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August  19, 2009

Mortar Board chapter wins award

Augustana College Mortar Board Chapter president Jackie Celske displays the chapter's Silver Torch Award at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference.

Augustana College received the Silver Torch Award at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference July 24-26 in Chicago.

Augustana's Aglaia chapter of the national honor society was one of 67 outstanding chapters to receive the award, presented to chapters executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Silver Torch Award recipients are selected based on a review of national records, requiring that the chapter meet all of the national minimum standards and deadlines.

Chapter president Jackie Celske was present to accept the chapter's award.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 227 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation.

The Aglaia chapter at Augustana College was chartered in 1965 and currently has 24 members. It succeeded an Augustana Honors Society founded in 1940 for senior women. The name comes from one of the three Greek Graces, along with Euphrosyne and Thalia. Aglaia signifies "brilliance."

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include former President Jimmy Carter, former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.