Association of College Honor Societies


Social Responsibility - Award Recipients

Adopted February 19, 2010


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Award Recipients 2014-2015

Sigma Delta Pi and Kappa Delta Pi, University of Houston-Downtown – Spanish Spelling Bee
This project will promote education through the organization of a Spanish Spelling Bee at the University of Houston-Downtown. Elementary school students who are in bilingual education programs will be invited to participate, as will students at UHD who are taking classes in the Spanish program. 

NSCS, University of Hawaii at Mānoa – Fostering aloha 'aina at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa
To foster "aloha 'āina" (love for the land), NSCS student members will work with the Honors Student Organization, Golden Key, and Regents and Presidential Scholars on a series of three events to learn Native Hawaiian concepts, traditional farming methods, and cultural values by doing work that connects participants to the land. The first involves working at the Lyon Arboretum in invasive plant removal, cleanup, and planting. The second event will take place at the Ka Papa Lo'i o Kānewai lo'i (fields) where the native Hawaiian plant taro (or kalo) is grown using traditional Hawaiian farming methods. Students will learn about maintaining the fields (lo'i), become familiar with the water cycle and cultural practices, and will re‐mound earth around individual plants, clear the water system, and pick leaves for fertilizer. The third event is a beach cleanup with Waikiki Aquarium, where removal of invasive algae and other cleanup efforts will enable students to make a visible difference in the health of the coral reef and adjacent beach environments. The projects follow the Native Hawaiian tradition of learning by doing.

Pi Delta Phi and Sigma Delta Pi, University of Central Florida – Who's Who in the Francophone and Hispanic Community of Central Florida: An exhibit and website project
This tri-lingual (French, Spanish and English) project will advance undergraduate and graduate students in their understanding of the fabric of their local international community by gathering, researching, analyzing, recording, interpreting and disseminating findings to the UCF community and to the Central Florida community at large.  Direct interviews and research with local Francophone and Hispanic communities will be gathered and placed in thematic databases forming a timeline of contributions to the central Florida area. The contribution of the Francophone and Hispanic populations of Central Florida will be highlighted to educate students and the community at large.

Alpha Kappa Delta, Phi Beta Delta, Keene State University – Education, Health, Technology and Vaccines
A fundraising campaign and educational events will explore access to and attitudes towards vaccination within a local and global context. A screening of the PBS Nova episode, "Vaccines-Calling the Shots" will kick off fundraising for the United Nations "Shot @ Life" campaign to provide vaccines for children in impoverished countries. Students will research the issue and generate educational posters for local pediatrician offices and daycares about the importance of vaccinations locally and abroad. At the end of the campaign, a closing event will feature local experts discussing vaccines, health and the media.

Award Recipients 2013-2014

Alpha Chi, Saint Vincent College – Creating a Community through Meals
The project collaborators are Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the Visionaries of H.O.P.E. student organization. The project will address food scarcity experienced by elderly and low-income families in the community and build a strong and affirming fellowship among attendees who are served a full course meal. The project also will provide goodie bags of food and toiletries for the elderly and families to take home.

Alpha Chi, Oklahoma City University – Earth Day Water Conservation Fair
The project collaborators are Beta Beta Beta honor society and Oikos Scholars Program. The project will focus on water sustainability, promote the Oklahoma City water program—Squeeze Every Drop, and educate citizens about the importance of conserving water.

Alpha Chi, Texas State University – Bobcat Blend composting project
The project collaborators are Pi Alpha Xi honor society and Bobcat Blend Composting Club. The project will involve students in directing the waste audits, collections, and management of the composting site as well as expand campus education of students.

Alpha Beta Gamma, CUNY Queensborough Community College – Food Drive for Food Pantry for Hour Children and Financial Literacy Workshop
The project collaborators are Phi Theta Kappa honor society, STEM Student Club, and Student Government. The project will collect food for the Hour Children Food Pantry that serves incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children and will raise campus awareness of the issue of hunger in the Queens community as well as the challenges faced by families dealing with incarceration. The financial literacy workshop will serve women in the Hour Children program.

Award Recipients 2012-2013

The Alpha Kappa Mu chapter at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, sponsored a community service project designed to address literacy and support community awareness in underserved populations in the city of Memphis. The Reading Around the Community (RAC) program currently operates inside a community exclusively for senior citizens.  Residents gather in the multi-purpose room where group reading sessions are held one day each month. View their report here.

Eta Upsilon chapter of Sigma Delta Pi at Illinois state University, along with members of Pi Delta Phi, worked with Habitat for Humanity painting sheds for local families moving into the Bloomington-Normal area. Working with Habitat for Humanity also provided an opportunity for the campus to explore and promote the Seven Wonders of the Socially Responsible World. Through this event, they were able to encourage members, other students and faculty of Illinois State University to reach out to the community. Read the full report.

Alpha Kappa Mu's chapter at Youngstown State University worked together with local organizations that are trying to solve issues related to access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the Youngstown area. The students helped Goodness Grows and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) fulfill their community based missions by providing a day of volunteer work where they helped prepare community gardens for the growing season and assisted in demolishing a garage. Activities included, tilling garden beds, planting seeds and seedlings, adding compost and weeding and cleaning up litter. View their full report.

