UTSA Alpha Chi honor society members are shining stars at regional convention

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Paul Edwards III and Martha Wright at national conference

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(May 15, 2012) -- The Texas Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Chi at UTSA exemplified the Roadrunner Creed at the Alpha Chi Super Regional Convention in Baltimore, Md., in March. One of the main attributes of Alpha Chi National Honor Society is presenting scholarly programs at regional and national conventions. Students Martha Wright and Paul Edwards III were UTSA's shining stars at this year's regional convention. Of more than 200 individuals competing in various academic arenas, only 29 received prizes.

Martha Wright, chapter secretary and environmental science major, won honors for her contemporary bioethical Issues presentation, "Carbon: Past, Present, and Future." The presentation demonstrated Wright's passion for the subject matter and making the world a better place. Wright was elected chapter vice president for the coming academic year and looks forward to promoting scholastic excellence.

Paul Edwards III, chapter treasurer and biology major, was elected regional student representative to the Alpha Chi National Council Region 1, which encompasses 28 universities throughout most of Texas and portions of Oklahoma and New Mexico. Edwards has demonstrated commitment to UTSA students, but also the larger academic community. He will lead the Texas Alpha Pi chapter at UTSA as president in the coming year and lead Alpha Chi Region 1 as student representative for the next two years.

UTSA Alpha Chi members thank several UTSA community members for their support and hard work this year: Patricia A. Graham, executive director of special events and chapter sponsor; Charlin Jones, assistant director of special events and chapter co-sponsor; John Stewart, chapter president; Cheryl Morris, chapter vice president; Martha Wright, chapter secretary; Paul "Trey" Edwards III, chapter treasurer; and Melinda Darrow, chapter archivist.

Their dedication and support for service and academic events at UTSA and throughout the city helped the organization be selected an Alpha Chi Star Chapter. The group also was nominated for Alpha Chi's most prestigious award, the President's Cup, which is given only every two years to the chapter judged most outstanding. This is the first time the Texas Alpha Pi chapter was nominated since its inception at UTSA. The winner will be awarded at next year's national convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society that promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honors those who achieve this distinction. UTSA Roadrunners and Alpha Chi share many similar characteristics: high academic standards, integrity, respect, supporting the larger community through active engagement and supporting the advancement of ingenuity and creativity.