The Office of ADA Support Services is pleased to announce the establishment of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society at Carroll Community College. The honor society was founded in 2004 by Dr. Edith F. Miller at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and is open to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. The new chapter will join the more than 50 that have already been established all over the United States and Canada.
Delta Alpha Pi was founded to both dispel misconceptions about students with disabilities and also to celebrate their achievements. There is a paradigm shift occurring with the recognition that disability is a side-effect of the interaction between the individual and society. A disability is neutral, that is, neither negative or positive; it is the interaction between the individual and society that should be altered. The members of Delta Alpha Pi are ambassadors of this new paradigm.
Membership facilitates the development of skills in leadership, advocacy, and education. Delta Alpha Pi will begin its most important advocacy role in the Fall 2011 semester, when members will be mentoring first-year students.
Several Carroll students have already qualified to join this select fraternity of scholars, and on March 15th, Delta Alpha Pi hosted its inaugural induction ceremony. Starting at 6 p.m., a procession of 10 inductees entered the Student Center and took their places at the table of honor in the front of the room. Then, Joseph Tatela, DAPi advisor, welcomed friends, families, faculty, staff, and honored guests to an evening of celebration. College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo delivered a welcoming address. Next, Eileen Rudnick, President of Delta Alpha Pi, offered a short introductory speech and introduced the keynote speaker. The members of Delta Alpha Pi chose Dr. Michael Kiphart, Dean of Student Affairs, to deliver the first keynote address.
Several members of Delta Alpha Pi came forward to speak about the purpose of the honor society, the symbolism of candle lighting, and the meaning behind the Greek letters in the society's name. They were: Andrew Wisowaty, Jenifer Huffer, Justin Birmingham, Jessi Huffer, and Clinton Chaney.
The celebration continued with the presentation of pins, certificates, and honor cords to the inductees by Joseph Tatela and Joyce Sebian. The presentation was immediately followed by a group recitation of the pledge. The first officers of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Alpha Pi are: Eileen Rudnick, President, Andrew Wisowaty, Vice President, Jenifer Huffer, Secretary, and Jessi Huffer, Public Relations Chair. Other students being honored included Carson Fogarty, Richard Perry, and Kayla Brown-Rieger.
After the closing remarks by Joseph Tatela, the ceremony finished with an inspiring musical performance of "Time of My Life" by DAPi member Joseph Tichy.
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