April 15, 2005
Thirty Morningside College students and one staff member were initiated into the national Alpha Lambda Delta women’s honor society for first-year students, and ten Morningside College students were initiated into the national Phi Eta Sigma men’s honor society for first-year students during a special ceremony held last Sunday, April 10, on the Morningside College campus.
The students include:
Sioux City - Austin Granzow, Miranda Heyer-Stroh, Nejla Smith, Maurie Tomke, Megan Tuttle, Megan Walding, and Leah Winter.
Iowa - Rachel Bellairs, Clarinda; Kelsey Beery, Indianola; Heather Blom, Orange City; Torey Devlin, Anthon; Nicole Helgeson, Altoona; Kelli Irwin, Marcus; Kimberly Jessen, Everly; Brian J. Johnson, Bronson; Matthew Johnson, Council Bluffs; Rachel Kinney and Elizabeth Wright, Onawa; Chantell Kuntz, Knoxville; Stephanie Loeschen and Lindsey Mohr, Ocheyedan; Tiffany Pribyl, Crescent; Brandon Shostak, Le Mars; Marleta Smith, Lake City; Stephanie Wellman, Persia; Samantha Wenger, Danbury; Natasha Wittmaack, Salix; Jon T.Yates, Glenwood; and Cassie Zimmerman, Oxford.
Nebraska – Logan Anderson, Fort Calhoun; Melissa Dreyer, Hay Springs; Kathryn Kotlik, Bellevue; Kerstin Levi, Omaha; Sheldon Malcom, Dakota City; and Jack Rother, Wolbach.
Other states and countries – Katherine Billings, Mount Prospect, Ill.; Nichole Hagerty, Spearfish, S.D.; Elizabeth Simpson, Pittsburg, Kan.; Lindsay Smith, Liberty, Mo.; and Tobias Tessmer, Germany.
Marcie Ponder, administrative assistant in the English department at Morningside, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta as an honorary member.
Both Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta were founded at the University of Illinois, in 1923 and 1924 respectively, to recognize and encourage academic excellence among first-year students. Membership is open to full-time first-year students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better and are in the top 20 percent of their class.