Alpha Lambda Delta award recipients

Award winners -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society has awarded the senior Book Award to Callissa Harris, left, from Marion, and Cary Bryant, from Centralia. Both graduated this month with 4.0 GPAs. (Photo provided) Download Photo Here

December 21, 2009

Alpha Lambda Delta honors Bryant, Harris

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Cary Bryant and Callissa Harris are the December 2009 recipients of the senior Book Awards from Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society.

Harris, from Marion and Bryant, of Centralia, both graduated this month from the University. Harris, an April 2007 ALD inductee, graduated with a bachelor’ degree in English while Bryant, an April 2008 inductee, earned her bachelor’s in professional media and media management.

Alpha Lambda Delta awards the honor to the members graduating with the highest grade point average. Bryant and Harris tied for that honor with each having a 4.0 GPA.

Both women received Barnes and Noble gift certificates and complimentary honor cords to wear during commencement exercises.

The SIUC chapter of ALD is one of 250 groups of the elite academic honors organization across the country. Students are eligible for membership if they are full-time first-year students with a 3.5 or higher GPA, attending a four-year university or college. The University’s chapter, a registered student organization, dates to 1956.

For more information about the National Alpha Lambda Delta, Honor Society for First Year Students, visit To find out more about the SIUC chapter, contact adviser Lisa Peden at 618/453-2422 or by e-mail at