Key Chapter Winner Highlight: Stony Brook University

by GOLDEN KEY INNOVATION TEAM

Golden Key International Honour Society, founded on 29 November 1977, is an academic honor society which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines.

We would like to highlight Stony Brook University for being named a Key Chapter for the 2012-2013 academic year for their incredible involvement of the Stony Brook campus and abundance of accomplishments in the areas of academics, leadership and service.

The Stony Brook Golden Key chapter held a successful fall New Member Recognition Event in which five new honorary members were inducted.Stony Brook Prior to the ceremony, the chapter held an American Red Cross fundraiser to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which proved to be very successful. The chapter also hosted general body meetings in which a faculty member from the Career Center on campus came to talk about the importance of a strong resume, as well as resume and interview tips. They also had an alumni member who works for Northwestern Mutual Finance speak to the members about financial planning for the future. The Stony Brook chapter also participated in a wide variety of service initiatives. They were involved in Relay for Life, a foundation that raises money for cancer research, by holding a bake sale and attending an overnight relay race. Being from New York, the Stony Brook chapter was constantly involved in efforts to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, such as the fundraiser prior to their New Member Recognition Event. Members also teamed up with other campus communities to help the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York-based organization with the goal of ending poverty in the state. The chapter offered fun group activities, video games and food.

One of the more incredible events the Stony Brook chapter participated in was “English Pal”, Stony Brook 2a program that pairs an international student with an English-speaking volunteer with the goal of giving the international students an opportunity to practice conversing in English in a casual setting, while also allowing the volunteers to learn about different languages. Throughout the semester, the pairs would meet for at least 30 minutes a week to practice and attend ‘meet and greet’ socials. This event means a great deal to students all over campus, but especially to the Golden Key chapter. During the fall and spring semesters, the campus was able to combine up to 250 pairs of English-speaking students and international students!

Congratulations to the Stony Brook University chapter for their effort and commitment for not only maintaining a high level of academic excellence, but also for to making their community a better place!

About Golden Key

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.