HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Mortar Board chapter received three awards at the 2000 National Mortar Board Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, from July 27-30.
Shala Bannister, assistant professor of political science and justice studies, was awarded the National Excellence in Advising Award. The award recognizes Bannister's excellent service, guidance and support to FHSU's Gold Cord Leadership Organization Chapter of Mortar Board.
The chapter president wrote: "She was able to provide our chapter with the insight needed to operate in a successful manner. . . She goes the extra mile for our chapter and its members."
In addition, FHSU's 1999-2000 Mortar Board chapter received the Golden Torch Award. The award recognizes chapters that successfully meet all the minimum standards for the year and exceed the standards set for scholarship, leadership and service.
The FHSU chapter also received Mortar Board's Project Excellence Award for its Roaring About Reading Program. This award recognizes chapters that design and implement creative projects throughout the school year. Roaring About Reading allowed 85 children to attend a fun evening dedicated to the importance of reading. Each child and a parent enjoyed a story hour, song and dance and a lively presentation of "Where the Wild Things Are."
To finish up the evening, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity handed out free books for each child to take home with them.
Mortar Board, AmeriCorps, Smoky Hill Public Television and the Hays Public Library were all sponsors of the event.
Founded in 1918, Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.