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Five New Academic Honor Societies Recognize Student Achievement
03.11.14 |
Lebanon Valley College is committed to recognizing the academic achievements of its students, and this year has activated membership in five new honor societies on campus to do just that. International studies, political science, mathematics, and chemistry students and students working with the Office of Disabilities Services will be inducted for the first time to national and international honor societies on campus during Inquiry 2014.

“National and international honor societies exist not only to recognize students who have excelled in a discipline, but also to provide a professional and scholarly network for their members,” Dr. Ann Damiano, associate dean of academic affairs, said. “We are delighted to introduce five new societies on campus this year and look forward to the chance to publicly congratulate students who truly deserve recognition.”

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society and is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. There are nearly 700 chapters on campuses across the country. The Alpha Theta Omega chapter at Lebanon Valley College will this year induct 10 members to its charter group: Professors Diane Johnson, Chris Dolan, and Philip Benesch and students Susanna Chehata, Roberto Valdes Baez, Alicia Hain, Ryan Salem, Callan Wendell, Josh Barben, and Dillon Streifeneder.

“Membership in an honor society is a worthy distinction and can give graduates a competitive edge in applications for jobs and post-baccalaureate education,” said Dr. Diane Johnson, society advisor and associate professor of political science. “It also provides other benefits – for example, all members of the Association of College Honor Societies are allowed to apply for federal government positions at a higher entry-level grade.”

The Department of History and Political Science added a second new honor society for students in its international studies major. Ashley Ferrari, Genevieve Hugenbruch, and Susanna Chehata will be inducted to the Sigma Iota Rho honor society, which exists to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.

“We established honor societies in both political science and international studies in order to connect our most academically accomplished students with the broader network of practitioners and scholars who can open and facilitate networking opportunities and professional outlets in our highly competitive world,” said Dr. Chris Dolan, society advisor, associate professor of political science, and director of LVC’s international studies program.

The Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematical sciences honor society is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

“The math department is very excited to have an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our students as they are inducted to the Pi Mu Epsilon honors society,” said Dr. Samuel Kolins, assistant professor of mathematical sciences and society advisor. “I would also like to thank the students in the department, led by Bryttani Craigle, who felt that it was important to have a society that recognizes interest and performance in the mathematical sciences. They invested a lot of time and energy to bring a Pi Mu Epsilon chapter to LVC.”

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is the national chemistry honor society founded in 1919, created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. Today there are more than 70 active chapters across the United States. The new Lebanon Valley College chapter is guided by Dr. Marc Harris, chair and associate professor of chemistry.

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society (DAPi) is the primary collegiate honorary recognizing high-achieving students with disabilities. Founded at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004, DAPi has over 85 chapters at colleges and universities in 29 states. This academic honor society provides opportunities for members to enhance development in leadership, education related to disability issues, and advocacy. At LVC, Dr. Edith Miller, interim director of disabilities services, and Dr. Elizabeth French, assistant professor of education, oversee the program.

For a full list of Lebanon Valley College honor societies, visit To learn more about Inquiry 2014, visit

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