Mortar Board Chapter Wins National Gold Torch Honor

Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society presented a Gold Torch award to its chapter at The University of Alabama. The Gold Torch is a national distinction conferred annually upon the most outstanding chapters of Mortar Board. The chapter was one of 37 earning the honor. In 2016 the chapter received Mortar Board’s highest honor, the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award.

Recipients of the Gold Torch excel in all areas of chapter operations while promoting scholarship, leadership and meaningful service to their institutions. Mortar Board’s national president, Dr. Abigail Diehl, remarked, “We are extremely proud of our Gold Torch chapters. Their members set the bar for excellence as scholar-leaders on their campuses, and their innovative programming positively impacts their communities throughout the year.”

Chapter President Rose Lamberth, of Alexander City, accepted the award at the Society’s national conference held recently in Phoenix, Arizona. She follows in the footsteps of her sisters Kathryn and Jennifer who were presidents of UA’s Hypatia chapter in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

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 been initiated at 232 chartered chapters across the country. Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to institutions of higher learning and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.