Two organizations begin Tech chapters

Two organizations — The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and The Speak for Life Foundation — recently have been approved to establish chapters at Arkansas Tech.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) was established as a national honors fraternity in 1994 but only recently was established within the Tech community.

Dr. Gabriel Adkins, assistant professor of communications and adviser for NSCS, said, the process to become a local chapter is not easy.

“The first step is always to get the chapter established through the national organization, and then you have to start the process of electing officers and getting people invited who are eligible to join the organization,” Adkins said. “Then you have to go through paperwork with Student Services to become a registered organization.”

The Speak for Life Foundation, which is a pro-life organization that works to raise awareness of abortion and community pregnancy clinics, was established as a national organization in 2013. Tech is one of the first colleges to have established a chapter of the organization on campus.

Jaclyn Latham, junior nursing major from Pottsville and president of Speak for Life, said, becoming a chapter was about piecing the puzzle together.

“The toughest thing was probably getting all the pieces together. Really brainstorming what I wanted the core values of the chapter to be about and setting things in motion,” Latham said. “The registration isn’t the hard part; it’s just taking that step to start something without knowing for sure if you’re going to succeed or fail.”

The two organizations are still in the process of growing and becoming known on campus by the students.

“The best way to do this is to make sure you have good officers — people you can trust to delegate things to and actually get things done,” Adkins said “You also have to be a sales person. You have to be a recruiter and be passionate about your organization.”