Mortar Board chapter wins national awards

UNL's Black Masque chapter of Mortar Board
UNL's Black Masque chapter of Mortar Board

The Black Masque chapter at UNL was among the outstanding Mortar Board chapters to be honored at the Mortar Board National Conference in Chicago in late July.

The group was one of 31 chapters out of 229 chartered chapters nationwide to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to the most exceptional chapters of Mortar Board. Recipients must exceed minimum standards, accomplishing significant results in chapter management and contributing meaningful service to their institutions.

They were also among the 19 chapters that received a Project Excellence Award, granted for notable achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, fundraising, the "Reading is Leading" national project, alumni involvement or Mortar Board week. The Black Masque chapter earned this recognition for its "Book Buddies" program.

Chapter president Kerry Swanson, a senior from Champion, and technology chair Zach Watson, a senior from Lincoln, were present to accept the chapter's awards.

Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the society has grown from four to 229 chapters with more than a quarter-million members across the nation. For more information, visit

The Black Masque chapter at UNL was chartered in 1921 and has 27 members in 2012-13.

For more information about the Black Masque chapter, go to

— Jenni Szolwinski