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Longwood Mortar Board chapter receives national award

September 20, 2010

Raechel Cipolla (left) and Jennifer Maynard of Geist holding their Silver Torch Award Raechel Cipolla (left) and Jennifer Maynard of Geist holding their Silver Torch Award

Longwood University's chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society for college seniors, has received its sixth Silver Torch Award.

The group, known at Longwood as Geist, was one of 77 chapters to receive the award that recognizes chapters that meet chapter management standards while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The chapter president and its vice president of service, Jennifer Maynard and Raechel Cipolla, respectively, accepted the award at the 2010 Mortar Board National Conference, held in late July in Chicago.

The Geist chapter also received this award in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2001. In 2006 and 2002 the chapter also received a Project Excellence Award from Mortar Board. Both awards recognize performance during the previous academic year.

To be accepted into Geist, one must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and be devoted to the principles of scholarship, leadership and service. The chapter, which dates to the 1920s, was chartered in 1993 and has 38 members. It sponsors Oktoberfest, an annual celebration of class and school spirit, and recently launched "Stuff the Bus," a program in which it is collecting gently used books for Prince Edward County Elementary School (PECES).

Books and monetary donations, which will be used to purchase books, are being collected at various locations on and off campus (including Sept. 16 at Wal-Mart, Sept. 17 at  Rock the Block, Sept. 23 at Kroger's, and Sept. 25 at Parents Weekend). The books are going into a Longwood van the chapter has borrowed. The books will be presented to the PECES principal and head librarian after the Oktoberfest parade Oct. 2.

Mortar Board, founded in 1918, is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The organization has 228 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members.