Alpha Chi has a long history and rich tradition of publishing student work over the years. Currently, Aletheia, our peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal with issues in both spring and fall, is the primary vehicle for such work. Aletheia was the dream of Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, Alpha Chi's most recently former executive director. Yarbrough had a vision for a peer-reviewed publication that came to fruition in 2016 and has continued steadily under the leadership of Aletheia co-editors Dr. Tim Lindblom of Jacksonville State University in Alabama and Dr. Kathi Vosevich of Lindenwood University in Missouri.
We're also excited to share info about our newest publication, Kalo. Kalo features articles about the society's activities, events, and members, as well as original research and creative work from Alpha Chi members. It provides a platform for our members to showcase their intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and commitment to social responsibility. The name "Kalo," which means "good" or "welfare" in Greek, reflects our belief that scholarship should contribute to the betterment of individuals and society. Through Kalo, we hope to inspire our members to pursue their academic and professional goals with purpose and a sense of civic duty. We hope that Kalo will inspire Alpha Chi members and serve as a reminder of the value of academic excellence and lifelong learning.
In previous decades, student research and creativity were published in a printed journal called the Recorder, a publication that grew in scope during the years when Dr. Dennis M. Organ was Alpha Chi's editor of publications. During his tenure as editor (with many years holding both the editor and the executive director positions), Organ grew the journal from an annual issue to ultimately a volume of three separate issues a year: Proceedings, Undergraduate, and then Alumni.
In addition to the Recorder, Organ kept chapters abreast of Alpha Chi news during the year with fall and spring issues of the Newsletter, a periodical mailed to chapters for distribution to members on their home campuses. These publications store a wealth of information about national a local chapter activities, the many prizes and scholarships chapters and student members won over the years, as well as society data as Alpha Chi grew from a hundred chapters to the more than 300 chapters that exist across the nation today.
Scholarship and Character: 75 Years of Alpha Chi by Dr. Robert W. Sledge, Alpha Chi Historian
In 1997, Dr. Robert Sledge, an historian and McMurry University history professor and Distinguished Alumnus of Alpha Chi then serving as its president in 1997, took on the gargantuan task of recording the first 75 years of Alpha Chi history. A few copies of this book remain in print and may be requested by contacting the national office.
Scholarship and Character: 100 Years of Alpha Chi
Picking up where Dr. Sledge left off, Dr. Dennis M. Organ, himself a distinguished alumnus of the society captured Alpha Chi's most recent quarter century and brings the society history to date in this centennial anniversary project. Everyone who attended the 2022 national convention received a paperback copy. You may request a copy at a resonable price by contacting the national office.