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October 2012 News Releases

Washburn University Mortar Board chapter receives national awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ichabod chapter at Washburn University was among the outstanding Mortar Board chapters to be honored at the 2012 Mortar Board National Conference, held in Chicago in late July.


The Ichabod chapter was a recipient of the Silver Torch Award. This honor is presented to chapters executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Silver Torch Award recipients are selected based on a review of national records, requiring that the chapter meet all of the national minimum standards and deadlines.

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 Ichabod chapter was recognized with its regional group, Section 17, for a project benefiting Harvesters, a Kansas City community food bank.

 Chapter president Stacy Rottinghaus was 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 Ichabod chapter at Washburn University was chartered in 2006 and currently has 47 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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