July 18, 2007
Morningside College is one of five schools in the nation to have its chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta win a 2007 Order of the Torch Award.
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year college and university students.
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta selects winners of the annual Order of the Torch Award on the basis of outstanding chapter work in programming, internal communication, campus visibility, and overall scrapbook presentation.
“It’s a very big deal for Morningside to present itself that well,” said Dr. Glenda Earwood, executive director of Alpha Lambda Delta. “We have 254 chapters across the country. To be one of the top five chapters in the nation, it’s a big deal.”
Other winners of the Order of the Torch Award for the 2006-07 academic year are Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, University of California – Los Angeles, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Tarah Sagedahl, a junior from East Bethel, Minn., served as president of Morningside’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter last year. Other officers were Kari Hansen of Sioux City; Amanda Plemel of Northboro, Iowa; Kellie Harris of Omaha, Neb.; Katie Milbrandt of Buffalo Center, Iowa; Katie Hoaglund of Mapleton, Iowa; Jonalee Jackes of Le Mars, Iowa; Melissa Campbell of Graettinger, Iowa; and Andrea Jenson of Pocahontas, Iowa.
The chapter was advised last year by Dr. Marty Knepper, professor and chair of the English department; Terri Curry, vice president for student life and enrollment; and Daria Bossman, director of library services.
Morningside College was also a recipient of the Order of the Torch Award in 2001.
“I am very proud of the 2006-07 Alpha Lambda Delta members and officers,” Knepper said. “Their collaborative projects demonstrated the importance of both scholarship and service.”