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UHV education honor society well established after first year

April 6, 2013 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.

Students and area teachers take part in an induction ceremony a year after the University of Houston-Victoria chapter of Kappa Delta Pi started.

NEW MEMBERS

UHV students and area teachers inducted this spring were:

Bay City - Victoria Loose, Rebecca Richardson

Cuero - Alaina Reamy

El Campo - Denise Anderson

Friendswood - Jessica Cranfield

Katy - Jennifer Barker, Silvia Bellota, Lauren Garcia, Monika Saadsourd

Kenedy - Jeffrey Hartsfield

Port Lavaca - Kassie McBride

Richmond - Brittany Reyes, Jeannette Vasquez

Rosenberg - Sylvia Santos, Paula Sierra, Rhonda Vela

Sugar Land - Kimberly Rogers, Carmen Ybarra

Victoria - Markie Alaniz, Rebecca Duke, Alycia Medrano, Amy Reyna

Weimar - Kimberly Gilliam

Wharton - Randall Steiner

A year after the first members were inducted into the University of Houston-Victoria Alpha Zeta Lambda chapter, 24 more students and teachers have joined the organization.

The group is part of the international education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.

The third group of members was inducted in February at the UHV University Center. The chapter now totals 90 active members in Victoria and Fort Bend counties.

"It's been a busy year for the honor society," said Blair Kelly, Alpha Zeta Lambda co-president. "We have come a long way in establishing the organization, so now we are able to host more events and recruit new members."

Kelly said the group is hoping to reach some of the younger UHV education students who are eligible, so they can become members earlier in their college careers.

Invitations to join the honor society are extended to education majors who have completed at least 30 semester hours and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

The next initiation will be at Cinco Ranch during the fall.

"Being a part of an honor society like this allows our members to improve their resumes," Kelly said. "And when they plan honor society events, they can use some of those skills in their future classrooms."

Initiation is just the beginning for new members. The chapter does multiple service projects in Victoria and Katy to help the community and bring members together.

The organization recently participated in Literacy Alive!, an international service initiative that brings literacy awareness to the community.

The UHV chapter also held an event at the Children's Discovery Museum. It gave parents a night out while their children participated in literacy activities such as making books.

Members also are participating in Relay for Life and partnering with the Children's Discovery Museum by offering games during Victoria's JamFest on April 20.

Kappa Delta Pi is an unique organization at UHV because it combines students from two different teaching locations. Members include students, faculty members, administrators and teachers from area school districts.

The organization's advisers include Amy Barnhill, assistant professor in the School of Education & Human Development; and Steve Trowbridge, retired professor in the School of Education & Human Development.

For more information about the UHV chapter of Kappa Delta Pi and click here.

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