Memphis – For the third consecutive year, the Christian Brothers University (CBU) TN Theta chapter of Alpha Chi received the Star Chapter Award during the interdisciplinary honor society’s annual “super-regional” convention in Baltimore. Star Chapters must meet a number of criteria including attendance and presentations at regional or national conventions and an annual scholarly program sponsored on campus during the academic year. Over 400 delegates from 84 Alpha Chi chapters across the country were in attendance.
During this year’s convention, CBU chemistry and biology double major and TN Theta chapter president, Larry Anderson, presented “Synthesis of (Z)-4,4’-bis(iodoacetimide) stilbene as a Cross-linker in a Peptide Drug Delivery System.” Among approximately 200 presenters, Anderson was one of 29 winners who received the $100 prizes for making the best scholarly, creative, or artistic presentations in their fields.
Also at this year’s convention, Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology and Director of the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program, was elected Vice President of Region III.
The TN Theta chapter’s 2011 scholarly programs included collecting children’s books as part of the national service project Reading is Fundamental. The CBU chapter collected 233 books and will donate them locally. Some have already been given to Snowden School and the Hadley Head Start Program. In addition, the Chapter is working to raise money for Heifer International which works to help farmers in other countries purchase livestock.
Alpha Chi is a general honor society, admitting students from all academic disciplines that are among the top 10% of that institution’s juniors, seniors and graduate students. There are 300 chapters nationwide and more than 11, 000 members are inducted annually.