UAM students to attend Alpha Chi convention

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   The University of Arkansas at Monticello will be represented by four students and one faculty member at a gathering of the nation's top college and  university students.

   The occasion is the national convention of Alpha Chi, a national collegiate honor society, April 7-9 in St. Louis, Mo.

   UAM will be represented by students Rebecca Bevill, a senior accounting major from Pine Bluff and president of the UAM chapter of Alpha Chi; Will Whiting, a senior speech communications and journalism major from Monticello and local chapter vice president; Christine Bryant, a junior agriculture major from Monticello and local chapter secretary; and Abby Trites, a junior pre-pharmacy major from Gillett.

   Faculty sponsor Kate Stewart, professor of English, will also attend the conference. Stewart is Alpha Chi Region II president and will preside over the regional meeting.

   According to Stewart, the conference will use the theme "With Honor and Integrity" to focus on academic honesty due to the rise in cheating in colleges and universities across the nation. In keeping with the convention theme, UAM students will present a workshop entitled "With Honor and Dignity: A Meaningful Induction Ceremony," and Whiting will read a scholarly paper and display a piece of art work.

   Keynote speaker for the convention is expected to be Coleen Rowley, an FBI agent who issued warnings on national security lapses prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

   Prior to attending the national convention, the Alpha Chi chapter will hold its annual recognition banquet April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. The chapter will honor outstanding members and graduates and recognize the 2004-05 staff, rookie, teacher and administrator of the year.

   For more information, contact Dr. Kate Stewart at (870) 460-1878.     

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