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Dr. Golam Mathbor, professor in the School of Social Work and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, received the Distinguished Service Award from Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society on October 6, 2012. The award was presented at the Forty-first National Convention and Leadership Workshops held at Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Professor Mathbor has provided leadership to the Monmouth chapter of Phi Eta Sigma as an advisor since 2005.

The Society authorized the Distinguished Service Award in 1962, and since then eighty-two chapter advisers have been recognized for their steady and continued leadership to the society for a period of no less than five years. Phi Eta Sigma Grand President Molly M. Lawrence noted the following while presenting the award to Dr. Mathbor: “For his able leadership of the Monmouth University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, we thank Professor Mathbor for sharing his special touch, fellowship, and leadership with us by presenting him with the Society’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award.”

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society that recognizes superior leadership and academic performance in the freshman year. The society was founded at the University of Illinois in 1923 and has 375 member institutions to date. Monmouth University established the 272nd chapter of Phi Eta Sigma in 1987. Governed by the motto “Knowledge is Power,” the society aims to motivate students to excel academically. To qualify for membership students must earn a 3.5 GPA or better in their first semester. Dr. Mathbor reports that the MU chapter of the society inducted more than 200 new members from the class of 2014 into its chapter during the annual spring induction ceremony of 2011. Once accepted, members are encouraged to exhibit superior scholastic achievement, a noble and generous character, a well-cared for body, and a vigorous and well-disciplined mind.

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