Fresno Pacific University’s California Zeta Chapter is—for the 15th consecutive time—among Alpha Chi’s Star Chapters for 2019-2020.

The national college honor society announced the 20 winners January 15, 2021. To qualify as Star Chapters, colleges and universities must:

  • Induct members locally
  • Register at least one faculty member and one student to attend the annual convention
  • Have at least one student registered to present on the convention program
  • Nominate at least one student for a national Alpha Chi fellowship or scholarship
  • Sponsor at least one on-campus program in promotion of scholarship

“In a challenging academic year, these chapters persevered in achieving this benchmark of excellence,” the announcement release stated.

The California Zeta Chapter has 64 student members. Pamela Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of history, and W. Marshall Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor and program director in history, are chapter sponsors.

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society invites to membership juniors, seniors and graduate students from all disciplines in the top 10% of their classes. Active on nearly 300 campuses nationwide, chapters induct approximately 10,000 students annually. Since the society’s founding in 1922, Alpha Chi members have dedicated themselves to “making scholarship effective for good.” Alpha Chi is a member in good standing of the Association of College Honor Societies, the only national accrediting body for collegiate honor societies.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations