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Malone University Kappa Delta Pi chapter receives fifth consecutive ACE Award

September 3, 2013 | Release # 6697

Malone University's Rho Tau chapter of Kappa Delta Pi was recently awarded the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award – one of the highest honors that the international education honorary bestows on its institutional chapters. The recognition – awarded biannually -- marks the fifth consecutive time that Malone's chapter has received the award. Of the more than 600 chapters nationwide, Malone's was one of only 22 to receive the honor, and will be presented with the award at the Opening Session of the KDP Biennial Convocation in Dallas, Texas on October 24-26.

To earn the distinction, Malone's chapter successfully met the criteria for excellence in programs, leadership, training, and service. The chapter is known for outstanding service projects, including the annual Jammin' in Your Jammies children's benefit concert.

Malone's chapter achieved the recognition under the leadership of Beth Clark Thomas, Ph.D., professor of elementary education, and Rhoda Sommers, Ph.D., dean and associate professor of education. Earlier this year Dr. Clark-Thomas was elected into the inaugural class of the honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. The Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter was established to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions of service to the Society and exemplified its ideals and excellence in education. Election into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter is a lifetime award and limited to 100 living members.

According to Dr. Clark-Thomas, ""It's humbling to be recognized, by an external agency of such a professional level, for what these amazing teacher candidates do simply because they are called to. Honor, duty, and intellectual power...the keystone tenets of this education honor society, are tied both to our University mission and the foundation of our calling as educators!"

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty, and power. Pioneering from its beginning by including women as well as men, Kappa Delta Pi grew from a local chapter to the international organization it is today, comprising 600 chapters and more than 40,000 members.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015  , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424