Hope's Chapter of Mortar Board
Receives Three National Awards

Posted October 23, 2000

HOLLAND -- The Hope College chapter of the Mortar Board national collegiate honor society has received three awards for activity during the 1999-2000 school year.

The college's Alcor Chapter received two "Project Excellence Awards": one for its annual Thanksgiving dinner for Hope's international students, and another for its "Reading Buddies" program with Lincoln Elementary School. Only 30 chapters received "Project Excellence Awards," from among more than 200 chapters nationwide.

The Hope chapter also received a "Silver Torch" award for excellence in maintaining the national organization's standards.

The awards were presented during Mortar Board's 2000 National Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the summer. The Hope chapter's awards were accepted by senior Kirsten Slotten of Grand Ledge, who is serving as the chapter's president during the current, 2000-01 school year. "We got to accept awards on behalf of last year's chapter, which was neat because we were able to continue the chapter's traditions while having something to strive for, too," she said.

Mortar Board recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service; provides opportunities for continued leadership development; promotes service to colleges and universities; and encourages life-long contributions to the global community. The national organization was founded in 1918.

The 40-member Alcor Chapter has existed at Hope since the 1936-37 academic year, although it did not become part of the national Mortar Board organization until 1961. -30-

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