PLU Earns Prestigious Mortar Board Chapter
PLU is populated with outstanding student leaders and meaningful, campuswide ways to recognize them—from Emerging Leaders to the Ubuntu Award and Pinnacle Society—but until now, there was no opportunity for national recognition.
That’s where Mortar Board comes in.
PLU now has its own chapter of the premier national honor society, which recognizes college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Each chapter nationwide creates a cohort experience for students, who elect leadership positions and assume responsibility for ongoing programs and service.
PLU Mortar Board dates
Feb. 10: Nomination solicitations begin as the list of eligible students becomes available. Nominated students will be invited to submit an application.
March 7: Application deadline.
Week of April 14: Selected students will be informed—or, traditionally, “tapped”—by current Mortar Board members.
Early May: New members will participate in orientation.
May 12: Formal induction ceremony during the Celebration of Leadership.
For more information: https://www.plu.edu/student-involvement/student-leadership-recognition/mortar-board/.
1. Student Leader Mentor Program. Chapter members will, in collaboration with university offices and programs, identify emerging student leaders and serve as mentors who provide advice, encouragement and resource navigation during regularly scheduled meetings.
2. Student Leadership Series. Chapter members will contribute to an annual student leadership series by planning and presenting several workshops.
3. Together with Parkland. Each spring, the chapter will coordinate an event that will bring together the PLU campus and the Parkland community.
4. Senior Leadership Reflections. The chapter will coordinate a senior leadership reflection event wherein members share their PLU story, including the scholarship, leadership and service experiences that have shaped their learning.
5. America Reads. The chapter will support PLU’s America Reads program, which aims to improve childhood literacy through service in five area elementary schools as part of the schools’ reading programs. America Reads also supports Mortar Board’s national Reading is Leading initiative.
In late November, word arrived that the petition had been granted.
The next step is to build PLU’s chapter; the inaugural Mortar Board will be inducted in May 2014.
Here’s how it works: Current juniors with a 3.5 cumulative GPA are eligible for Mortar Board membership. (This year, PLU also will induct honorary members who are current seniors.) Eligible students will be invited to submit an application and résumé beginning Feb. 10. Once selected, students will participate in an orientation and the formal induction. Then, during their senior year, inducted students will be active members in the society, contributing to campus life and the community through programs and service.