The Golden Key International Honour Society inducted 56 new members Tuesday evening in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms, including five honorary faculty members from Weber State University, one of which was WSU President Charles Wight.
Militia Earl, public relations officer for Golden Key, said the society chose Wight because of his dedication to the university, his accessibility and his expansion of the Dream Weber program.
“President Wight pushed so hard to make this university accessible and put us at the top and to help us grow,” she said.
The society also inducted WSU Communication Department chair Sheree Josephson, chemistry professors Carol Campbell and Don Davies, and zoology professor Brian Chung.
Golden Key officers said they chose the faulty members based on their contributions to the university, their accessibility to students, and their ability to help students understand complex subjects such as chemistry and communication law. They inducted Chung based on his past service as faculty adviser to the society’s WSU chapter.
Golden Key is an invitation-only honor society that inducts the top 15 percent of students based on GPA. Students must also be at the sophomore level to qualify. Qualified students are notified by mail of their invitation.
The Golden Key officer inductees were each provided with a certificate and pin, which certified their entrance into the honors organization.
Georgia State University undergraduate students founded Golden Key in 1977. The society has more than 400 chapters internationally.
Rebecca Fuchs, a WSU criminal justice major, said that when she saw her invite, she took a picture and sent it to her father. Fuchs is a member of the WSU volleyball team and also works outside of campus, and she said it takes dedication to balance it all.
“There’s no time for sitting there and watching Netflix,” she said. “I substitute all those fun things that are mindless for things that are productive.”
Golden Key provides opportunities for networking, scholarships and social events for its members, even at the graduate level.
“There aren’t many honor societies that are young enough and small enough that you are more than likely get a scholarship,” said Alison Bromley, who was inducted into Golden Key in 2011.
Earl said a big deciding factor for her in joining Golden Key was that there is no yearly charge. Many honor societies charge annual dues.
“Golden Key charges a one-time fee,” Earl said. “Once that is paid, the person becomes a lifetime member.”
Earl added that all the officers are new, so there are plenty of opportunities for students to serve once they get invited into the organization. Because officers graduate each semester, positions are constantly open.
Members cleared a mountain bike trail last semester as part of the many service projects the organization participates in.
Bromley said Golden Key has provided her with many networking opportunities she wouldn’t have had if she didn’t accept the invite. She said the organization being international has helped her.
“Regardless of whether I stay in Utah or elsewhere, it’s going make a difference,” she said.