Washington Adventist University (WAU) 60 new inductees into two national honors societies were challenged to exhibit three highly important qualities, necessary to succeed in the world today: excellence, humility and integrity.
The new inductees became members of Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Chi, the highest college academic honors available to students.
Attorney-at-law D. Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, who gave the keynote address at the April 7 event, explained that excellence is a quality that has to be internalized before it can be outwardly recognized or labeled; humility means helping and thinking about others more than one self, and integrity means being principled in one’s personal and professional lives.
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society encourages high scholastic attainment among the first-year students. Those who have earned a grade point average of 3.50, or above, while taking a full-time academic load first semester are eligible. The WAU chapter, which was chartered in 1985, was awarded the commendation of Excellence in 2012.
Alpha Chi encourages sound scholarship and devotion to truth among its members. Membership is restricted to the top 10 percent of students in the junior and senior classes who are in good academic and social standing. The WAU Chapter was chartered in 1984.
Two other awards were presented at the ceremony: Interim Provost Dr. Patrick Williams received an honorary Alpha Chi membership while student Robert Machado, a graduating senior, received the Edward Davis Award for leadership and service to the community.
The event was organized by the Betty Howard Center for Student Success and Faculty Development.