Mortar Board Chapter Receives Award

Oklahoma Baptist University’s Zeta Chi chapter of Mortar Board received the Silver Torch Award for the 2006-2007 academic year at the organization’s recent national conference in Columbus, Ohio.

The OBU chapter was given the award for “their timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.”

Mortar Board is a national honor society which recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. OBU’s Zeta Chi chapter was founded in 1968.

Nathalie Jarufe, Mortar Board president, was present to accept the award on behalf of the group.

“It was great to meet other students from across the country and the presidents from other chapters of Mortar Board,” said Jarufe.

This year’s members of OBU’s Mortar Board chapter will visit Shawnee elementary schools and read to students as part of Mortar Board’s “Reading is Leading” national project. At the end of the academic year, Mortar Board will collect unused textbooks from OBU students. The textbooks will then be sent to Worldfund to be distributed throughout Latin America.

According to the organization’s website, 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, Secretary of State

Condoleeza Rice, Lance Armstrong and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.