The Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society is a great asset for any school seeking to support first-year students. Some research suggest membership in these groups can even support persistence to graduation. I know it seems that way as I watch the students form community and the sorts of bonds that help college feel like a home instead of a transitory state of limbo between high school and the work force.
In October, I was able to attend the my first leadership conference in Buffalo New York (see schedule). Two amazing student leaders – Bekah and Marissa – accompanied me and learned about everything from planning events, to public service, to leadership. I gave a presentation called Opportunities to Shine: Leadership, Service, and Professional Development. And it was wonderful meeting Board Members from campuses across the country. I will also say that the national headquarters director and staff are invested in the success of students everywhere. As I have learned more about the organization, I can honestly say that this isn’t one selling certificates and honor cords. It is an organization that gives back everything it can to its members and then some.
Here are some pics from the event, including our trip to Niagara Falls!
Travis L. Martin, PhD, is founding director of the Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has established several nationally recognized programs to support returning veterans in higher education and the non-profit sector. A scholar of American literature, psychoanalytic trauma theory, and social theory, Dr. Martin presents frequently at conferences and universities. He has published dozens of research articles and creative short works on veterans’ issues. A former sergeant in the U.S. Army, he served during two deployments in the Iraq War (2003-04 & 2005). His book War and Homecoming: Veteran Identity and the Post-9/11 Generation is slated for publication with the University Press of Kentucky in 2022. He resides in Richmond, KY.