The Tusculum College Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Society is marking its 50th anniversary this year as an organization on campus.
The Tusculum chapter was the first Alpha Chi chapter to be established in Tennessee, and to commemorate the anniversary, a new plaque with information about the chapter was installed in the Niswonger Commons on campus Thursday, April 29.
The plaque was presented by Jason Seaton, president of the chapter, to Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody during the college’s annual Honors Convocation. Following the ceremony, members of Alpha Chi gathered in the Niswonger Commons for a brief ceremony to hang the plaque.
Alpha Chi membership is open to juniors and seniors in any academic discipline who rank in the top 10 percent of their classes academically. The invitation to join the honor society, extended by the college’s faculty, recognizes previous accomplishments and provides opportunity for continued growth and service.
Alpha Chi has been a respected college honor society since its beginning in 1922 and is an active member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The society’s purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Its name is derived from the first letter of the Greek words meaning truth and character, and its motto is “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” taken from John 8:32 in the Bible.