La Verne Faculty Recognized for Years of Dedication to Students and Alpha Chi Honor Society

May 9, 2013 by University of La Verne

Four members of the University of La Verne faculty and administrative professional staff have received high honors for their selfless dedication to students in the Alpha Chi Honor Society.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Al Clark, Professor of English Dr. Jeffrey Kahan, Professor of Journalism Dr. George Keeler and Professor of Education & Director of Teacher Education Dr. Peggy Redman have served a combined 70 years as volunteer sponsors of the national college honor society.

Clark, Keeler and Redman were honored with 20 year service pins and Kahan with a 10 year service pin.

Additional La Verne sponsors include Assistant Dean, ROC Pam Bergovoy, Executive Director, CAPA Patti Noreen and Associate Dean of College of Business and Public Management Dr. Rita Thakur.

Alpha Chi admits students from all disciplines and is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors and graduate students. Qualifying students are issued an invitation for membership by their local institutional chapter based on their cumulative GPA. The California Theta Chapter at La Verne, which was sponsored by Professor of Spanish Emeritus Dr. Andrea Labinger in 1993, currently has about 1,000 members who joined over the last two decades.

“Alpha Chi National College Honor Society allows La Verne to recognize its highest performing upperclassmen/women and master’s degree students,” Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Al Clark said. “The University recognizes students in many ways, but Alpha Chi (and other honor societies) are the only way that we recognize student scholars as scholars. Alpha Chi is a special honor society, because it recognizes student scholars of all majors.”

Founded in 1922, there are now more than 300 chapters in nearly every state of the United States and in Puerto Rico, with more than 12,000 members inducted annually.

“Every induction ceremony includes students from La Verne’s Vandenberg Campus to its Irvine Campus and from its Oxnard Campus to its Ontario Campus,” Clark said.  “About half the students who join each year study at the Main Campus.”

Members of Alpha Chi are involved in every aspect of the organization including student representation on the National Council, chapter officer leadership, local chapter event planning, and presenting scholarly programs at regional and national conventions.

To learn more about Alphi Chi Honor Society, visit

For Media: Alisha Rosas, University of La Verne, Interim Public Relations Director, or 909-593-3511, ext. 4708.

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