by Tony Moore
Think of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) as a different kind of social network—one with a mission. The national honor society, which recognizes students who have a first-year grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above and are in the top 20 percent of their class, provides students with opportunities to connect with one another—socially, intellectually and in service to the campus and community.
And recently Dickinson inducted into ALD's ranks 115 students, each of whom had to achieve a 3.71 GPA or better to make the top 20 percent of the class.
“Working with ALD gives me the opportunity and satisfaction of reaching the highest achieving 20 percent of the class in ways that build connections with the campus and the broader community,” says Shalom Staub, associate provost and first-year class dean, who serves as a co-advisor for Dickinson's ALD chapter.
Since 1989, ALD members have served such causes as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Carlisle’s Project SHARE and Safe Harbour, and Dickinson's chapter continually finds itself being honored by the national chapter. Last year, the group was recognized with the Order of the Torch award, one of only six chapters nationally to receive the honor for highest level of outstanding chapter activity. And two more members were recently awarded the national ALD Trow scholarship.
“A strong chapter of ALD at Dickinson helps these students find others with whom to share social, intellectual and service experiences,” Staub says. “Overall, it reinforces that Dickinson is the right place for them as they seek meaningful college experiences.”
Dickinson's Alpha Lambda Delta chapter
The array of student organizations available on campus
Published Feb. 25, 2014