SMU President R. Gerald Turner will be a special guest – and the honorary first member – at the charter and inaugural induction ceremony of SMU’s Gamma Beta Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society. The celebration takes place at 4 p.m. April 22 in Conference Rooms 108 and 110, Blanton Student Services Building.
The ceremony will establish the honor society’s SMU chapter, as well as recognize the academic excellence that students have exemplified in their first semesters after transferring to the University, says Registrar John Hall.
Tau Sigma was founded specifically to “recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students,” according to the honor society’s website.
President Turner is SMU’s most prominent transfer student – during his college years, he received an Associate of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University before transferring to Abilene Christian University. Upon his induction as an honorary member, he will become SMU’s first chapter member. Forty-one current University transfer students will join him as the chapter’s inaugural class.
Nancy Skochdopole, director of the Registrar’s Office of Transfer and Transition Services, initiated the chapter’s founding to help enhance and solidify all aspects of the transfer experience.