The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) was founded in 1925 by six charter member societies: Alpha Omega Alpha (medicine), Order of the Coif (law), Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts), Phi Kappa Phi (all academic fields), Sigma Xi (Science), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering). Its objective is to encourage all general and specialized honor societies to join forces for the establishment and maintenance of desirable standards in higher education, and for the achievement of appropriate recognition of member societies of the Council of ACHS.
For further information, contact the Office of Campus Life, Student Center, rooms 204/206, 454.3590/454.3495.
Active honor societies at Highlands:
Delta Mu Delta
Scholastic honors for business students
Advisor: James M. Peters 505.454.3128
Psychology Majors and Minors
Advisor: Dr. Maura Pilotti 505.454.3209
Phi Eta Sigma
Advisor: Margaret Gonzales 505.454.3590
Phi Kappa Phi
Dr. Luis Ortiz 505.454.3584
Sigma Tau Delta
Alpha Zeta Psi Chapter
English Honor Society
Daniel R. Martinez 505.426.2073
Science and Engineering
Dr. Maureen Romine 505.454.3264
The Significance of Honor Societies
Remarks by A.E. Douglas
National Forum, October 1926
Election into an honor society is a "contemporary reward," a very clumsy expression which I am using to bring out a certain thought. It is a reward given at this moment for doing something of real benefit that will come a long time in the future. It is payment to a man for digging a hole and putting in a tree which is going to benefit the next generation. It makes the laborer feel that digging the hole is worth his while, even though he gets no benefit from the tree. If we come to think of it, life is full of these contemporary rewards that keeps the race moving so that benefits in the future will come about. When we praise children, they are pleased and bend to more effort and our recognition of their effort is a contemporary reward. It has no relationship to the great and real reward which they themselves will get from that effort later in their own lives. It is only a part of the machinery by which they overcome momentary difficulties, in order to reach future results, which they themselves can in no way see the importance.