Alpha Kappa Mu
National Honor Society
The Department's primary method for recognizing superior scholarship is the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society. Dr. Francis E. Dorsey and Dr. Edward W. Crosby founded the Mu Mu Chapter at Kent State University in 1982. Alpha Kappa Mu is a general scholarship honor society open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all academic areas regardless of race. It was founded at Tennessee A & I State College in Nashville on November 26, 1937.
Mu Mu Chapter Citation
Membership in Alpha Kappa Mu National Scholastic Honor Society (Mu Mu Chapter) indicates you have accepted the challenge to rise above mediocrity and have joined a community of scholars. You are among the precious few human beings upon whom the world must depend for the vision, the insight, and the direction to lead men and women in their quest for fuller self-realization. When translated into its broadest terms, Alpha Kappa Mu National Scholastic Honor Society wants to impress upon you that all correct action derives from sound knowledge, and the gift of knowledge is among the most precious gifts an individual can possess. Knowledge without wisdom, however, is empty and should, therefore, always be avoided.
The Mu Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu was installed at Kent State University on April 21, 1982, making this University the first predominantly white university to he awarded a chapter. Cleveland State and Ohio State followed soon thereafter. Nominations for undergraduate and graduate membership in Alpha Kappa Mu are made annually during spring semester. The Induction Ceremony is usually held on Wednesday during Honors Week. Honorary membership is open to the department's faculty and staff, and to other African American faculty and staff on the campus. Nominations for honorary induction into the society are also made during spring semester.
Inductees into Alpha Kappa Mu (Mu Mu Chapter) must fulfill the following requirements:
Eligibility for active membership is based upon junior or senior class standing with a minimum of 64 semester hours (or 50 percent of the hours needed for graduation) and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30. Transfer students shall be in residence for at least two semesters and shall have earned 32 semester hours at Kent State University toward a degree. However, the GPA shall be computed for the entire college career to date. Moreover, graduate students seeking membership in the society must have been enrolled at Kent for two semesters and have earned a GPA of 3.70 or better.
A Brief History of Alpha Kappa Mu
Hosted by Phi Beta Tau Honorary Scholarship Society of Tennessee A & I State College, representatives from sly colleges which had existing local honor societies, met in November 1937 and formed what was named at this initial meeting "The Federation of Scholastic Honor Societies." The first meeting dealt with honor societies in various fields and areas, and members frown outstanding honor societies were invited to address the group. The second annual meeting was held at North Carolina A & T College in Greensboro in November 1937. Ten additional colleges were represented and definite plans were laid to bring forth a National Organization.
In December 1939, the third annual convention was held at Arkansas AM&N State College in Pine Bluff. At this historic meeting the principles around which the constitution would be built were laid down; the name was changed to "Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society," and a feeling of esprit de corps and solidarity crystallized that assured its continued existence as a national organization. By the end of the third year, the purpose as a National Honor Society had been definitely established and the organizational machinery for achieving these purposes had become a functional reality.
Since its conception in 1937, Alpha Kappa Mu has grown in size, and in scope, and in its influence upon the academic excellence of American college end university students. There are at present seventy-one active chapters and six alumni chapters distributed among eight regions. The Honor Society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1952, and its council representative has attended each annual meeting since. The late Dr. George W. Gore, Jr., was its president from 1961-1963. While its chapters have been located primarily in schools predominantly attended by African Americans, it is an equal opportunity organization and recently chapters have been established on the campuses of predominantly white colleges and universities. Kent State University was the first such chapter. Chapters were established subsequently at Cleveland State and Ohio State Universities.
An era came to an end in the spring of 1974 at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. Dr. Gore stepped down as Executive Secretary- Treasurer after twenty-five years contributions to the Society.
Alpha Kappa Mu National Scholastic Honor Society
Alumni and Honorary Members
Dr. Edward W. Crosby,
Alumni of other Alpha
Kappa Mu Chapters
Alpha Kappa Mu Inductees, April 20, 1994
(Each Inductee has a
3.3 GPA or better)
The Full Roster of Mu Mu Chapter Membership
before April 20, 1994
Edward W. Crosby and Wiley
In addition to Alpha Kappa Mu and the awards presented above, the Department also presents four major achievement awards in recognition of service, scholarship, creativity and first-year or -semester scholarship:
Recipients of the DuBois and Sowande Awards must have a GPA of 2.50 or above; no particular class standing is required. Students receiving either the Bethune or Smith-Graham Awards, however, must have earned a GPA of 3.00 or better. The Bethune Award also requires the recipients to be juniors or seniors. The DuBois, Sowande, and Bethune Awards are presented during the University's annual Honors Week activities in April.
Professor Hulda Smith-Graham, 1949-1987
A Brief Biographical Sketch
Hulda always realized the supreme value of education and she pursued it with greet vigor and relentlessly. In 1972, she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. This was not enough. She soon began to work toward a Masters Degree, which she received in 1973 from Kent.
events occurred that indelibly imprinted her in the minds of African
students. She became a full-time faculty member in the Department of
Studies and at the same time began preparing herself to become a
for the PhD Degree in English Literature. This period of time was
to the development of this Department and the intellectual development
of our student body. Hulda persisted in letting her students as well as
those of other colleagues know that they had great God-given talents,
had only to let the faculty help them unlock these intellectual
She reminded them of the words of another Virgin Islander, the great
Pan-Africanist, and scholar Edward Wilmot Blyden who wrote more than
years ago that:
. . book learning is not the most essential
part of our educational needs as a people. You do not educate a man
Throughout her career at Kent State University and the Department of Pan-African Studies, Hulda Smith-Graham made the essence of Blyden's words her living legacy to those students, African, African American, Caribbean, and European, who would pass through the doors of the Center of Pan-African Culture to learn to be independent and intellectually self-reliant.
It is for these reasons and
undoubtedly a host
of others that we present these academic awards in her name. We
Hulda Smith-Graham as an educational inspiration to first- and
undergraduates who have decided to grapple with the vicissitudes of
a real education out of the muddle of life, and who have also shown the
stamina needed to struggle and to overcome.
recipient has a 3.0 GPA or better)
Kimberly N. Bass
Stats K. Bey
Steven P. Binns
Lennice L. Bolton
Danita M. Brown
Theresa L. Cain
Darryl G. Carter
Danielle N. Dokes
Brandon B. Falconer
Kimberly C. France
Tina M. Francisco
Tiffany A. Hairston
Brian L. Hayes
Lisa S. Johnson
Anika N. Lackey
Leah T. Lavert
Juneous A. Pettijohn
Betti J. Powers
Tiffany M. Reeves
Jennifer L. Rhone
Valencia M. Rowell
Patrice R. Brantley
Valencia G. Shepherd
Lynette C. Thomas
Tiffany M. White
Vanessa K Copps
Catonna V. Jones
James E. Stewart
Jacqueline E. Upthegrove
Naomi M. Williams
Elaine L. Youngblood
Hope A. Seavers
Juanita L. Stovall
Monica A. Whaley
Angela M. Wilson
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