Golden Key National Honor Society Achieves Gold Level

The Golden Key International Honor Society chapter at Eastern Kentucky University has won the Gold Level of Chapter Standards for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Dr. James Wells, chapter adviser and a professor in EKU’s School of Justice Studies, noted that Golden Key is “one of the most prestigious and most difficult honor societies to get into. Only the top 15 percent of each class are invited to join. To be eligible this year, graduate students and seniors had to have a perfect 4.0 GPA, juniors a 3.68 GPA, and sophomores a 3.7 GPA.”

“We were able to send five EKU students to the International conference in Boston,” Wells said. “In addition, at the conference, we were one of a handful of university chapters that were chosen to present a 90-minute workshop for all of the conference participants. Our chapter’s workshop was on how student organizations can collaborate with one another, social service agencies and non-profits on community service projects.”

Wells also noted that EKU’s Golden Key Chapter actively participates and interacts with the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, the Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association, the federal women’s prison at FMC Lexington, FMC Community Relations Board, as well as multiple domestic violence shelters, nursing homes, Section 8 Housing Developments, VA Centers, and other community organizations.

As a result of receiving the Gold Chapter Standing, the chapter qualifies to apply for the Key Chapter Award, which recognizes chapters who exemplify outstanding achievements and/or contributions in the areas of Golden Key’s three pillars of academics, leadership, and service.   “In order to apply for this award next year, we must continue to plan events and make a difference on campus,” Wells said.

To earn Gold Level status, the EKU chapter in the last year hosted a new member recognition event, completed two education service projects and three community service projects, hosted a Better World Books Drive, and participated in Global Youth Day and Make a Difference Day.

Published on August 29, 2014

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