Alpha Sigma Nu Essay

Alpha Sigma Nu

Several History undergraduate and graduate students are members of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education.

The society was founded in 1915 to honor a select number of students each year on the basis of scholarship, loyalty, and service. Alpha Sigma Nu is unique among honor societies in that it seeks to identify the most promising students in Jesuit schools. Inductees demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to the ideals—intellectual, social, moral, and religious—of Jesuit higher education. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus.

Juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the top 15% of their class academically and have a demonstrated record of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of education are considered for membership. Nominations occur in the spring each year.

  • Only 4% of students are inducted, as it is the highest honor at Jesuit Institutions including all disciplines
  • See Privileges of Membership.
  • Remarkable opportunities for networking with over 68,000 members worldwide.
  • Interaction with other members within the society. This includes your home institution and other institutions that have ΑΣΝ chapters.
  • Enhancing the experience of a Jesuit Education
  • Life long membership

We are excited to announce the 2016 CHARACTER COUNTS! Essay Contest winners!

Collegiate Winners

1st Place: Maggie Squyer, Alpha Phi Sorority, University of South Dakota

Maggie Squyer

Maggie Squyer is a junior double-majoring in Biology Conservation and Sustainability with a minor in Political Science. She is currently the Director of New Member Education for Alpha Phi, a Morale Captain for Dakotathon (our school’s Dance Marathon), a teacher’s aid at a local elementary school, and a research assistant for the university’s Biology Department. After graduation she hopes to get her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and work for an environmental non-profit or in local government. Click here to read Maggie’s essay.



2nd Place: Brenna Smith, Beta Epsilon Chapter, Western Illinois University

Brenna Smith

Brenna is a senior at Western Illinois University, double majoring in Communication and Economics. She is the President of Beta Epsilon chapter, a mentor to students in the First Year Experience Program, and the Vice President of Rho Lambda Honor Society. She has recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Student Government Association and as a Recruitment Counselor for Formal Recruitment. Click here to read Brenna’s essay.




3rd Place: Erin Stein, Beta Tau Chapter, University of Detroit Mercy

Erin Stein

Erin is a senior in the Secondary English Education program with a minor in political science. She joined Tri Sigma as a sophomore and fell in love with it from the beginning. She went to Officer Academy last winter and currently serves as the Education Director for Beta Tau. She is a Presidential Ambassador for the University of Detroit Mercy, Editor of {sic} our Student Arts Journal, and a board member of Alpha Sigma Nu the Jesuit Honor Society. She also works at the campus library as a student assistant and assists with RX for Reading, an outreach program to help distribute books to children in Detroit. Click here to read Erin’s essay.


Alumnae Winners

Arlene Ball, Alpha Phi Chapter, Metro Detroit, Central Michigan and Florida Gulf Coast

Arlene Ball

Arlene joined Tri-Sigma in 1975 at Central Michigan University (Alpha Phi) as a 2nd semester junior. Her sister, Gail Reid Vettraino, joined Tri Sigma the following year!  Arlene is a member of 3 alumnae chapters: Metro Detroit, Central Michigan and Florida Gulf Coast. She is the Alumnae Advisor for Beta Tau and Theta Theta collegiate chapters in Michigan. She and her husband Jim are proud of their two daughters, Jenni (Beta Tau) and Teresa.   A retired elementary teacher, Arlene now enjoys playing with and “teaching” her grandson, Jacob, age 2. She also loves time spent with her mom (90) and takes care of Jim’s mom (88) who lives with them and has dementia. She has been to every Convention since her first one in Washington DC, 1998, and hopes to make it to many more!  As a 2014 Labyrinth participant, Arlene is grateful to the Foundation and urges sisters to join her in supporting it and to also apply for Labyrinth 2017. Click here to read Arlene’s essay.

Emily Whiteman, Gamma Zeta Chapter

Emily Whiteman

Emily joined the Gamma Zeta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma at Slippery Rock University in the fall of 2012 with her best friend Charlene Klinger. It’s an experience she will never forget. She studied K-12 physical/health education and served as the Vice President of Operations when the position was established during 2014.  She graduated in 2015 and has since moved to Kansas where she currently attends Kansas State University pursuing another degree in Criminology as well as an active cadet in Army ROTC. Click here to read Emily’s essay.

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