Alpha Gamma Sigma
LAHC Alpha Psi Chapter
Shazia Khan and Megan Lange
(310) 233-4242 and (310) 233-4024
We encourage all students to come and join us!
For FALL 2013 we will meet Fridays at
2 p.m. in room NEA 209
History of AGS
In 1925, Dr. William T. Boyce conceived the idea of promoting a statewide junior college honor scholarship society. He saw it as an intellectual stimulus, comparable to Phi Beta Kappa in the higher colleges. Louis E. Plummer and they both made efforts supported him with other individual administrators to consider the proposal.
He emphasized specific advantages in the plan as follows:
1. It would be an incentive to study and strive for scholastic honor.
2. It would be an inter-junior college enterprise in scholastic achievement.
3. It would commend the junior colleges to the higher education institutions.
4. It would add luster to commencement exercises to recognize the graduating student who had qualified for membership.
Dr. William T. Boyce was the head administrator of Fullerton Community Junior College in 1925. He was chiefly responsible for the formation of the California statewide community college honor society that eventually became the Alpha Gamma Sigma that we know today. Its main purpose is to foster, promote, maintain and recognize academic excellence through scholarships among its members; develop programs offering cultural, social and enrichment activities as part of the total college experience. His proposal was heartily endorsed and he was asked to formulate a plan and present it for adoption by all the junior colleges in California.
The response was approval; adoption and then the formation of chapters began. According to Dr. Boyce, the original constitution of the society was adopted in 1926. In May of the same year, a special committee was appointed which included Miss Kathleen D. Loly who is responsible for the Kathleen D. Loly Scholarship we know today. The committee was given full authority to select the design for the pin.
The advisory board was to consist of the faculty advisors of the local honor societies that had met the minimum requirements provided for by the constitution and had been formally notified to that effect by the committee. During the first year, chapters were established at Bakersfield, Chaffey, Fullerton, Pasadena, Santa Ana, Santa Maria and San Bernardino. The next year it brought in Citrus, Sacramento, Compton, Glendale, Long Beach, Taft and Pomona. These fifteen chapters were invited to send representatives to the first meeting of the advisory board on November 24, 1928 in Pasadena.
Initially, the pin was a flat one piece gold pin with an open book and a blazing torch on a shield with the word “California” at the top, the words “Honor Society” across the book, and the letters “JC” at the bottom. Soon after that, a request came from the students that a Greek letter name be adopted instead. Accordingly, in 1932 a committee consisting of Dr. Grace Baumgartner, Miss Kathleen Loly and Dr. Albert Williams selected the motto: “ Add to good character, knowledge and judgment”. They took the three Greek words “Arête”, “Gnosis”, and “Sophyrosyne” as embodying the meaning of the motto, and then chose the initial letters of those three words Alpha Gamma Sigma as the name of the society. The design of the pin was then changed to include the Greek letters !'G.
At the second spring convention at San Bernardino on April 2, 1932, chapter names were drawn by lot and Pasadena, much to their satisfaction, drew the coveted alpha slip. Since that time AGS has undergone quite a number of changes.
Now, each year there are two conferences that AGS club members may attend. These are held in hotels and conference sites that afford the club members some time away from the campus and a time to bond with one another. At the Fall Regional Conference, there will be small group mini-seminars to student encouragement, advice and scholastic and personal enrichment. There will also be the opportunity to vote for state student leaders.
During the Spring Conference the excitement is high because this is the time when state scholarships are given out, many mini-seminars are presented and contests for club websites, name badges and newsletters are conducted. Students must be present at the conference to receive a scholarship.
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