FPU Alpha Chi Members
FPU Alpha Chi members and sponsors at the national convention: (Back row, from left)—Chou Fai Wong; Marshall Johnston; Pamela Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of history; Laurel Samuelson and Nathan Carson, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy. (Front row, from left)—Rhoda Anderson, Colton Taylor, Hailey Millhollen, Alina Gutridge, Joy Rubio and Petrika Gjate.

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By encouraging academic excellence, Alpha Chi National Honor Society represents the essence of Fresno Pacific University.

“We are all just a shared community of learners,” said Marshall Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of history and sponsor of the FPU Alpha Chi chapter. Members of Alpha Chi come from the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes.

Part of the Association of College Honor Societies, Alpha Chi began in 1922 and today has around 300 chapters and about 11,000 members. FPU joined the society in the late 1980s and maintains about 50 members. For the last 15 years, the university has qualified as a Star Chapter, an honor given to just 20 percent of the national branches.

Members get the opportunity to present scholarly research and network with other students from around the United States at the annual Alpha Chi convention, this year April 4-8 in Portland, OR, where FPU seniors Colton Taylor and Cho Fai Wong won national honors: Wong received one of 10 H. Y. Benedict Fellowships for graduate study, in the amount of $3,000, and Taylor earned the Gayle Webb White Prize in Business Administration. Taylor called the convention the highlight of his Alpha Chi experience. “Being surrounded by ambitious students of the top 10 percent of their university’s class is inspirational and life-changing,” he said.

Fellow member Rhoda Anderson agreed. “Not only did I get to share some of the work that I have been doing here at FPU, but I got to see the things that are being done at other universities across the nation,” she said. “Alpha Chi has influenced me for the better by how it has shaped my understanding of learning and interdisciplinary work.”

Non-members also benefit from having an Alpha Chi chapter on their campus. “Having this honor society among them challenges other students to do their best and strive for excellence, and provides a model for academic achievement,” Johnston said.

As Johnston says, Alpha Chi is an amazing opportunity for professors and students alike to grow and learn together. As the society’s motto states: “Making scholarship effective for good.”

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