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Mortar Board Success Built on USD’s Emphasis on Service

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The University of San Diego’s Mortar Board chapter was honored for its excellence at the national organization’s convention this summer. Chapter President Hannah Levorsen and advisor Judith Lewis Logue were present to accept the chapter’s awards.

The group was just one of 22 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to outstanding chapters that are superb, well-run and exceed the minimum standards, accomplishing significant achievements in chapter management and contributing meaningful service to their institutions.

Levorsen attributes the chapter’s success to the university’s personalized education and emphasis on service.

“We choose members that exemplify service, scholarship, and leadership, and at USD there are a lot of students that meet those qualifications,” Levorsen said. “That means when we are going over applications for Mortar Board, we choose the best and end up with a group that has more experience helping and leading others than most universities.”

Additionally, the chapter was among the 19 groups that received a Project Excellence Award, for the Mortar Board Lecture Series, which featured civil rights advocate James McElroy.

The chapter was also a finalist for Mortar Board’s highest national honor for a collegiate chapter: the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award. This award is presented to the nation’s most exceptional chapter.  USD’s chapter received the award in 2006.

Mortar Board is a national honor society for college seniors in the top 35 percent of their class. The society recognizes in its members the qualities of scholastic achievment, outstanding leadership, and dedicated service to the university and community. The Alcalá Senior Honor chapter at University of San Diego was chartered in 2000 and currently has 30 members.

— Shannon Cajka ‘10

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