On Tuesday, May 7, Sweet Briar College’s Lambda Eta Chapter of the Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society initiated two new members. The ceremony took place during a dinner at Main Street Eatery in Lynchburg.
The society welcomed sophomores Suri Xia and Olivia Fagan. Professor of German Ronald Horwege conducted the ceremony, which was also attended by John Reynolds, national secretary-treasurer of Delta Phi Alpha, as well as Alyssa Sarminento ’15 and Sixtine Abrial ’15, who were initiated last year, Stacey Karmen ’15, German assistant Carola Haese and Horwege’s wife, Sandra.
Delta Phi Alpha was founded at Wofford College in 1927 and now has more than 236 chapters throughout the United States. Sweet Briar College received its charter in 2001. Professor Horwege is presently serving as national president of the society.
The purpose of the society is stated in its charter: “The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man’s eternal search for peace and truth.”