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Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter Honored with Gold Membership Award
August 8, 2007

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Alpha Lambda Delta

Pictured (l to r) Sara Kaiser, staff advisor; Austin Aasness, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Erin Weleski, Lancaster, Minn.; Whitney Coffield, Lake Bronson, Minn.; Cathy Balsiger, Lake Park, Minn.; Katelyn Pulford, Richville, Minn.; Elizabeth Kern, Ellendale, Minn.; Megan Hannon, Green Bay, Wis.; Lincoln Messener, Winthrop, Minn.; Becky Powell, Effie, Minn.; Heather Schroeder, Nevis, Minn.; Kaarina Visness, Karlstad, Minn.; Casey Misialek, Grafton, N.D.; Chasity Misialek, Grafton, N.D.; Josiah Loll, Campbell, Minn. Loll serves as the chapter’s president.

CROOKSTON, Minn. (Aug. 7, 2007) – 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’s chapter membership increased by 20% during the 2006-2007 academic year.


Alpha Lambda Delta, formerly First Year Honor Society, is the U of M, Crookston's only honor society and initiated its first members in 2003. The purpose of the Society is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and to assist women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.


“We are very proud of the students in Alpha Lambda Delta at the U of M, Crookston,” said Sara Kaiser, staff advisor for the chapter. “Recognizing excellence among students is very important; we want to celebrate student success and encourage achievement.”


Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students. Today, Alpha Lambda Delta has over 250 chapters throughout the United States and more than 750,000 students have been initiated into membership since the first chapter was started more than 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.


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