The Gold Key chapter at The University of Northern Colorado was among the outstanding chapters to be honored for their excellence at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference, held July 24-26.
The group was one of 67 outstanding chapters to receive the Silver Torch Award, presented to chapters executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Silver Torch Award recipients are selected based on a review of national records, requiring that the chapter meet all of the national minimum standards and deadlines.
Additionally, the chapter was among 28 groups to receive a Project Excellence Award, granted by a selection committee to chapters with notable projects in the areas of: scholarship, leadership, fundraising, service, the national "Reading is Leading" literacy initiative, alumni involvement, or Mortar Board Week. The chapter was honored with their regional group, Section 22, for their section project, "Garden of the Gods,"held in conjunction with Colorado State University, The Colorado College, The University of Denver and the University of Wyoming. This is the sixth consecutive year the section has participated in this project to clean up the Garden of the Gods, a beautiful public park in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chapter President Stephanie Wolfram was present to accept the chapter*s awards.
Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes 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 227 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation. The Gold Key chapter at The University of Northern Colorado was chartered in 1972 and currently has 29 members.