ALD is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. The national organization’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.” At USciences, the extension of an invitation to join is based on first semester grades of first-year students. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be in the top 20 percent of the class.
“Our chapter has always had a high yield of invited students and it is great to receive this recognition,” said Kevin C. Wolbach, lecturer in biology and ALD chapter advisor. “We have a very active ALD chapter and their impact on the USciences campus is felt through member participation in the undergraduate teaching assistant programs in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the tutoring programs offered by SASS, and numerous community service activities.
In 2009, The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society for First Year College Students awarded an Alpha Award at the gold level to University of the Sciences’ Chapter of ALD. The Alpha Award is the newest award presented by National Alpha Lambda Delta, which recognizes chapters that have initiated a high percentage of their invited students.
In 2013, ALD was honored as one of seven 2013 recipients of the Order of the Torch Award as well as one of seven receiving the Alpha Gold Award for Membership. The Order of the Torch is an annual award given to the top chapters of ALD across the country. To be considered, chapters must submit a scrapbook showcasing their work over the past year, including website and social media screenshots, event and program photos, marketing materials, and internal communications documents. A committee of National Council members reviews each entry and ranks them based on chapter involvement, internal communications, programming, campus visibility, and the application’s presentation. The committee then awards up to five schools with a banner celebrating the chapter’s achievement. ALD’s scrapbook submission included a holiday card making party for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a dinner party, and the University of the Sciences Garden Cleanup as well as brochures and ribbon making.
“Our chapter has been vying for this award for the past four years, each year making improvements on the previous years’ submission. This award recognizes the strong leadership of our chapter officers and the hard work and enthusiasm of our members, all of whom are committed to the success of Alpha Lambda Delta on our campus,” said Kevin Wolbach, one of the chapter’s advisors.
Receiving the Order of the Torch and the Alpha Gold awards are only the beginning of the exciting things to come for USciences’ chapter of ALD. Members of the school’s chapter will begin preparing for their 25th Anniversary Celebration, which is scheduled to be held on Nov. 11, 2014.
Alpha Lambda Delta at USciences is a thriving chapter. In 2013, over 93 percent of the organization’s student nominees accepted membership. Aside from the academic distinction that comes with being an inductee, ALD members can take advantage of scholarship opportunities for graduate studies and studying abroad. Many members of ALD also serve as campus leaders in the Student Government Association and undergraduate teaching assistants in the biology and chemistry laboratories as well as tutoring and mentoring on and off campus.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Alpha Lambda Delta
Advisor: Kevin Wolbach
Advisor: Amy Dennis-Kimball