Alpha Lambda Delta, First-Year Honor Society at the U of M, Crookston Hosts Initiation Ceremony

ALD group 8151.jpgAlpha Lambda Delta recently held initiation for 22 students into the prestigious first-year honor society at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The initiation was held on Monday, March 29, 2010, in the Kiehle Auditorium.

The students initiated at the U of M, Crookston as part of Alpha Lambda Delta's Class of 2010 are Alisha Aasness,Fergus Falls, Minn.; Karen Carpenedo, Bessemer, Mich.; Jessica Charles, Belgrade Lakes, Maine; Thomas Chute, Aitkin, Minn.; Jensen Crots, Chesterton, Ind.; Amanda Flint, Aberdeen, S.D.; Maria Funk, Sebeka, Minn.; Matthew Green, Greenbush, Minn.; Trey Johnston, Angus, Minn.; Kelsey Kaiser, Streeter, N.D.; Chunhui Liu, Fuzhou Fujian, China; Margo McHugh, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; Tyler Nelson, Hinckley, Minn.; Nicole Origas, Lake Crystal, Minn.; Angela Peterson, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Melanie Rodriguez, Chanhassen, Minn.; Sara Scott, Spiritwood, N.D.; Chelsea Swenson, Fertile, Minn.; Jane Terry, Belmont, Mass.; Amy Van Treeck, Sheboygan  Falls, Wis.; Benjamin Williams, Excelsior, Minn.; and Samantha Zuck, Jamestown, N.D.

Eligibility for membership in the national honor society for first-year students is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better during the first term or year of college while a student is enrolled full-time. Less than 20% of college freshman achieve this high level of academic performance.  Alpha Lambda Delta is advised by Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and the Honors Program director, and Sara Kaiser, student experience and parent coordinator at the U of M, Crookston.

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Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

In the photo: Alpha Lambda Delta initiates (front row, seated l to r): Alisha Aasness, Karen Carpenedo, Jessica Charles, Thomas Chute, Amanda Flint, Maria Funk, Matthew Green, Trey Johnston, Samantha Zuck. Second row, standing: Kelsey Kaiser, Chunhui Liu, Margo McHugh, Tyler Nelson, Angela Peterson, Melanie Rodriguez, Sara Scott, Chelsea Swenson, Amy Van Treeck, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Sara Kaiser, Brian Dingmann, Ph.D. Not Pictured: Benjamin Williams and Jensen Crots, and two online students: Jane Terry, and Nicole Origas.

Contact: Sara Kaiser, advisor, Alpha Lambda Delta, 218-281-8527 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (