Pictured at right: Stephen Valenta, Catherine Johnson, Michelle Anderson, Mary Hooker and Joshua Ingram at the Alamo in San Antonio
Last weekend six students from Belmont University (Lindsey Winger, Mary Hooker, Stephen Valenta, Joshua Ingram, Michelle Anderson and Catherine Johnson) presented their research at the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society in San Antonio. Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor awarded by Belmont University. Its members are invited based on their academic standing in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes within any academic major. Belmont has had an active chapter of Alpha Chi for over 25 years. Dr. Bonnie Smith (English) is the current Sponsor, and Dr. Jonathan Thorndike (Honors) is the assistant sponsor and Region III Secretary-Treasurer.
At the conference, Winger moderated a session on performing arts. Winger recently finished a two-year term as Region III student representative. Region III includes Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Washington, D.C. Winger was responsible for presenting awards at the banquet, communicating with other students in the region and attending meetings of the National Council.
Hooker made a musical presentation titled “Life of a Dreamer,” and Stephen Valenta discussed his research in a session titled “International Music Business.” In the Communication Session, Michelle Anderson discussed “Acing the Interview” and Catherine Johnson talked about her graphic design experience in “The Importance of Design in Communication.” In the Performing Arts session, Joshua Ingram made a presentation on the challenges of “Creating Music in Nashville.”
“We felt honored and blessed to be in San Antonio at the Alpha Chi convention representing Belmont University,” Hooker said. “It was so much fun to be surrounded by other students who were so interested in learning. When I attended a workshop regarding academic integrity, I was surprised and delighted to see fellow students so truly adamant about integrity and creating a lively discussion.”
Stephen Valenta added that “attending the convention allowed me to see how students from colleges and universities around the nation were getting involved on campus through Alpha Chi. This convention inspired me to help make Belmont’s chapter more active.”
At the convention, Dr. Thorndike received the Distinguished Service Award based on “outstanding contributions to the goals of Alpha Chi: promoting scholarship and service at the local, regional and national levels” for the past nine years.