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Golden Key Honour Society holds induction ceremony

November 9, 2006

by Elzbieta Bednarski November 09, 2006

The McMaster Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society proudly inducted 673 new student members and five new Honourary Members at the Induction Ceremony, which was held on Friday, Nov. 3.

Golden Key is the world's premier honour society, with a combined membership base of more than 1.6 million students in more than 350 chapters worldwide, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The Society, which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Membership is by invitation only for students in the top 15 per cent of their respective faculty. In addition, honorary members are inducted into Golden Key to unite students with faculty, administrators and community leaders. These people are chosen because of their individual accomplishments, personal interest and support of academic excellence.

Last Friday, five new outstanding individuals became Golden Key Honorary Members.

Three of our own McMaster greats, Professor Nick Bontis of the Degroote School of Business, Professor Carl deLottinville of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, and Dean John P. Capone, Dean of Science, were inducted Friday evening, in addition to two influential members of the Hamilton community, Mr. Darrel Skidmore, CEO of the United Way for the Burlington and Greater Hamilton region, and Mayor Larry DiIanni of the City of Hamilton. Mr. Skidmore was the keynote speaker for the evening.

Each year, the Society awards its members with more than $400,000 (USD) in scholarships and offers exclusive career opportunities, discount benefits, and networking opportunities through leader retreats and international conferences.

At Friday's ceremony, the McMaster Chapter presented two scholarships, valued at $250 each, to outstanding new members. This year's deserving winners were Rebecca Jarvis, a second-year student majoring in Honours Life Science with a minor in French, and Noam Berlin, a second-year Honours Biopsychology major.

The newest members were recognized in the presence of the Chapter Executive, Dr. Yaser Haddara, the Chapter Advisor, families and friends, as well as several special guests.

These included previously inducted Honourary Members Dr. Richard Day, Associate Dean of Science, Dr. Shelley Saunders of the Faculty of Anthropology, Dr. Erika Kustra of the Centre for Leadership in Learning, Janice Robinson, our representative from the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, as well as Lori Dalton and Sangita Patel, our representatives from IBM Canada.



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