University of Wyoming Mortar Board Chapter Receives National Award

September 14, 2010
Four people working
Members of the University of Wyoming Chapter of Mortar Board filled an erosion gully, removed invasive weed species and planted grass seed at the Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs. The project earned a Golden Torch Award as one of the nation's top Mortar Board chapters

The Cap & Gown chapter at the University of Wyoming was among the outstanding chapters to be honored for its excellence at the recent 2010 Mortar Board National Conference in Chicago, Ill.

The group was one of 22 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to outstanding chapters that are superb, well-run and exceed the minimum standards, accomplishing significant achievements in chapter management and contributing meaningful service to their institutions.

The chapter was honored with its regional group, Section 22, for the section project "Garden of the Gods" held in conjunction with Colorado State University, Colorado College, the University of Northern Colorado, The University of Denver and the University of Utah. The group will return to do more work at the site in October.

Chapter President Gretchen Heberling and Adviser David Whitman accepted the chapter's awards.

Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 228 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation. The Cap & Gown chapter at the University of Wyoming was chartered in 1933 and currently has 46 members.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

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