Alpha Lambda Delta adds 300 members

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OU added about 300 members to the society – all of which are in the top 20 percent of their class.

By Shelby Tankersley

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is no sorority or fraternity: it’s an honor society for high achieving students at Oakland.

ALD is active all over the country. This year, OU added about 300 members to the society – all of which are in the top 20 percent of their class. They took on the motto of “Geek, not Greek” with their fellow inductees.

“We had too many members to fit in one ceremony so we had to have two this year,” Ginny Fielhauer, OU ALD president, said. “There were a little over 100 in each.”

This year’s induction was only part of ALD’s growing presence at OU. This year they were involved in many community service projects and presented speakers at their meetings.

To help carry on the success, this year’s group will soon have to take the lead. Fortunately, Fielhauer and Lisa Kassab, ALD vice president, said that this year’s group seems particularly excited to get involved in ALD.

“I think they’re really enthusiastic, I’ve been getting a lot of emails from them,” Fielhauer said.

The induction this year also welcomed the next academic year’s e-board, who will take charge of ALD in the fall semester.

While Kassab and Fielhauer said that the number of students inducted in the past few years is normally around the number of 300, they mentioned that ALD is growing in popularity due to the willingness and excitement that students have to join.

“We’re definitely getting more and more popular,” Kassab said. “When people get inducted or invited they get more excited because they know who we are. I think that’s how we’ve been getting over 300 almost every year.”

Because of the enthusiasm, members are more active in ALD events and meetings.

“The attendance at our meetings has doubled since last year,” Fielhauer said.

Before the new members can attend meetings, they must participate in the induction ceremony.

The induction featured the leaders of ALD and brief descriptions of the society. Despite the nerves, Fielhauer and Kassab said they thought their team did exceptionally well.

“It went better than we thought it would,” Kassab said. “We were really nervous, but everyone did really well when it came to saying what they needed to say when they needed to say it.”

With the success of the induction ceremonies, the new members of ALD prepare to be the new leaders of the society.