Alpha Lambda Delta President Shares Reflections

Honors College sophomore Josie Pennington is the President of Alpha Lambda Delta, and she wants you to join! She recently answered a few of our questions about the organization, and what it means to her:

  1. What is Alpha Lambda Delta?

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society that students are invited to join after their first semester at UMKC if they have attained a 3.5 GPA or higher, are ranked in the top 20% of their class, and are enrolled as full-time students. We encourage high academic achievement and challenge each of our members to get involved in the UMKC and Kansas City communities through various service projects.

  1. How can students get involved?

After your first semester at UMKC, if you have met the eligibility requirements, you will receive an invitation from us to join! I definitely encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved to come to our first informational session on Alpha Lambda Delta, taking place November 2nd at 6pm.

  1. How have you benefited from this organization?

Because Alpha Lambda Delta encourages students in their second semester at UMKC to become the next year’s leadership, it offers an amazing opportunity that not many other organizations can. For example, I became the president of a chapter of a nationally recognized honor society in only my sophomore year because of the way we are organized – most of our leadership positions will be held by sophomores or students going into their third semester. Whether you seek out a position on the executive team or want to take lead on a service project or become the head of a committee, ALD is full of invaluable leadership opportunities.

  1. What’s the best advice you have for students wanting to get involved on campus?

Just do it. I know that it can seem daunting or inconvenient or less fun than just going home and watching Netflix, but I promise it will enrich your life here at UMKC so much. Whether you choose to do that through an honor society like ALD or an on-campus job or an intramural or an organization through your academic unit, just do it. Once you put yourself out there and start getting regularly involved, you won’t regret it.

Interested in learning more? Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the right people!