USAO inducts nine students to elite honor society Local student honored with membership in Hypatia

USAO inducts nine students to elite honor society
Local student honored with membership in Hypatia

CHICKASHA, Okla. (April 27, 2017) – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently honored nine students for their academic achievements and service as they were inducted into Hypatia, USAO’s only campuswide honor society. Among those who accepted membership and were initiated was Alton Lowell of Bridge Creek, Okla.

Lowell is a senior at USAO. Founded in 1923 when the university was still the Oklahoma College for Women, the Hypatia honor society recognizes students who have shown exceptional academic achievements, character, integrity and service to the university and community. The honor society was named after the famous Greek mathematician Hypatia, one of the most renowned female scholars of antiquity.

“By inducting these students into USAO’s most elite honor society, we are acknowledging their outstanding dedication to our university’s unique mission” said President John Feaver. “Hypatia has a long history of distinguishing the very best and brightest out of the many stellar students we have at USAO. These inductees will join an exclusive group who carries on a proud tradition of excellence.”

The students were inducted during a recent awards luncheon attended by faculty, staff and family members. Current officers of Hypatia recognized each inductee’s many achievements and invited them to sign the membership book, which contains the signatures of every member of the elite honor society since its inception more than 90 years ago. Each student is also awarded a medal signifying their membership in Hypatia.

A special faculty committee selects students for Hypatia. It is not possible for any student to apply for membership in the honor society and the criteria for entry is not made public. Every inductee is a multiple trimester member of the USAO honor roll and/or the regents’ honor roll.

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About University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state’s only public liberal arts college with approximately 850 students. Its mission is to provide the public with a distinctive and accessible liberal arts and sciences education. In combining an interdisciplinary core curriculum with superior instruction in major fields of study, USAO aims to provide a thorough education that prepares students for meaningful, purposeful lives.

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