AMERICUS (Nov. 12, 2013)--Linda Randall and Talisha Lawson, co-advisors of the Georgia Southwestern State University Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, have received the 2013 Delta Bronze award.  

GSW’s Randall and Lawson receive award from first-year student honor society 

AMERICUS (Nov. 12, 2013)--Linda Randall and Talisha Lawson, co-advisors of the Georgia Southwestern State University Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, have received the 2013 Delta Bronze award. The award is in recognition of the efforts made by Randall and Lawson and for the 14% increase in membership since the 2011-2012 academic year.

The award letter from the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta remarked on this achievement saying, “In today's challenging economy and campus uncertainty, we understand that our chapters' advisors are making do with fewer resources, smaller staff, and less release time. Additionally, today's students are challenged by more opportunities and how to balance their time and financial resources. Despite these hurdles, your chapter has managed to continue to grow - a significant accomplishment for which you and your members deserve a hearty congratulations.”

Lawson added, “The increase in membership recognition goes to the first-year students for working hard and proving to be dedicated to their studies. The current members did a great job increasing their presence here on campus in order to make those students who get invited feel more inclined to join.”

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is the National Honors Society for First-Year Students. The Society was founded in 1924. Since then it has continued to encourage and acknowledge the academic success of first-year students; it now has over 260 chapters and has initiated over 850,000 students. To be invited to ALD, one must be a full-time student pursuing a baccalaureate degree with a 3.5 or higher GPA and be in the top 20% of the class during the first term or first year of study.

The GSW chapter of ALD was chartered in November 1976. Randall and Lawson have served as co-advisors since 2011.

Both Randall and Lawson have a close relationship with GSW’s freshmen. Randall, who has been the first year advocate for GSW since 2010, meets with every freshman and helps them transition into college by giving guidance about classes, study skills, and time management. Lawson is the general education advisor and one of the retention specialists on campus.

During her time at GSW as an undergraduate, Lawson was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta and felt that her experience could be used to help guide GSW’s current scholars.

“I am very proud of the chapter for receiving this award,” Lawson said. “We are excited about the increase in membership but we know there are even greater things in store for ALD here at GSW. We look forward to inducting a new class of scholars each Spring semester.”

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Caption--Linda Randall (left) and Talisha Lawson (right), who serve as co-advisors for GSW's Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, have received the 2013 Delta Bronze award. 

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