Baton Rouge, La – April 11, 2016 – LSU student and New Orleans native, Madeline Munch, was awarded the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship for 2016-2017 academic year.
ALD is a national honor society for first year students, who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and rank in the top 20 percent of their class. Eligible students are invited to join ALD after their first semester or year at a university. TheLSU ALD Chapter is advised by LSU First Year Experience (FYE), a unit on campus dedicated to helping first year students’ transition to college. The LSU Chapter is co-advised by FYE director, Dr. Missy Korduner and Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising instructor, Mrs. Elva Bourgeois. The National office of ALD awards the James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship to members who are pursuing a credit bearing study abroad program to advance their academic studies.
Munch is currently a junior, in LSU Ogden Honors College, pursing a degree in English and a minor in classical civilization. Munch joined LSU’s ALD Chapter as a way to get involved on campus, but immediately felt it was the right society for her. “I appreciate honor societies because I am more academically focused, and it was nice to find a Chapter where I could connect with a group of people with the same mindset,” Much said. She believes it is her role as an active member to apply the ALD scholarship mindset in her daily life, and to help others embrace the same mindset to gain the same enjoyment from knowledge.
In addition to being an active member in ALD, Much is a member of LSU Phi Sigma Pi, an honor fraternity; she is a student in the Louisiana Service and Leadership Program(LASAL) designed to produce students to use their knowledge to effect change in Louisiana; and an intern at the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge.
Munch says that she frequently applies the values she has learned from being a member of ALD to her involvement on campus and within the community. “As an Honors College advocate, where I serve as Recruitment Co-Chair, I apply my ALD mindset by having the opportunity to orient freshman for their first semester in Honors College.” She continued, “One of the ideals of ALD is to help students develop that unique sense of themselves within a community and I bring that to Advocates in the honors community to help freshman find their footing.”
Munch plans to use her scholarship to participate in LSU Ogden’s Study Abroad trip to Greece in May of 2016. She is excited to experience the places that she has spent her college career learning about. Upon receiving the James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship, Munch has been inspired to apply the knowledge and experience she will gain in Greece to her leadership roles at LSU. She said: “I know I am going to get a lot out of spending time in another country and comparing their mindset and national focus to how we operate in the U.S. I feel that if you don’t come back and apply your experience in even some small way, then you are squandering all of the knowledge that you got there. It’s no good just for me alone, I have to spread and apply that global knowledge to leadership positions.”
For more information about LSU’s Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter or First Year Experience, contact FYE at 225-578-1188 or visit lsu.edu/fye.
FYE provides the resources and support that students need to make their first year at LSU a success. FYE offers programming for prospective and first year students, transfer students, and student veterans. For more information about FYE, please visit lsu.edu/fye.