On-Campus Honor Society is Rebuilding
Eastern New Mexico University has many different activities for students with many diverse interests. There are on-campus organizations for people wishing to amplify their academic honors and achievements; one such organization is the Alpha Sigma Lambda Omicron Alpha Chapter.
The Alpha Sigma Lambda Omicron Alpha Chapter is an honor society for full and part time students. Susan Cramp, the organization’s faculty advisor, said this honor society is for “adult students… in higher education.” Students also need to have completed at least 24 credit hours and to be in the top 20 percent academically of students at ENMU. Usually, Cramp herself will go through records and contact the people who qualify for joining the organization; if the students are interested, they will go through an induction process and will have to pay to their “dues” or fees. She also said the chapter “is going through a transition” at the moment because she has recently taken over the chapter.
Though the chapter itself has not had any new members recently, there have been multiple ENMU students that have applied for the national scholarship that is offered each year by the national organization affiliated with the Alpha Sigma Lambda Omicron Alpha chapter. Cramp said that there have been two students at ENMU who have been awarded the national scholarship in the past two years. To qualify for the scholarship, the student must be an undergraduate student that is at least 24 years old, and be considered “in financial need,” Cramp said. The prospective scholarship applicant must also have completed at least 24 credits or hours and have at least a 3.2 grade point average. She also said that the scholarship is usually $500, but last year it was $3,500 each. There are 13 to 15 scholarships awarded annually. Cramp said applications are evaluated based on “scholarship, leadership, a personal statement, faculty recommendation and financial need.” “The scholarship deadline is typically in April of each year; for more information, contact Susan Cramp.
Cramp is planning on starting to get the ENMU chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Omicron Alpha started back up in the spring, once there are more up-to-date grades and credits available to determine who qualifies. This organization is open to both on campus and distance learning students. Cramp noted that it is not a social fraternity, but “for adults who accomplish academic excellence.”