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SDSU Mortar Board Top in the Nation

Mortar Board chapter at San Diego State University receives top national awards.
By Clarissa Slagle

The Jane K. Smith Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board at San Diego State University ranks top in the nation and was honored at the 2013 Mortar Board National Conference.

The chapter was one of only six chapters to be named a finalist for the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award, the top recognition for a collegiate chapter. Finalists were chosen based on chapter operations, campus visibility, member participation, advising, communications and chapter projects. The SDSU chapter has won this award twice previously in 2003 and 2012 and was the first chapter to win this award twice.

“Each year we execute our staple events that we have become known for by our school and by Nationals,” said Megan Isaacson, SDSU president of Mortar Board. “Since we have the opportunity to gain insight from previous chapters we are then able to find ways to run each event in a more productive and efficient manner.”

Additionally, the chapter merited the Golden Torch Award, presented annually to the most successful chapters of Mortar Board. Recipient chapters must excel beyond minimum standards, accomplishing significant results in chapter management and contributing meaningful service to the alma mater. This year 28 chapters were recipients.

The chapter also earned nearly 20 Project Excellence awards for its events serving both campus and community. Among the winning programs were the Mortar Board Planner and Calendar of Events, Emeritus Faculty and Staff Outstanding Service Awards Ceremony and Brunch, Honors Council Informational Seminar, Student Research Symposium and Project Holiday Stocking Stuffing.


Mortar Board, Inc. is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The SDSU Chapter of Mortar Board was founded in 1932 as the Cap and Gown Honor Society.

To be a part of this organization, you must be a full-time student at SDSU with senior standing for the fall semester and have an overall grade point average of 3.2 or better as well as participation and excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

SDSU’s chapter accepts a mere 40 students from an eligible pool which typically includes approximately 2500 students. Those selected to join the society participate in a “tapping” ceremony where current members of Mortar Board go into the classes of the newly selected members and invite them publicly to join the society.