Alpha Rho Chi students recognized with national award

November 3rd, 2014 Comments Off on Alpha Rho Chi students recognized with national award

(Via APX media release)

The Alpha Rho Chi Grand Council recognized the dedication and hard work of two student members from Mississippi State University (MSU) on October 18, 2014. Melinda Ingram and Sang Nguyen received the National Fraternal Service Award for their efforts developing and supporting national fraternity projects and mentoring other student members at universities across the country. The award is presented in the form a gold lapel pin modeled on the fraternity’s crest and is worn alongside the fraternity’s badge.

Ingram and Nguyen, students of MSU’s architecture program and members of the university’s Hippodamus Chapter, spent the previous year applying research, problem solving and creativity skills to formulate guidelines and plans in support of the fraternity’s ritual. Ingram was a key member of a team researching patterns and fabric types – and developing detailed sewing instructions – used for costuming. Nguyen worked with other student members to design and test materials and construction methodologies for building props. When finalized in 2015, all student chapters will use these guidelines and plans in support of the fraternity’s commitment to a safe and purposeful initiation experience.

“Melinda and Sang have made a great impact on our teams’ progress toward developing resources for the entire fraternity,” said council member and Grand Lecturer Scott Swanson. “Their responsiveness and willingness to help others exemplifies Alpha Rho Chi’s spirit of service to its members and emphasizes our focus on experiential learning.”

Ingram and Nguyen also mentored student members at three recently installed chapters, helping those students learn how to create their own materials for the first time while promoting concepts like risk management and safety. Both worked with students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in Minneapolis; NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Calif.; and Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga. Ingram and Nguyen continue their roles working with the Grand Lecturer and other project teams.

Alpha Rho Chi, a member of the Professional Fraternity Association, is the national fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. The brotherhood unites men and women for the purpose of fellowship and lifelong friendships and mutual interest in professional development. Founded in 1914, the student and alumni brothers study and practice architecture, interior design, architectural engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture and related disciplines.
The fraternity is located at 30 schools of architecture across the United States and perpetuates through the all-volunteer services of its alumni, student and faculty members.

Read the story on MSU’s site.

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