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Pine Manor’s top achievers were recognized on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, in the annual Alpha Chi induction and PMC’s Academic Honors Ceremony. Led in by Professor Melinda Ponder, Ph.D., and Steve Donovan, eleven students were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. The Alpha Chi induction, a wonderful candle-lighting ceremony, was led by William Stargard, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Alpha Chi Faculty Advisor.

Opening the evening, Professor Stargard remarked on the significance of the event, “This evening is a celebration of academic excellence, both for Alpha Chi inductees as well as Honors and High Honors recipients. Ceremonies like tonight are central to Pine Manor College, because they allow the College community to come together, and re-confirm the principles of academic learning and accomplishment that guide us.”

This year, Pine Manor College added the following students’ names to the list of more than 400,000 members who have joined Alpha Chi since 1922. Professor Stargard pointed out to the fact that the Alpha Chi Society was established 95 years ago to the day, on February 22nd, 1922.

The Alpha Chi recipients were presented with framed certificates and Alpha Chi pins.
The inductees are:

  • Elizabeth Anderson ’17
  • Marlyssa Gonzalez ’18
  • Hilary Kee ’18
  • Marcelina Mendes ’18
  • Adrienne Mojica ’16
  • Liza Ortiz ’18
  • Mary Owen ’18
  • Daniel Vicenzo Perez-Orozco ’17
  • Shanae Saddler ’17
  • Leset Sales ’16
  • Bountouraby Soumah ’17

“It has been an honor to watch these inductees grow academically and personally,” said Professor Stargard, “They have set the highest challenges for themselves, and it is truly inspiring to witness the talent and dedication that they embody.”
Professor Stargard asked the inductees to turn to the audience and accept the recognition and congratulations of the community.

This year’s Alpha Chi Honorary Inductee was President Thomas M. O’Reilly.

Thomas M. O’Reilly  was introduced by the Dean of the College, Diane Mello-Goldner, Ph.D., who described the President’s commitment to education through his own academic work and achievements, as well as through his charitable engagement.

The Alpha Chi induction ceremony was followed by the Honors ceremony in which Pine Manor students were recognized for their academic achievements in the past Spring and Fall semesters.

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 with a 3.75 GPA.

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.