Students present at Alpha Chi convention; Henry elected to national council 

Three members of the Hastings College chapter of Alpha Chi were selected to participate and present their work in the Alpha Chi national convention, which was held virtually April 8-10.

alphachi logoAlpha Chi is an academic honor society designed to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college students and honor those who achieve such distinction. Students in the top 10 percent of their classes are invited to join Alpha Chi. The organization is active on nearly 300 campuses nationwide.

Hastings College students who presented at the national convention include:

  • Lilly Nelms, a sophomore publishing major from Overton, Nebraska, who presented on her paper titled “‘Alternatives’: Crafting an Original Poem with Fairy Tale Influences.”
  • Grace Sinsel, a sophomore secondary education English major from York, Nebraska, presented her paper titled “Religious Healing in the South: A Perspective through Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred.’”
  • Natalie Watson, a sophomore criminology major from Franklin, Tennessee, presented on her paper titled “White Women and Slavery: A Hidden History of White Supremacy.”

In addition, Alpha Chi delegates elected new leaders to the National Council, Alpha Chi’s leadership arm that includes 15 faculty members and seven students. Dr. Jessica Henry, professor of communication studies and advisor to the Hastings College chapter of Alpha Chi, was elected to serve a four-year term on the National Council.

Since the Society’s founding in 1922, Alpha Chi members charged with upholding the tenets of Truth and Character have dedicated themselves to “making scholarship effective for good.” Alpha Chi is a member in good standing of the Association of College Honor Societies, the only national accrediting body for collegiate honor societies.

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