Mortar Board Chapter Receives National Awards

Oklahoma Baptist University's Zeta Chi Mortar Board chapter was among the outstanding groups to be honored for excellence, garnering multiple awards at the 2008 Mortar Board National Conference, July 25-27 in Columbus, Ohio.

Taylor Weaver, an OBU senior from Cassville, Mo., who serves as the current year president of Zeta Chi, accepted the chapter's awards.

The group was one of 27 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to outstanding chapters which are superb, timely and go above and beyond throughout the academic year. Golden Torch Award recipients are selected by a committee based on their devotion to Mortar Board's three key ideals of scholarship, leadership and service throughout the year.

"My main goal for the 2007-2008 school year was to receive a Golden Torch Award by implementing new events that promoted scholarship, leadership and service, increasing chapter size for the 2008-2009 school year, and creating more publicity and awareness of Mortar Board on OBU's campus," said Nathalie Jarufe, who served as Mortar Board chapter president last year. "I knew that in order to do that I would need a great deal of dedication and motivation from the Mortar Board officers and members, which absolutely happened throughout the course of the year."

Additionally, the Zeta Chi chapter was honored with the celebrated Most Improved Chapter Award, which annually recognizes a chapter that has achieved success during the year in re-establishing and re-invigorating programming and membership. The chapter was nominated for their continued achievement throughout the year by Dr. Justin K. Hardin, OBU's 2007-08 sponsor for the group. They were honored alongside another significantly improved chapter, Drury University in Springfield, Mo.

"I hope that the Mortar Board chapter at OBU continues to grow and to become more and more prestigious both at OBU and among Mortar Board chapters nationwide," Jarufe said.

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 226 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation. The Zeta Chi chapter at Oklahoma Baptist University was chartered in 1968 and currently has 45 members.

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 Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Learn more about Mortar Board at