith with their disciplines, the International Music Concert, “The Thing At Which Poetry is Read” and talk-back sessions with JBU guest speakers.
In addition to receiving the President’s Cup, the Arkansas Lambda chapter also received several other honors at the convention. Two Arkansas Lambda members were awarded scholarships. Junior Erin Sebeck won the $1,500 Nolle Scholarship for undergraduate study, and senior Monique Ingalls won the $1,000 Pryor Fellowship for graduate study. Trent Pepper was named as an alternate for the Nolle Scholarship and received Honorable Mention in competition for the Edwin W. Gaston Fellowship.
The JBU chapter was also once again named a Star Chapter of Alpha Chi, an honor it has received consecutively for the past seven years.
Two students and one faculty sponsor represented JBU at the convention. Chapter president senior Monique Ingalls presented a paper titled, “From Acculturation to Acceptance: The Story of Western Cherokee Hymnody.” Student delegate junior Trent Pepper presented a paper titled “Frodo, Jesus, and Political Power: A Non-Statist Approach to Domestic and Foreign Policy.” The delegation also hosted two workshops titled "Designing Scholarly Programs to Fit Your Needs." Charles Pastoor, chapter sponsor and assistant professor of English, also represented JBU at the convention.
More than 500 students and faculty from 111 Alpha Chi chapters attended the convention, which featured 222 student presentations. In addition, delegates heard an address by the society’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dr. James Clifford, attended chapter workshops, and enjoyed sightseeing.
Alpha Chi inducts students from all academic fields who rank in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors at member institutions, which number more than 300.
John Brown University is a private Christian university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.