Chi Zeta chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma at Athens Technical College completed a Sole4Souls project, donating $475 to the national office. "The Soles4Souls project provided an opportunity for student groups to collaborate on a project with global implications. It was a valuable method that developed comradery among student groups on campus as they worked towards a common goal, by helping people in need around the world." Read their project completion report.

The Sigma Delta Pi chapter at Abilene Christian University collected basic elements of everyday life to supply to the Internation Rescue Committee in Abilene, from where the directors distributed these necessities to refugees in need. The students benefited from this project by 'fulfilling their mission as a Christian institution, developing knowledge of other cultures and other peoples, developing empathy, collaborating in the pursuit of "justice for all", becoming globally aware, and practicing social responsibility'. Read more about the activities involved in this presentation.

The Sigma Delta Pi chapter at Azusa Pacific University organized Vivamos La Fair, a commnuity event promoting Spanish culture and the use of the Spanish language. A full report on the event can be found here:

Award Recipients 2011-2012

Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha Theta Chapters at Fresno Pacific University collaborated in offering a seminar-based gathering focusing on educating and informing university students about 'HOW TO GET INTO GRADUATE SCHOOL'. Participants learned about how to choose graduate schools and how to communicate their qualifications and interests. 

Alpha Chi Faculty:                        Phi Alpha Theta Faculty:

Fay Nielsen                                     Pamela Johnston
Marshall Johnston
Peng Wen
Ruth Dahlquist

Award Recipients 2010-2011

Pi Gamma Mu Chapter, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY
This grant will implement a healthy eating/mentoring program conducted by students of the St. Joseph's College for the young people of the Montfort Therapeutic Residence. The program will also include other students at St. Joseph's College as mentors. The purpose of the program will be to promote healthy eating options. Using a hands-on approach, participants of the program will learn how to prepare healthy meals along side their student mentor and under the watchful eye of supervising adults. Report: The project was completed February 21, 2011 in a joint venture with the Psi Chi Chapter. Thanks to advisers Dr. Barbara Morrell and Dr. Paul Hawryluk.

Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
This grant, titled Operation Veterans Outreach, will provide personal care items to maintain overall general health and hygiene to clients of the Veterans Outreach Center. In addition, the project will replenish items for the Food Bank conducted by the Center. Report: This project was completed in May 2011 in a joint venture with Phi Theta Kappa. Thanks to adviser Linda Bolduc.

Alpha Epsilon Delta Chapter, Roanoke College, Salem, VA
This grant will dedicate the work of 10 organizations and one academic class to helping the Roanoke Valley by establishing ways to maintain collaboration across campus groups and organizations to reach out to needy families during crisis. Beyond gaining much needed leadership experience on health topics, the students of AED will gain patient contact with some of the most severe cases in the Roanoke Valley. Through this project Roanoke College will gain a strong reputation within the community, and the collaboration to reach larger goals is a valued outcome for the institution. One special need is to help a local boy named Drew Bennett who suffers form Pseudo-Obstruction disorder and his family to pay for medical bills. Report: This project was completed in April 2011 in a joint venture with Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta chapters. Thanks to adviser DorothyBelle Poli. The following Roanoke College student organizations participated: Biology Club, Student Association of the American Chemical Society, Students Interested in Health Careers, Intervarsity Club, Fraternity Council, and Panhellenic Council. Also participating was Greg Shaff's Business 210 "Entrepreneurship" class.

Alpha Epsilon Delta Chapter, Hawaii Pacific University
This grant will address social responsibility innovation/technology by operating the HPU Aquaponics Facility, which employs fish culture water to fertilize the plants. The plants, in turn, will filter and clean the fish water that will be recycled and pumped back into the fish tank. The specific project for 2010-11 is to install a rainwater catchment and photovoltaic system that will allow the Facility to be completely self-sufficient and run completely off the grid. Thus, this project contributes to a green and sustainable campus.

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Award Recipients 2009-2010

The following societies have engaged numerous partners, including other honor societies and student organizations.

Alpha Chi, Blackburn College – The Blackburn College Re-Cycle Program, a pilot project in environmental stewardship – This project addresses transportation by developing a campus program to provide bicycles to students for a very low fee. The idea is to charge a $20 deposit and return $10 if the bicycle is returned in reasonable condition. Bicycles will be obtained through auctions and police departments that impound abandoned bicycles. The project is designed to cut fuel consumption and air pollution.

Alpha Chi, Tougaloo College – Go Green Initiative – This project will build upon a program begun last year to put containers for recycling paper and plastic on campus. Five bins for recycling paper, plastic, and metal will be built with the help of instructions found online. An additional component of the project is to educate students, staff, and faculty about the importance of changing the culture from "litter" to "clean and green." The motto of the project is "Re-educating for Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling."

Pi Gamma Mu, Washington & Jefferson College – The Seven Wonders of a Socially Responsible World – The project will promote the notion of social responsibility among students and enhance students' understanding of society outside campus. Activities will be conducted to support Animal Friend's Inc. and Homeless Children's Education Fund.

