Recently Boston Area Endicott College initiated members of the first cohort of Iota Gamma Chi, the nation’s first honor society for Liberal Studies majors.
Three Endicott students have created what is believed to be the nation’s first honor society for Liberal Studies majors. Shannon Ferguson initiated the project after seeking to start a local chapter of a national Liberal Studies honor society. Finding that no such national organization exists, Shannon teamed up with fellow seniors Erin Fay and Kristen Micho to propose the creation of Iota Gamma Chi, a new honor society intended to bring recognition to Endicott’s Liberal Studies program and the impressive accomplishments of its majors. The students’ proposal gained widespread support, and the society received official approval from Endicott’s president, Dr. Richard Wylie, and the entire College community in February 2010.
It is the hope of its three pioneering founders that Iota Gamma Chi will further unite Endicott’s community of Liberal Studies majors and serve as a resource through which students can learn about career and internship options, research fields, graduate school programs, and community service opportunities. Members will be required to maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and devote at least fifteen hours per semester to volunteering on campus or in the local community. The organization’s focus on service and on collaborations between extraordinary students pursuing diverse interests highlights both the experiential nature of an Endicott education and the unique ways in which Liberal Studies students discover countless connections – across academic disciplines, inside and outside of the classroom, with each other and with the world around them.
At the society’s inaugural induction ceremony the following students were inducted: Natalie O’Connor (Rocky Hill, CT), Kristen Micho (Syracuse, NY), Erin Fay (West Greenwich, RI), Shannon Ferguson (Marshfield, MA), Brooke Stephenson (Bolton, CT), Amy Butters (Wilmington, MA), Elizabeth Wholley (South Glastonbury, CT), Erin Sturgeon (Salem, CT), Trevor Maynard (Lee, NH), Hannah Lawson (Manchester, MA), Katharine Clarke (Edgartown, MA), Jessica Burke (Lowell, MA), Traci Furnia (Pawling, NY), Michael DiBella (Old Saybrook, CT).