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Malone University’s Beth Clark Thomas elected to honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of national education honor society Kappa Delta Pi

May 29, 2013 | Release # 6651


Beth Clark Thomas

Beth Clark-Thomas, Ph.D., professor of education at Malone University since 1995, was recently notified that she has been elected into the honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of the national education honor society, 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.  Chapter members assist in the selection of new members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter every biennium. Dr. Clark-Thomas received an invitation to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation in Texas this October, where she will be formally inducted into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter.

As faculty adviser for Kappa Delta Pi, she has overseen Malone University's Rho Tau Chapter being recognized as a Chapter on the Move, as well as the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award for the past six years. This is the highest award possible for KDP institutional chapters. Criteria includes excellence in programs, leadership, training, and service. Among other service-oriented initiatives, Malone's Rho Tau chapter delights area children each fall with the annual Jammin' in your Jammies concert with popular Christian artist Chip Richter (and the Munks) to provide for a needy family at Christmas. This past February, the Chapter hosted "If I only knew..." -- an alumni panel of educators who have been teaching for five or fewer years. The purpose of the event was to help undergraduate students preparing to become educators better understand the realities of the post college teaching environment.

According to Dr. Clark-Thomas, students benefit from Kappa Delta Pi membership through "opportunities for professional service, leadership, and insights beyond the basic program requirements. Membership in Malone's chapter offers meaningful engagement in the type experiential activism school districts seek in first year educators."

Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, Kappa Delta Pi is the oldest and largest international education honor society in the United States. Membership is open to students who have earned a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, show potential or have achieved education leadership, and exemplify worthy educational ideas. The Society inducts only those individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

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 


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

Categories: academics