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Pine Manor College’s Top Academic Scholars Recognized

Pine Manor College’s top achievers were recognized on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, in the annual Alpha Chi Honor Society Induction and PMC’s Academic Honors Ceremony, led by Professor William Stargard, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Alpha Chi Faculty Advisor.

In front of student honorees, their families friends, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the Board of Trustees, Professor Stargard opened the evening by remarking on the significance of the event, “This evening is a celebration of academic excellence, both for Alpha Chi inductees as well as Dean’s List students. 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.”

Led in by Lisa Rodrigues ’06, M.Ed., four students were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. 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:

  • Karoline D’Brito ‘19
  • Atazhanna Furtado-Triplett ‘20
  • McCala McDonald ‘18
  • Dona Romain ‘18

The Alpha Chi recipients were presented with Alpha Chi pins and framed certificates by Professor Stargard and Professor Susan Bear, Ph.D., Professor of Biology.

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 Professor William Vogele, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science.

Professor Vogele was introduced by the Dean of the College, Diane Mello-Goldner, Ph.D., who described his 22 years of dedication to Pine Manor College and his commitment to his students. Professor Vogele addressed his fellow inductees and the audience, speaking to the value of Truth in scholarship and in the world today. For Professor Vogele’s full speech, click here.

Dean’s List

The Alpha Chi Induction ceremony was followed by the Honors Ceremony in which Pine Manor College students were recognized for their academic achievements in the past Spring and Fall semesters. The students were presented the High Honors and Honors certificates by President Thomas O’Reilly and the Dean of the Students, Staci Weber, Ph.D.

For the full list of our 2017 Dean’s List, click here.

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 College’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 their junior or senior year with a 3.75 GPA.

About High Honors and Honors Requirements

To make Dean’s List, 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.