Edward Waters College recently chartered a new chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and nine students were inducted as charter members in a virtual ceremony today.
Alpha Kappa Mu (AKM) is a general collegiate national honor society that was founded at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College (present-day Tennessee State University) in 1937 by Dr. George W. Gore, Jr., dean of the institution at the time. The society is open to college juniors and seniors who have achieved a level of distinction in their studies including a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
“The road to success is never easy but the hard work put forth will be worth it,” said Annik Segree, a senior majoring in biology. “I am grateful to become a member of Alpha Kappa Mu as it will provide great opportunities to connect with other scholars at different collegiate levels.”
“We are so pleased to launch our first chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society at EWC. This honor society will provide one vehicle for our outstanding students to be recognized on a national level for their exceptional scholarship. The chartering of this national honor society will also achieve the strategic vision of President and CEO A. Zachary Faison, Jr. by creating community, emphasizing critical and creative thinking across disciplines and fostering top-quality undergraduate research and creativity among our high achieving students,” shares Dr. Donna H. Oliver, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This honor society and these students are an example of the premiere academic excellence and eminence emerging at Edward Waters College.”
“The officers and members of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Incorporated enthusiastically welcome the Mu Phi Chapter located on the campus of Edward Waters College into its family. The purpose of the society is to promote high scholarship, to encourage sincere and zealous endeavors in all fields of knowledge and service. We congratulate the charter members and look forward to working with them and their advisors, Dr. Andrea M. Cummings and Dr. Felicia Wider-Lewis. We thank Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Dr. Donna H. Oliver and Dr. Stephanie G. Campbell for their support,” said Dr. Mollie Brown, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.
“The chartering of Alpha Kappa Mu at Edward Waters College is evidence of our demonstrable progression towards placing a heightened emphasis upon extraordinary scholarship and high student achievement amongst our Tiger students. I am proud of you for all of your hard work and dedication. Remember this forever and wear your letters with pride,” said President Faison while sharing a picture his 2001 induction into the Alpha Kappa Mu chapter at Albany State University. “I am part of you and you are part of me,” he stated to the new inductees in his closing remarks.
Currently, the society has approximately 92,000 members and 67 chapters. Alpha Kappa Mu is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, which is the Nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.
About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.