The Alpha Chapter, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, celebrated its annual meeting and initiation ceremony on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the School of Information Sciences. Fifteen graduates were inducted into Beta Phi Mu. Four were able to attend and sign the Great Roll in person: Meg K. Dickinson (2016), Jeffrey A. Ginger (2015), Chung-Yi Hou (2016), and Rena K. Stoeber (2015).
Other business included: a report of chapter finances; a report on Beta Phi Mu activities at the national level; celebration of the first streamed annual meeting and a review of the process; announcement of the recipients of two awards supported by Alpha Chapter: Sierra Lynn Gregg (MS ’16) as the Anne M. Boyd Award recipient and Hailley Fargo (MS ’16) as the Kathryn Luther & William T Henderson Award recipient; and election of Lian Ruan as incoming Vice President/President-Elect.
Following the ceremony and business meeting the members, new initiates, and guests enjoyed a luncheon. The event concluded with a talk by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whose presentation was entitled, “What We Can Be: An Ethos of Hospitality.”