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NIU Mortar Board chapter wins national award

September 14, 2010

Logo of NIU Pleiades Chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor SocietyThe Pleiades chapter at NIU was among the outstanding chapters honored for its excellence at the 2010 Mortar Board National Conference held in July in Chicago.

The group was one of 77 chapters to receive the Silver Torch Award, presented to chapters meeting chapter management standards while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

Chapter President Adam White and advisers Jonathon Ferguson and Emily Gamble were present to accept the chapter’s award.

Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 228 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation.

The Pleiades chapter at Northern Illinois University was chartered in 1971 and currently has 66 members. Chapter leaders also are launching a new NIU alumni group with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include distinguished politician Condoleezza Rice, Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees and Suzy’s Zoo creator Suzy Spafford.

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