Colorado State’s Mortar Board Chapter Earns National ‘golden Torch Award’ for Excellence; Advisor Named Among Top 10

Colorado State University’s chapter of Mortar Board, Inc., was awarded a Golden Torch Award for excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Mortar Board is a national honor society, founded in 1918, that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement. The Golden Torch Award, recognizing groups that have surpassed standards, is given to approximately 10 percent of the 220 chapters nationally.

Adviser Tom Field, associate professor of animal sciences and advisor to the Colorado State chapter, was one of 10 advisers in the country to win an Excellence in Advising Award at the same time.

Diahn Richards, president of the Colorado State chapter, said the award recognizes AIDS awareness efforts and other service projects conducted by the 26 members of last year’s chapter.

The 31 seniors comprising Colorado State’s Mortar Board in 2001-02 will undertake several efforts: individual tutoring of members of the Boys and Girls Clubs and Turning Point, a family services organization; volunteering for the Fort Collins-operated "Treatsylvania" entertainment at Halloween; passing out cancer prevention information at the end of October; chaperoning Teen Fort Collins activities; staffing Positive Impact, a student-government-backed effort to maintain good conduct at football games; helping with the community Corn Maze; and cooperating with an environmental organization to build more area hiking trails.

Contact: Tom Field (970) 491-6642.