Alpha Chi, East Central University – Prosperity Workshop – The purpose of the three-hour workshop for the Ada (OK) community is to promote the prosperity element of the Seven Wonders by focusing on domestic violence (a major barrier to women's prosperity in the community), nutrition, and job skill training, including interviewing tips and resume writing.

Alpha Epsilon Delta, Stevens Institute of Technology – Health-Bioethics – Bioethics topics will be presented, discussed, and debated among students, faculty, and the campus community. After a series of presentations and discussions during fall 2009, a topic will be chosen and debated in March 2010. Bioethics awareness among students and campus community is the top priority. It is the social responsibility of everyone to be aware, discuss, and debate the bioethical implications of healthcare topics.

Psi Beta, Community College of Denver – Homelessness – This project addresses the concerns about homeless students and the homeless on the open campus. The project includes three elements: collection of data to educate students and college officials, connect those in need to available services, and submit recommendations to address the problem of classmates who ride the light rail all night to stay warm or couch surf in public areas.

Psi Beta, Palm Beach Community College – AIDS Prevention – To help prevent and hinder the spread of AIDS the project will support PBCC's Student Activity AIDS Day event in December. During this event and during a weeklong campus event in March/April, there will be free HIV testing and promotion of safe sex. A National AIDS Walk will be supported as well.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, University of Wyoming – Health – The project will conduct a blood drive and an educational campaign to encourage social responsibility. From the seven wonders, the health standard states, "all the worlds' peoples have access to . . . medicines and health care when they are ill."

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Award Recipients 2008-2009

The following societies have engaged numerous partners, including other honor societies and student organizations.

Alpha Chi, University of Arkansas at Monticello - Community Service to Drew County Arkansas Museum - This project will enhance, reorganize, and repair exhibits and host a scholarly presentation by noted historians at the Museum. This project will preserve the history of the Mississippi Delta region and will promote the importance of higher education and community service.

Alpha Chi, Evangel University - Livestock for Impoverished in the Heartland - A campus-wide program will feature residence hall teams that compete on education trivia, in recycling, and an intramural tournament to earn points, which translate into donations of livestock to a third-world country. This project raises campus awareness of social responsibility while fostering campus-wide community and spirit.

Alpha Chi, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - Three mini-summits will be conducted by corporate, educational, and professional leaders to focus on the role of education in social responsibility. Each presenter will discuss ethical behavior and engage students in exploration of case studies to identify acceptable resolutions to real-life problems.

Alpha Chi, Westminster College, Fulton, MO - Head Start Project - This project will host a few work days to clean-up outdoor playground, perform preventative maintenance on outdoor equipment, clean and sort indoor toys and educational materials, host a campus-wide book and toy drive to replenish resources, and host a Play and Learn event for interested families.

Alpha Kappa Mu, Albany State University - Project Friend: Financial Responsibility, Independence, Empowerment, Networking - This project related to economic security will focus on time management, education about wise use of credit cards, credit score management, identity theft, personal financial budgeting, bank accounts vs. check cashing services (with local banks participating).

Mortarboard, Lenoir-Rhyne University - Education and Environment - "Little Read Project" - This project is a community endeavor to encourage literacy for all ages. Students will volunteer as reading partners for elementary children. "Environmental Project" - This project is intended to increase campus awareness of and participation in the already existing recycling project that has not met its potential.

Kappa Omicron Nu, Meredith College - Sustainability Movement - This project will support the campus sustainability movement by providing enhanced communication through flyers, electronic messages, and sidewalk chalk notes. Students will become more informed about sustainable issues, practices, and how to participate in "greening" the campus.

Lambda Pi Eta, Wittenburg University, Springfield, OH - Rehabilitation of Snyder Park (a neglected environment) - This project will enhance the relationship of the community and college residents. This effort supports the Center for Civic and Urban Engagement efforts to focus on revitalization through partnership between the campus and community.

Pi Sigma Alpha, Purdue University - Annual Spring Fest Event - This project focuses on civic literacy and citizenship and provides hands-on activities for children and distribution of Bill of Rights bookmarks and pocket-sized constitutions to adults. Other activities will encourage interaction with congressional representatives.

Pi Theta Epsilon, University of South Alabama - Development of a Constraint Induced Clinic for Adults and Pediatrics. This project will provide students the opportunity to learn how to set up a therapy clinic as well as implement classroom learning by treating actual clients with direct supervision of faculty members. This project benefits the community because it fills a need. (Constraint Induced Therapy is aimed at making improvements in quality and amount of movement of arms and hands in daily living.)

Sigma Delta Pi, Texas Tech University - Promoting Peace and Security through Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration - This project includes 10 different cultural groups and honor societies to conduct a lecture/workshop series. Participants will benefit from understanding each other's culture and reality and learn from the experts in the practice of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

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The “seven wonders” for the ACHS Chapter Leadership Project are based upon the following reference: Sachs, J. (2008). Common wealth: Economics for a crowded planet. New York: Penguin Press. See