ATLANTA (Nov. 25, 2013)– One hundred and twelve Clark Atlanta University (CAU) students, faculty and administrators were inducted Nov. 13 into Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, the only national honor society founded on the campus of a historically black college. The CAU chapter was originally installed in 1944 and this reactivation represents its first induction since 2001.
Dr. Mollie B. Brown, national executive secretary-treasurer of Alpha Kappa Mu, attended the ceremony.
Founded in 1937 at Tennessee A & I College, now Tennessee State University, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society is a general scholarship honor society open to junior and senior men and women in all academic areas who meet its membership requirements, including a 3.3 cumulative grade point average. Its purpose is to promote high scholarship; to encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service; to cultivate a high order of personal living; and to develop an appreciation for scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others. There are more than 90,000 members in 67 chapters nationwide.
CAU President Carlton E. Brown, one of the new honorary inductees of Alpha Kappa Mu, said, “The reactivation of Alpha Kappa Mu on our campus is another milestone in the university’s commitment to academic excellence among our students, faculty and staff. Alpha Kappa Mu is historically significant as the only national honor society founded at a historically black college, so it is an honor to uphold its banner. We welcome this new chapter of scholars, who now join other scholars from the installation last spring of two other national honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.”
Phi Eta Sigma is the first and largest honor society devoted to the achievement of the first-year college student. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.
The chapter officers of Alpha Kappa Mu are: Kirstin Kearns, president; Esmeralda Castaneda, vice president; Ashley Chukwu, secretary; Genee’ Wolley, treasurer; Kendall Barksdale, historian; Naia Williams, reporter; Audra Strawbridge, parliamentarian; professor Willie L. Todd Jr., primary advisor; and Dr. Cynthia W. Auzenne Clem, secondary advisor. Along with President Brown, other honorary members are Vice President for Student Enrollment Carl. E. Jones and advisors Todd and Clem.
For more information on Alpha Kappa Mu, visit www.alphakappamu.org.