category: Academics University celebrates first-generation students, establishes Tri-Alpha honor society category: Academics | June 3, 2022 Senior Rachel Shaver (right) of Talbott receives a congratulatory hug from Annemarie Spain, C-N academic advisor and first generation liaison. Shaver joined over 30 others as they were inducted into Tri-Alpha honor society. The formation of a new honor society at Carson-Newman University celebrates the accomplishments of first-generation college students. Alpha Alpha Alpha (or Tri-Alpha) is recognized at the University thanks to the efforts of C-N’s Student Success Center.First generation students are students whose parent(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree. At Carson-Newman, 45% of students are first-generation.Carson-Newman was awarded the Delta-Psi chapter and Academic Council approved Tri-Alpha students to wear the navy and silver Tri-Alpha cords at commencement ceremonies. Tri-Alpha was founded in 2018 at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.The University welcomed 31 members during its inaugural induction ceremony in April. Student members are:Devanshi Barot – Knoxville Logan Carroll – Mohawk Kelly Chilcote – Hixson Sierra Conley – Fletcher, NC Destiny Gosnell – Greeneville Tanner Grimmett – Hanover, WV Carrington Harrelson – Maggie Valley, NC Lindsay Janik – Talbott Tanner Kinkead – White Pine Hannah Little – Pounding Mill, VA Sarah McGinnis – LaFollette Stephanie Molina – Rutledge Parker Moore – Powell Kari Pierce – Strawberry Plains Jordan Reilly – Jefferson City Courtney Rhea – Kingsport Mackenzie Robinette – Jonesborough Alyssa Jade Rose – Rutledge Melody Sera – Morristown Rachel Shaver – Talbott Chloe Sparkes-Fudge – Maryville Alyssa Welch – New Market Inductees from C-N’s faculty, staff and alumni community are:Duran Baliff – alumni Pat Bivens, associate professor of music and director of Military and Veteran Services Kim Hawkins, dean of C-N’s School of Education and Counseling Charles A. Fowler, president of Carson-Newman University Ali Smith, director of Student Activities Clyde Smith – alumni Kelli Williams, transfer services librarian and associate professor Gloria Walker, vice president of Student Services Julie Wright, administrative assistant, Provost and Academic Affairs. Senior Rachel Shaver (right) of Talbott receives a congratulatory hug from Annemarie Spain, C-N academic advisor and first generation liaison. Shaver joined over 30 others as they were inducted into Tri-Alpha honor society.