The University of Northern Colorado's chapter of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, the Gold Key Club, was among the outstanding Mortar Board chapters honored at the 2013 Mortar Board National Conference, held this summer in Atlanta.
The chapter was one of only six chapters to be named a finalist for the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award, the top prize for a collegiate chapter. Finalists are chosen based on chapter operations, campus visibility, member participation, advising, communications and chapter projects.
Additionally, the chapter merited the Golden Torch Award, presented annually to the most successful chapters of Mortar Board. Recipient chapters must excel beyond minimum standards, accomplishing significant results in chapter management and contributing meaningful service to the alma mater. Two Project Excellence awards were also given to the chapter for its Virtual Book Drive fundraiser and its participation in the annual section project to clean up the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center in Colorado Springs.
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 held the honor of being initiated at 230 chartered chapters across the nation. Mortar Board provides its members with opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include professional football player and philanthropist Drew Brees, former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and award-winning actor Marion Ross. Learn more about Mortar Board at www.mortarboard.org.