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Three Columbia College students attend Alpha Chi honor society convention in Baltimore

Columbia College students, Jeffrey Barringer, Ambima Buzhyason and Courtney Jorgenson, along with their faculty sponsor, Dr. Tonia M. Compton, represented the Missouri Epsilon chapter of Alpha Chi at the super-regional convention March 22-24 in Baltimore, Md.

Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors and graduate students.

All three students presented papers at the convention. Barringer, a senior science major, presented his research, “Chocolate: A Bittersweet Truth.” Jorgenson, a senior sociology major, presented her paper, “Objectification and Misrepresentation of Female Athletes in Sports Illustrated.” Buzhyason, a junior biology major and philosophy minor, presented his research, “An Analysis of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Declaration of the Death of God.”

Buzhyason, chapter president, served as the chapter’s student voting delegate while Compton was their voting faculty delegate.

The convention was attended by more than 400 delegates representing 84 chapters. It featured scholarly, creative and artistic presentations by more than 200 students. Chapters also participated in “Booking it to Baltimore,” a national literary service project which provided books to Inner Harbor East Academy, an elementary school in Baltimore.

Alpha Chi has 300 chapters in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Members are in the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students in all academic fields.

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