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(Chestnut Hill) – February 25, 2015 – Pine Manor College, a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, today inducted seven students into the Delta Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. The College also named Dr. Diane Mello-Goldner, Dean of the College, as an honorary inductee.


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. To qualify, students must be full time juniors or seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and at least one semester in the junior or senior year with a grade point average of 3.75. 

Pine Manor is the fifth college in Massachusetts to establish an Alpha Chi chapter. 


“These inductees exemplify the academic excellence that Pine Manor College so strongly values,” said Joseph Lee, Ph.D., President of Pine Manor College. “We could not be more proud of their hard work and determination. This tremendous honor is well-deserved.” 


This year’s inductees include Gabriela Arruda ‘16 of Melrose, MA, Shauna Dinneen ‘16 of East Haven, CT, Majida Goummih ‘16 of Braintree, MA, Yoselin Perez ‘16 of Revere, MA, Amber Sims ‘16 of Boston, MA, Rosalie Sinclair ‘16 of Keene, NH, and Anielly Zeferino ‘16 of Malden, MA. 


“These inductees have set the highest challenges for themselves, and it’s been an honor to watch them succeed,” said William Stargard, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Alpha Chi advisor, who led the induction ceremony. “It is truly inspiring to witness the talent and strength of character that they embody.”


Honorary Alpha Chi inductee Diane Mello-Goldner, Ph.D., Dean of the College, was recognized for her remarkable contribution to academic excellence at Pine Manor College. Mello-Goldner, a professor of Psychology, has been a teacher, a mentor and a leader at Pine Manor for 21 years. She is a resident of Natick, MA. 


Addressing the Alpha Chi inductees in her acceptance speech, Mello-Goldner stated: “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!” Mello-Goldner continued, “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 our seven 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.”


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


For  pictures from the ceremony click here.



Pine Manor is a private four-year liberal arts college situated on 50-plus wooded acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts, only a few miles outside of Boston. For over 100 years Pine Manor has provided a highly student-focused education and tailored mentoring grounded in the liberal arts tradition.


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