Golden Key Chapter Earns International Honors

The university's student chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society took home four awards at the Golden Key International Conference in Los Angeles. The team garnered:

  • International Advisor of the Year Award — Andrew Thacker was the chartering advisor for the Cal Poly Pomona chapter in 1984 and the former advisor for the University of Houston from 1979-84. In all, he has dedicated nearly 27 years of service and commitment to Golden Key, successfully developing the Cal Poly Pomona chapter of Golden Key into one of the largest and most recognized campus organizations out of the 350 in the world. Thacker recently retired.

“This award is a fitting tribute to someone who has put so much effort into making our chapter not only one of the most recognized organizations on campus, but also one of the most successful chapters of Golden Key,” says this year's club president Mike Johnson.

  • Western Region Student Leader of the Year Award — Recent Computer Science graduate Angela Wong won the student leader award based on her dedication to Golden Key as well as for campus leadership, community service and an outstanding undergraduate record. She was the club's 2004-05 vice president and previously served as the groups webmaster in 2003-04.
  • U.S. Region Best Education-Based Service Program Award — This award recognizes a chapter in each of three U.S. regions that has completed or established a successful academic/education/learning oriented service program or activity.
  • U.S. Region Best Communication Award — The award recognizes the region's best chapter program/initiative for disseminating chapter news and updates to its members.

This year's awards make an impressive addition to last year's prestigious Key Chapter Award and the Best Web Page Award.

Cal Poly Pomona delegates accepted the awards at the International Conference awards luncheon attended by more than 800 delegates from around the world Aug. 11-14.

Golden Key International Honour Society was founded in 1977 in Atlanta. The global non-profit organization provides academic recognition to college juniors and seniors in the top 15 percent of their class, leadership opportunities, community service, career networking and scholarships. The Society has nearly 350 chapters at colleges and universities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa. Membership into the society is by invitation only, to students in all fields of study. There are currently 200 active Golden Key members at Cal Poly Pomona.