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Mortar Board presents Gold Torch to NIU Chapter

September 16, 2016

Northern Illinois University chapter president Giselle Sanroman (right) receives the Mortar Board Gold Torch from section coordinator Candi Hironaka Pitts of Moscow, Idaho

Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society has presented a Gold Torch award to the Pleiades chapter at NIU. The Gold Torch is a national distinction conferred annually upon the most outstanding chapters of Mortar Board. Recipients of the Gold Torch excel in all areas of chapter operations while promoting scholarship, leadership and meaningful service to their institutions. 

Mortar Board’s national president, Abigail Diehl, Ph.D., remarked, “We are extremely proud of our Gold Torch chapters. Their members set the bar for excellence as scholar-leaders on their campuses, and their innovative programming positively impacts their communities throughout the year.” 

Chapter president Giselle Sanroman of Grayslake, IL, accepted this award at the Society’s national conference, held this summer in Indianapolis. This year, 36 chapters took home the Gold Torch. -30- Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, more than a quarter of a million members have been initiated at 231 chartered chapters across the country. Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to institutions of higher learning and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Mortar Board is proud to claim numerous industry leaders, university presidents, best-selling authors, professional athletes, award-winning actors and top government officials among its members. Learn more at For more information, please contact Jenni Szolwinski at [email protected] or 513-907-7485.