Announcements

Alpha Chi - Arkansas Zeta Chapter has a new look and feel. Please feel free to contact us with any problems or suggestions you may have.

The National Officer notified the Zeta chapter that it will be listed as one of 28 chapters nationally to designated a Star Chapter.  This is the third consecutive year that UAM's Alpha Chi has received this honor. Visit National Headquarters.

Introduction

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. Its name derives from the initial letters of the Greek words meaning TRUTH and CHARACTER.

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 10 percent of the junior and senior classes.

Membership in Alpha Chi recognizes previous accomplishments and provides opportunity for continued growth and service. As a phrase from its constitution suggests, Alpha Chi seeks to find ways to assist students in "making scholarship effective for good."

Benefits

Students who join Alpha Chi can expect several benefits of membership through local chapter sponsors:

  • Most importantly, members receive recognition as distinguished scholars and members of a society that is rapidly growing in numbers and prestige.

  • All inductees receive a recognition pin and a membership certificate (distributed by chapter sponsor).

  • Members may purchase official society jewelry.

  • Through their chapters members may compete for Alpha Chi scholarships and fellowships. Some chapters and regions sponsor scholarships, and the National council annually awards 10 H.Y. Benedict Fellowships ($2,500 stipend for graduate or professional study) and 10 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarships ($1,500 stipend for the senior year of undergraduate study).

  • Members may present scholarly work at regional or national conventions.

  • Members may receive Alpha Chi's two periodical publications (distributed by chapter sponsors): the Recorder, an annual journal of scholarship and proceedings of the society, and the Newsletter, a biannual publication with news of national and local activities.

  • Subject to policies of the chapter and institution, members may have special recognition at graduation, such as wearing honor cords or stoles and having the gold Alpha Chi seal affixed to diplomas.

  • If they are employed by the federal government, members may receive higher starting salaries than nonmembers.

  • Active alumni members receive the publications and invitations to participate in other special programs, including competition for the $5,000 Joseph E. Pryor alumni Fellowship.

Alumni

In 1995 Alpha Chi created an opportunity for former undergraduate members to continue their association with the society through an "active alumni" status. Through an annual fee, active alumni receive the society's publications, the Recorder and Newsletter, and other communication about programs of interest, such as conventions. Alumni may also form alumni chapters or affiliate with nearby campus chapters.

History

Alpha Chi celebrates its birthday on February 22, the day on which, in 1922, representatives from five Texas institutions of higher learning met at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, to organize a society that became known as The Scholarship Societies of Texas. By 1926 the organization had spread to adjacent states and therefore adopted the name The Scholarship Societies of the South. Desiring to expand into a national organization, in 1934 the group became Alpha Chi. Growth in chapters was slow, however, until the 1960's and 1970's, when a new constitution was adopted and the seven-region national organization was finalized. To date, more than 275,000 members have been inducted into Alpha Chi since its beginning.