Alpha Chi students recognized at convention

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Four Huntington University students in the Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society were recognized at the Alpha Chi Super-Regional Convention in Baltimore, Md., on March 22-24.

Sarah Johnson, a senior journalism and English major from Davenport, Iowa, was awarded the National Benedict Fellowship. She is Huntington's 12th national winner and the seventh since 2004. She gave a presentation on "Prophetic Heroism in A Lesson Before Dying" on the Ernest J. Gaines's novel of the same name.

Nicole Schanke, a senior biology major from Trenton, Ohio, received the Alpha Chi Region V Graduate Fellowship for her paper on the "Effects of Chemical and Physical Environmental Conditions on Synechococcus Abundance in the San Juan Archipelago."

Anthony Frederick, a junior film production major from Portage, Ind., received the Region V Undergraduate Scholarship. He gave a presentation titled "The Boy and The Sunflower."

Luke Brenneman, a senior sociology major from Spencerville, Ohio, won a Presentation Prize for the excellence of his paper, titled "Professor-Student Interactions and Student Participation: Comparing Effects of Body Language and Sex on Classroom Participation."

Nine HU students attended the convention.

The Indiana Beta chapter was also named a 2012 Star chapter at the convention. This is the 17th year straight year it has won the award since its inception. Only three other chapters out of Alpha Chi's 300-plus have equaled this. As a result, the chapter was nominated by Region V as one of its candidates for the 2013 Alpha Chi President's Cup. The chapter contributed 103 books to the literacy program "Reading is Fundamental" as part of Alpha Chi's national service project, and several members of the delegation participated in a chapter leadership conference.