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Citadel Honor Society Wins National Award and Makes History

          CHARLESTON, S.C., July 14--The Citadel's Beta Iota chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA), the National Political Science Honor Society, has received one of the national office's Best Chapter Awards for the 1997-98 academic year, making it the first chapter in the history of the award to win back-to-back honors.

          Georgetown University professor and PSA Executive Director James I. Lengle notes that the award recognizes "local chapters that are particularly active in their departments and universities and that exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in furthering the goals of the honor society." Lengle continued his award letter acknowledging that The Citadel won "one of two Best Chapter Awards for chapters in schools with enrollments of under 6,000 students. Beta Iota is the first chapter to receive the award in two consecutive years." (The chapter won the 1996-97 award as well.)

          Pi Sigma Alpha is one of the largest affiliated members of the Association of College Honor Societies in the nation with chapters at universities in all 50 states and many US territories. The Beta Iota chapter at The Citadel, established in 1951, is the oldest PSA chapter in South Carolina.

          Chapter Advisor John C. Kuzenski noted that the award was "an affirmation at the highest levels of the organization that The Citadel produces some academically outstanding political science students who, in addition to their own studies, also care about reaching out to their college and their community to advance an understanding and concern about politics and social life."

          Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is open to degree-seeking Citadel graduate and undergraduate students who meet the Society's stringent academic criteria. More information about the chapter may be found at their website,


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