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Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter at U of M, Crookston Wins Gold Membership Award
August 21, 2008

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Crookston, Minn. (August 21, 2008) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students was presented with the Gold Membership Award by the national organization. The Membership Awards are presented to chapters that show a notable increase in membership during a single year. The U of M, Crookston chapter’s membership increased by 54% during the 2007-08 academic year.

Founded in the spring of 1924 at the University of Illinois by Dean Maria Leonard, Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students. Today, the honor society has more than 250 chapters throughout the United States and more than 750,000 students have been initiated into membership since the first chapter started some 80 years ago.

Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full-time freshmen students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better at a four-year college or university.

Alpha Lambda Delta emphasizes that educated persons have a responsibility to “have tolerance in your dealings with all persons, generosity in giving to those in need and insight into the feelings of others” says Dr. Glenda Earwoood, executive director of the Society. Members are challenged to make a “meaningful contribution to society.”

Since 2002, National Alpha Lambda Delta has awarded chapters with the Gold, Silver and Bronze Membership awards. The awards are presented to schools that have shown increases in membership of 50%, 25% and 10%, respectively, during a single year.

For more information about National Alpha Lambda Delta Society for First Year Students, visit the national Web site at

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