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June 30, 2005
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EMU's honor society wins ACE Award for excellence in education; sets Michigan record for three-time achievement

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's Pi chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi honor society has been named a 2005 ACE (achieving chapter excellence) Award winner for the third time, and is the only chapter in Michigan to achieve this distinction. The award will be presented at the biennial convocation Nov. 3 in Orlando, Fla.

The EMU chapter also won the ACE Award in 1999 and 2003. The award recognizes outstanding service activities, membership programming and society service.

"You just don't get two, and three (ACE Awards) is unbelievable," said EMU chapter adviser Elizabeth Johnson, associate professor of teacher education. "Receiving three awards is rare and it comes out of dynamic student membership and commitment. Certainly, our chapter's fathers (EMU professors Jerry Robbins and Thomas Gwaltney) have nurtured the chapter."

Established in 1995, the award is presented every two years for a chapter's superior achievement in programming, scholarship, promotion of chapter ideals, community outreach, professional and leadership development, and member participation.

The EMU chapter has 300 students, said Johnson, who cites the chapter's strategic planning, finances and the solid chapter foundation for their achievement this year.

EMU undergraduate, Mary Walsh, is an example of the excellent way the chapter prepares students for leadership roles, said Johnson. Walsh, a senior from Brighton, has delivered several keynote speeches for intermediate school districts.

The ACE award is given to the top five percent of 600 chapters worldwide. It qualifies the EMU chapter for the "ACE of the ACE" award, which will be announced at the November meeting.

To join the honor society, a student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, major in education and exhibit leadership qualities.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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