July 14, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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
Sigma Tau members will be on-hand to accept the awards at the
KDP 51st Biennial Convocation in Pittsburgh, Pa. this October.
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
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