Mount’s Kappa Delta Pi earns fourth ACE Award

July 14, 2017

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Veronica Malloy of Millbrook, N.Y. (standing, center), president of Mount Saint Mary College’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, will be given the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award in October. She is seen here teaching a literacy course for children at the Newburgh Ministry.


Mount Saint Mary College’s Sigma Tau Chapter 451 of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, recently earned its fourth Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) award.

“This is quite an accomplishment, as this award is only given to Kappa Delta Pi chapters that demonstrate excellence in membership, leadership development, and programming in support of the society’s mission and strategic goals,” explained Laura K. Perkins, director of membership and chapter services for the international Kappa Delta Pi Society.

The ACE award is only given to 22 chapters out of 600 in the country.

Sigma Tau members will be on-hand to accept the awards at the KDP 51st Biennial Convocation in Pittsburgh, Pa. this October.

ACE awards Also at the convocation, another honor will be bestowed upon Ludmila Smirnova, Mount professor of education and KDP faculty counselor: Smirnova has been named the 2016-2017 O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award winner. Given to one KDP counselor a year, this award honors chapter counselors who demonstrate outstanding leadership of their chapters, mentorship of chapter student leaders, personal scholarship, professional development, and service.

RIGHT: Ludmila Smirnova, Mount professor of education and faculty advisor for the college’s Sigma Tau Chapter 451 of Kappa Delta Pi, will receive the organization’s O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award in October.

Finally, Kappa Delta Pi chapter president and recent Mount graduate Veronica Malloy of Millbrook, N.Y. will be given the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award.

“The fact that [the Mount’s] Sigma Tau has been so consistently strong reflects the hard work that each generation of officers has made to pass on its programs and process to the next, continuing a tradition of esprit de corps and excellence that gets better over time,” Smirnova said. “This year’s officers… took major leaps forward in working with the community and advancing training and literacy programs.”

Smirnova also thanked Sonya Abbye-Taylor, assistant professor of education and Mount KDP co-counselor, for her unwavering dedication to, and hard work for, the chapter.

Sigma Tau Chapter 451 is dedicated to service-learning in the local community. Recent efforts have included the long-running “Adopt a Family” program, where society members donate to families in need. Additionally, chapter members serve with the Mount’s Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL), which often holds family literacy programs at the Newburgh Ministry.

Kappa Delta Pi promotes excellence in, and recognizes outstanding contributions to, the field of education. The society endeavors to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship among its members, quicken professional growth, and honor achievement in educational work.

Mount students enjoy serving their community and cultivating their skills through a variety of honor societies, including: Alpha Chi, general excellence; Alpha Sigma Lambda, adult education; Beta Beta Beta, biology; Chi Alpha Epsilon, nontraditional students; Delta Mu Delta, business; Gamma Nu Eta, information technology; Gamma Sigma Epsilon, chemistry; Kappa Mu Epsilon, mathematics; Lambda Pi Eta, communications; Phi Alpha Theta, history; Psi Chi, psychology; Sigma Delta Pi, Hispanic studies; Sigma Tau Delta, English; Sigma Theta Tau, nursing; and Tau Upsilon Alpha, human services.