Golden Key Chapter Meets Highest Standards

Posted: October 8, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: October 9, 2013 at 6:59 am

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By Justin Lafreniere

Golden Key sealThe Golden Key International Honor Society Chapter of George Mason University has received the 2013 Key Chapter Award. The award is the highest honor for an individual chapter and recognizes their accomplishments throughout the 2012-13 academic year.

For a chapter to receive the Key Chapter Award, they must have achieved the highest possible standards, including completing all activity and service requirements. Applications are then reviewed by the Golden Key’s International Leadership Council.

In addition to receiving annual funding from the international headquarters, George Mason’s chapter will receive $500 and a plaque commemorating the accomplishment.

Events hosted by the Mason chapter included the “Better World Book Drive,” which collected more than 1,000 books and was second overall in the nation for the event. The “Girls with Books Benefits Gala” raised more than $1,600 and used the funds to purchase thousands of pencils, pens and notebooks for girls in Afghanistan, allowing them to continue their education with the necessary supplies to be successful.

Primary chapter advisor Pamela Allen, director of the Office of Academic Integrity, also enlisted the chapter to help with the annual Academic Integrity Week. It was the most successful turnout since the event’s inception, she says.

Lisa Snyder, a Golden Key honorary member and associate director for Mason’s Leadership, Education and Development Office, nominated the chapter for the award, writing that the chapter “was very committed to the growth and development of their students. The university is so incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing group of students who are truly committed to academics, leadership and service on our campus,” she said.

Golden Key International Honor Society was established in 1977 to recognize academic excellence for college students while encouraging their potential through academics, leadership and service, the organization’s so-called “Three Pillars.” With two million members and chapters in eight countries reaching 400 campuses, the organization is one of the largest collegiate organizations in the world.

Vihitha Thota currently serves as co-president of the George Mason chapter. “Ricky Tran, our president last year, was an outstanding leader and led our chapter to where we are today,” she says. “In doing so, he has left me big shoes to fill, and I hope we can make him proud this year.”

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