McConathy named to Alpha Lambda Delta National Council


Mallory McConathy, a junior biology major at Northwestern State University, has been named a student member-at-large on Alpha Lambda Delta’s National Council.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes students in their first year at a college/university for academic success.

McConathy, who is from Stonewall, was installed at the organization’s annual National Council meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. The National Council is responsible for making policy decisions for the national organization. The Council is made up of three administrative members, four professional members-at-large, three student members-at-large and a historian.

“I decided to seek this position when I realized I could help better an organization on a national level,” said McConathy.  “I knew that Alpha Lambda Delta had so much to offer me, as I had to offer it. I will be able to bring new ideas to the table to assist in the continuing growth of Alpha Lambda Delta. Along with ideas, I will bring a student point of view that will hopefully give insight of what inspires and motivates college students to want to succeed in not only academics, but in all areas of their life.”

McConathy is the service chairman for NSU’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter. In the community, she is active in Hope for Paws, the Special Olympics, NSU Food Bank, Natchitoches Boys and Girls Club and area senior citizen projects. On campus, McConathy is also the vice president of new members for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, a mentor in NSU’s President’s Leadership Program, an orientation leader and a member of Blue Key and Purple Jackets.

“Getting involved in organizations has made college an unforgettable experience,” said McConathy. “I have made many memories, connections and impacts throughout my journey.  Just in my first two years, I have grown into a confident, aspiring young woman that I never knew I could be before coming to college. The organizations I am a part of, such as Alpha Lambda Delta, have given me open doors to explore my potential and what exactly I am capable of.”

As a member of the National Council this year, McConathy will chair the Order of the Torch committee. She will also serve as a member on the Chapter Relations, Expansion, Graduate Fellowships and Long Range Planning committees. McConathy will serve on the National Council until June 2019.

“Her enthusiasm for any worthwhile project is contagious and her ability to transcend this energy to motivate others to achieve their full potential demonstrates her positive and very successful leadership style,” said NSU Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter Advisor Reatha Cox, “Mallory has been essential in helping the NSU chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta define goals, projects and academic initiatives for the coming year. We are taking the chapter to a new level, and she is helping us achieve success.”

Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta has over one million lifetime members and is present on more than 275 campuses nationwide. Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”