Mortar Board chapter receives national awards

The Gold Cord Mortar Board chapter at Fort Hays State University was honored for excellence at this year's Mortar Board National Conference in Chicago.

The group was one of 84 chapters to receive the national Silver Torch Award presented to chapters meeting national standards of scholarship, leadership and service while meeting all national reporting deadlines and supporting Mortar Board’s national project, Reading is Leading.

The Gold Cord chapter was represented at the conference by President Anthony Rohr, Colby senior.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. It is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.

Some of the projects the chapter was involved in are the annual faculty dunk tank, Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat, the Top Professors Dinner, Christmas tree decorating at the Hays Area Children Center, a book drive and selling flowers at graduation.

"This is a special group of people and they are extremely motivated and willing to do anything to help their community and school," said Rohr. "This year we have set our goals to work for the Gold Torch Award, which narrows the field to the top 10 schools.  Kansas State University usually competes at this level, and we are on a good track to be up there with them."

Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 229 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members worldwide. The Gold Cord chapter at FHSU was chartered in 1971.

For more information, contact Rohr by e-mail at

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