The Maia chapter at The University of New Mexico was among the outstanding Mortar Board chapters honored at the 2012 Mortar Board National Conference, held in Chicago recently.

The group was one of only 31 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to the most exceptional chapters of Mortar Board. Recipients must exceed minimum standards, accomplishing significant results in chapter management and contributing meaningful service to their institutions.

They were also among the 19 chapters that received a Project Excellence Award, granted for notable achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, fundraising, the "Reading is Leading" national project, alumni involvement or Mortar Board week. The Maia chapter earned this recognition for its program, "David Coleman: The Dating Doctor."

Chapter President Meena Lee and Vice-President Iric Guthrie were present to accept 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 Society has grown from four to 229 chartered collegiate chapters with more than a quarter-million members across the nation. The Maia chapter at UNM was chartered in 1936 and currently has 39 members.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include pioneering engineer Lillian Gilbreth, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Emmy-winning actor Rue McClanahan, astronauts Judith Resnik and Janice Voss, adventurer Aron Ralston and lifestyle expert Bruce Littlefield. Learn more about Mortar Board at

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