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Alpha Chi and Honors Ceremony

Pine Manor’s top academic achievers were recognized on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the annual Alpha Chi induction and PMC’s Academic Honors Ceremony. Led in by Dr. Melinda Ponder, Professor of English, and Stephan Donovan, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, seven students were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. The Alpha Chi induction, a wonderful candle-lighting ceremony, was led by Dr. William Stargard, Alpha Chi Faculty Advisor and Professor of Art History, with Dr. Susan Bear, Professor of Biology.

This year, Pine Manor College is proud to have had the following seven students’ names added to the list of more than 400,000 members who have joined Alpha Chi since 1922:

  • Gabriela Arruda ’16
  • Shauna Dinneen ’16
  • Majida Goummih ’16
  • Yoselin Perez ’16
  • Amber Sims ’16
  • Rosalie Sinclair ’16
  • Anielly Zeferino ’16


Diane Mello-Goldner Ph.D., Dean of the College, was the honorary inductee, recognized for her outstanding contribution to the academic life of Pine Manor. Mello-Goldner, a professor of Psychology, has been a teacher, a mentor and a leader at Pine Manor for 21 years. Dean Mello-Goldner addressed the students in her acceptance speech: “Your success at Pine Manor was most probably aided by the dedicated faculty and staff who served as your mentors. Find them in the next day or two and thank them! … You have all been fortunate to experience what makes Pine Manor special – our supportive and inclusive learning community that truly focuses on educating our students “one student at a time.”  So now, I would like to ask the 7 inductees to use their experiences and success and “pay it forward” – it is now time for you to serve as role models, teachers, and mentors to the rest of the student body.”

About Alpha Chi

The Massachusetts Delta Chapter of Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that accepts only the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all academic fields and that recognizes and promotes scholarship. Once a member, students are eligible for regional and national scholarships, and may apply to attend Alpha Chi’s annual national convention (at a subsidized cost), where they could present their work to fellow members and faculty from across the country. During the induction, each member receives a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin. In addition, the chapter will purchase and provide an official Alpha Chi medallion to be worn by each member at Commencement.Pine Manor’s chapter of Alpha Chi was established in 1991 with 16 members. The Massachusetts chapter is the Delta Chapter, as we are the fifth college in Massachusetts to establish a chapter.In order to qualify for membership a student must be enrolled full time, be a junior or senior with at least one year of residency, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and at least one semester in the junior or senior year with a 3.75 GPA.

Honors Ceremony

Following the Alpha Chi induction ceremony was the recognition of our High Honors and Honors students of Spring and Fall 2014. Presenting their certificates were President Joe Lee. Ph.D., Dean Diane Mello-Goldner, and Dean Craig Hutchinson.

About High Honors and Honors Requirements

To earn semester Honors, a student must have completed at least 8 credits in courses in which a letter grade is assigned and earn a semester GPA as follows:For High Honors a 3.50 GPA or higher is required, and for Honors a GPA of 3.20 to 3.49 is required.