Alpha Lambda Delta wins Order of the Torch award



NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society was named recipient of the organization’s highest award, The Order of the Torch, for the most outstanding chapter of ALD in the nation.  There are 280 chapters nationwide and NSU was one of three to win this award.


The Order of the Torch is the annual award for the most outstanding chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta in the nation. Chapters submit a scrapbook describing their activities during the past year.  The scrapbooks are then judged by a committee of National Council members, and the winning chapters are presented with an award banner at a special ceremony.


Mallory McConathy was the service chairman for the NSU chapter and was elected to serve as a member-at-large for the national council.  When her term is complete, she will have served on the national council from 2016-19.


“This opportunity has allowed me broaden my horizons on how national organizations work and I have recently come to realize that my voice and opinion really matter,” McConathy said.  “I get to speak on behalf of every ALD student to make this experience better for them.”


“This year, our chapter had more than 40 opportunities to engage, serve and lead on campus by hosting, co-sponsoring or participating in events like the Sophomore Breakfast Club, Get Loud at the Library, First Timers at the WRAC and other programs,” said Reatha Cox, chapter advisor. “One of this group’s important goals is to serve the campus and the community.”


Cox credited chapter historian Kaelyn Musgrave of Cut Off for compiling the scrapbook, which documents the chapter’s service and contributions to university  and academic life. The online scrapbook can be viewed by visiting and clicking on the NSU Order of the Torch link in the Recipients section.


Judging is based on chapter involvement, chapter communication, campus visibility and presentation. The other two 2018 recipients are Longwood University and the University of South Carolina.


The mission of Alpha Lambda Delta is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.


“I am extremely proud to represent NSU through this experience because it has shaped my perspective on changing the situation to better the outcome,” McConathy added. “I have grown a lot through this position and I have learned that no matter how small of a university you may come from competing large schools, NSU has prepared me to run with the best of the best.”


For more information on the organization, visit