Mason Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Wins Gold Award

Posted: July 28, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Faculty advisor Donna Fox treats her Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Freshman Honor Society members like a family—if the group had a large, community refrigerator, she would hang their accomplishments on it with magnets. Instead, she keeps a large scrapbook of all their events—and with more than 150 members, 800 volunteer hours a year, and numerous national award winners, there are a lot of things to be proud of.

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society recently awarded a Gold Award to the ALD chapter at George Mason for finishing the 2003-04 academic year with a 91 percent increase in membership. The chapter at George Mason was founded in 1993 and currently has 151 members, up from 85 last year. Students achieving academic excellence during their first year at college are eligible for membership.

Advisor and student

Donna M. Fox, chapter advisor,

and Michael Henzey, who was

the ALD student president for

2003-04 and helped increase

the chapter’s membership.

With Fox as the faculty advisor, ALD members get involved in all kinds of events and opportunities. This past year, they helped with the College of Arts and Sciences convocation as they do each year, participated in the Victims’ Rights Walk, and organized a pet food drive for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. On a national level, the students participated in blood drives. Members also volunteered with CrossLink International, a nonprofit organization that provides medicines and medical equipment to underdeveloped countries and local free clinics.

In addition to participating in numerous community service projects, the Mason Chapter of ALD has had at least one member in each of the past three years win a national scholarship award. Joshua Minix, an economics major, won a $3,000 scholarship this year. Last year, student Anita Bakshi won the Dorothy Anderson Graduate Fellowship Award of $5,000.

“I absolutely love working with these students,” says Fox, who was selected as the 2004 National Alpha Lambda Delta Advisor of the Year. “They are smart, interested, and want to do important things for people. I cannot say enough good things about them. Being a faculty advisor for them has brought such joy to my life at George Mason.”

Founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois, Alpha Lambda Delta has more than 240 chapters across the United States and has initiated more than 750,000 students. For more information, visit Mason’s chapter web site.

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