The NDSU chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society was recognized for the eighth consecutive year at the organization’s 2012 international conference July 26-29 in Atlanta for being a Gold-level chapter, which is the highest status possible.
The conference’s theme was “Stand Out. Stand Up. Stand Together.” A total of 565 delegates attended what was the society’s 35th anniversary. Representing NDSU were Sarah Anderson, chapter president; Bonnie Cooper, adviser; and Ranganathan Jasothan, vice president of finance. Anderson is from Bismarck, N.D., and is a first-year professional pharmacy student. Cooper was a chartering officer of the chapter at NDSU and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication from NDSU. Jasothan is a senior from Jaffna, Sri Lanka, majoring in business management.
NDSU also was one of 27 chapters to receive a Key Chapter Award. Any chapter that attained Gold status during the 2011-12 academic year was eligible to apply for the award.
On April 24, Cooper gave the keynote address, titled “Involvement is the Key to Success,” at the Golden Key induction ceremony at the University of North Dakota. She told attendees their participation in a variety of activities will lead to unexpected opportunities and rewarding experiences.
The NDSU Golden Key chapter also is scheduled to co-host a Read for the Record event Oct. 4 in the Herberger’s Court at West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo.
With more than 400 chapters, Golden Key International Honour Society was founded in 1977. Students in the top 15 percent of their class are invited to join. The NDSU chapter was established in 1995 and has received numerous regional and international awards, including Best New Chapter, Key Chapter and Honorable Mention Key Chapter.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.