(Left to right) Advisor Misty Hathcock, President Madison Hopper, Past-president Megan Kuspky and Literacy Alive coordinator My’Asia Jaabe. Photo courtesy of UNC Charlotte.

UNC Charlotte’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi was named top chapter for 2017.

The education honors society received the Dr. Florence B Stratemeyer Award, known to club members as the “Ace of the ACE.” The award is the highest honor granted by Kappa Delta Pi, recognizing the top group from over 650 international chapters.

In addition, the UNC Charlotte chapter Omicron Pi received the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) award for the third consecutive biennium. The prestigious award is granted to the top 20 chapters that excel in membership, leadership development and programming in order to advance the society’s goals and missions.

Kappa Delta Pi was founded in 1911 as an international society in education and now exceeds 1.2 million members. The UNC Charlotte chapter, Omicron Pi, was established in 1981 and has grown close to 3,000 initiated members.

Chapter Advisor Misty Hathcock emphasized the significance of this growth.

“When I started in 2005, we were initiation only,” she said. “We have worked really hard to be an active chapter and provide opportunities for our members. It’s an incredible feeling.”

Today, Omicron Pi hosts several major events to benefit chapter members and the community.

The group hosts professional workshops called Teacher Toolbox Tuesdays that range from classroom management skills to interview strategies.

One of the group’s biggest events is Literacy Alive, a collaboration with Newell Elementary School to promote literacy and encourage third grade students to aspire toward college. It begins with a school visit in which the Omicron Pi members read to the third graders and talk about college. In the spring, the elementary school students spend a day at UNC Charlotte touring the university and participating in a STEM activity. The event is in its eighth year and has won several awards from Kappa Delta Pi.

Omicron Pi requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 30+ credit hours, however anyone can attend meetings and volunteer with the chapter.

“It’s a great organization that is a great benefit to me as a student and that someone can transfer to their career and use after you graduate,” said Chapter President Madison Hopper.

Megan is the News Editor for the Niner Times. She is a sophomore Political Science and Spanish double major. Megan is from Charlottesville, Virginia. She can be reached at news@ninertimes.com