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Finlandia starts Alpha Lambda Delta honor society chapter

November 12, 2015

FinnU ALD honor society

10 students inducted during formal installation of program Monday

Monday night 10 Finlandia University students were inducted as charter members of the Finlandia University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) during the school’s formal installation of the new program.

Joining students, faculty and staff from Finlandia at the installation was ALD National President Dr. Susan Huffman. Huffman, who works at Purdue University, presided over the ceremony.

“I would like to congratulate all of inductees, and Finlandia University for having this new organization on campus,” Dr. Huffman said.

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is an honor society for students who have earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average, and were in the top 20 percent of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

Charter members at Finlandia University include Kirsten Berg, Katie Cherney, Miranda Conroy, Melissa Helppi, Kristy Kerstner, Nathan Meyette, Brock Nelsen, Leah Ruotsala, Mark Siminski and Abigail Tembreull. Each of them are recognized on the charter document.

“It’s not very often a group of students gets to have their name on a charter,” Dr. Huffman said. “That’s something special because it will never be taken down.”

ALD was brought to Finlandia because of Erin Barnett, director of academic success and student life at the university. She is an honorary member from her time at Eastern Kentucky University, and worked with students to bring the organization to Finlandia.

“This is a great way to provide additional opportunities for our students,” Barnett said. “Over the last year it’s been a positive experience creating this program with these students, and I look forward to seeing what doors it opens for them.”

Along with recognizing the 10 students, Finlandia University President Philip Johnson and Professor Hilary Virtanen, who is serving as faculty advisor, were also recognized as honorary ALD members. Finlandia University is the second university in the Upper Peninsula to add an ALD chapter, with the other being Northern Michigan University.

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