Alpha Chi Honor Society Students Recognized at National Competition

April 28, 2014

Under the leadership of TLU Professor of Theology Dr. Norm Beck, members of Texas Lutheran University’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society had another successful year at the national convention in St. Louis, Mo. Several students received honors and the group was again named an Alpha Chi Star Chapter. The Star Award honors chapters for meeting several criteria such as inducting local members, sending at least one faculty and one student to the annual convention, having at least one student presentation on the convention program, nominating at least one student for a national Alpha Chi fellowship or scholarship and sponsoring at least one on-campus program in promotion of scholarships.

In this academic competition, TLU students and alumni competed within the disciplines of creative writing, mathematics, religion, biology, physics and history. Faculty members in each discipline evaluated presentations in each area.

Forrest Wales and Brandi Haliscak both received $1,000 Region I Scholarships. Only five of these awards are given annually to students around the nation. Wales won for his paper, “The Role of Racial Ideology in Process of Dehumanizing and Rehumanizing Japanese and U.S. Populations During and After World War II.” In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, Haliscak also received a $100 prize for best presentation in mathematics for her paper, “The Necessity of Primes in RSA Encryption and Probable Primes.”Ashley Buhrts was awarded the $200 Region I Alpha Chi Chapter Award for her paper, “Making Sense of Eternal Salvation.” Ashley Meadows was designated as an alternate for a $2,500 H.Y. Benedict Fellowship for her paper, “Can Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Replace Standard Surgical Procedures for Managing Degenerative Disc Disease?” Kelsey Cooper competed for best presentation in Creative Writing: Original Fiction with her short story, “Light-Up Shoes.”

Alumnus Curtis Lee '11 was awarded a $5,000 Joseph E. Pryor Graduate Fellowship for doctoral study. This honor is the highest and largest scholarship given by the National Council of Alpha Chi. Lee, who won several Alpha Chi scholarships and fellowships as a TLU student, is completing his Ph.D. at Duke University where his research focuses on computational mechanics and models.

Dr. Beck has been the Alpha Chi faculty sponsor since 1976.

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