Gardner-Webb Students Join Alpha Chi Honor Society

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University Inducts 37 New Members into Academic Organization

Dr. June Hobbs congratulates Dr. Pam Dennis at the Alpha Chi ceremony.
Alpha Chi sponsor and director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. June Hobbs, left, recognized Dr. Pam Dennis, dean of the Gardner-Webb Library, for her commitment to students. Dennis was inducted as an honorary member of the society.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University inducted 37 members into Alpha Chi, a national collegiate honor society, in a ceremony held Nov. 11 in Blanton Auditorium in Hamrick Hall.

Dr. Pam  Dennis, dean of Dover Memorial Library, was inducted as an honorary member. When recognizing Dennis, Dr. June Hobbs, Alpha Chi sponsor, noted her commitment to students. “Dr. Dennis has been invaluable in promoting scholarship on campus,” Hobbs shared. “Many of our Alpha Chi members have engaged in undergraduate research on campus, and many have told me how she has gone out of her way to support their projects and inspire them to do more than they ever dreamed. Her patience and investment in our students are unparalleled.”

Alpha Chi promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honors those who achieve such distinction. Membership is open to students with junior and senior classification who demonstrate strong character and whose GPA ranks them in the top 10 percent of their academic classes. The GWU North Carolina Zeta Chapter of Alpha Chi was established in 1972.

Gardner-Webb’s Alpha Chi chapter earns consistent national recognition for its academic achievements, including honors for presentations at the annual Alpha Chi National Convention. Last year’s delegation won a total of $10,000 in prizes and grants for their research presentations.

The new inductees include:

Sarah Bragdon Anderson, S.C. nursing (BSN) Spanish minor
Benjamin Laspaluto Apex, N.C. mathematics and economics and finance, double major
Mary Traylor Austin, Texas nursing
Joy Clarisse Saavedra Charlotte, N.C. discipleship studies major, biblical studies minor
Allison Chandler Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada accounting
Bridgette Turner Clayton, N.C. communications major; American Sign Language minor, Spanish minor
Leah Jancic Cleveland, N.C. fine arts
Danielle Saine Connelly Springs, N.C. psychology major, sociology minor
Zachary Oxendine Davie County, N.C. accounting
Olivia Simmons Davie County, N.C. biology with a concentration in biomedical sciences
Lindsay Koppel Drippings Springs, Texas international business Major, Spanish minor
Charity Bennett Fishers, Ind. nursing major, Spanish minor
Hunter Warren Gaffney, S.C. biology major, chemistry minor
Callie Hatley Gastonia, N.C. accounting major
Emily Brannon Gastonia, N.C. nursing
Madeline Bame Gastonia, N.C. music education with a voice concentration
Cary Pou Greenville, NC economics/finance
Darby Yates Hickory, N.C. biology major with biomedical sciences concentration, psychology minor
Mallory Baucom Indian Trail, N.C. psychology major, discipleship studies minor
Leydy Alvarez Zavala Kernersville, N.C. healthcare management
Allyson Harris Lawrenceville, Ga. nursing (BSN)
Caroline Sloan Lexington, N.C. English major with a concentration in professional writing
Victoria Birks Loudoun County, Va. exercise science pre-professional
Bonnie Belcher Marshall, N.C. nursing
Janice Johnston Mills River, N.C. nursing (BSN)
Courtney Kanetzke Mills River, N.C. exercise science pre-professional, Spanish minor
Taylor Hildebrand Connelly Springs, N.C. middle grades education mathematics
Abbey Smith Oxford, N.C. exercise science with a health fitness concentration
Kristen Wong Richmond Hill, Ga. biology with a concentration in biomedical sciences
Jennifer Jackson Rocky Mount, N.C. biology major with biomedical sciences concentration
Celsea Reeder Salisbury, N.C. biology major with concentration in biomedical sciences, Spanish minor
Bethany Leap Sarasota, Fla. global studies with regional studies concentration, political science minor
Sarah Schurman Shelby, N.C. graphic design
Megan White Shelby, N.C. elementary education major, professional education minor
Jordan Vitale Tampa, Fla. exercise science, health sciences concentration
Alyse Yoney Waxhaw, N.C. nursing (BSN)
Abigail Hackworth Winston-Salem, N.C. missiology

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