The Order of the Torch
Order of the Torch
The Order of the Torch is the annual award for the most outstanding chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta in the nation. Chapters submit a scrapbook, describing their activities during the past year. The scrapbooks are then judged by a committee of National Council members, and the winning chapters are presented with an award banner at a special ceremony!
Maintaining the Flame
Chapters who are awarded the Order of the Torch are ineligible to apply for the award for the next four years. To reward chapters that have continued to excel in programming, activities, and service, the National Council awards the Maintaining the Flame award to chapters who are ineligible for the Torch. Winners receive a patch to affix to their Order of the Torch banner. Applications are identical to Order of the Torch applications.
2016 Application Process
Please note: The application process for Order of the Torch and Maintaining the Flame has changed. Chapters must now submit their scrapbooks electronically. If chapters need assistance in submitting their scrapbook electronically please contact the National Office. Electronic submissions can be in PDF, PowerPoint, or other creative ways. It is the chapter’s responsibility to make sure all pages are submitted for consideration. On the submission form, please indicate the number of pages.
To apply for either the Order of the Torch or Maintaining the Flame award, your chapter must prepare a scrapbook detailing your activities, complete with photos, clippings, programs, etc. Submit your scrapbook electronically at http://tinyurl.com/ALDtorch2016. Please note that your chapter must also submit an annual report electronically in order to be eligible for the Order of the Torch and Maintaining the Flame awards. Applications and annual reports are due May 1.
The judging criteria are the same for both awards (Order of the Torch and Maintaining the Flame). The most important thing to keep in mind is that your submission should be more than just a scrapbook. We like to see your smiling faces, but we need to know why you’re smiling! In addition to photos, competitive scrapbooks should include captions, quotes, letters, emails, flyers, agendas, minutes, brochures, ticket stubs, screenshots of websites, Facebook pages, and anything else that may help document your success throughout the year.
More specifically, scrapbooks will be judged on the following:
Chapter Involvement - How successful is the chapter in getting its members actively involved in service and other chapter projects? How many events did your chapter hold and how well attended are those events? How active is the chapter on campus and in the surrounding community? Does the chapter hold and take part in numerous and varied service, leadership, fellowship, and other projects throughout the course of the year? Evidence of chapter involvement might include photos of students at events, attendance sheets, flyers, event summaries, captions, quotes from members, thank you letters from the community, etc.
Chapter Communication - How effectively does the chapter communicate with the membership, with campus leadership, and with the campus and community at large? Evidence of effective communication may include photos of meetings, emails, agendas, minutes, letters, Facebook page screen shots, website screen shots, etc.
Campus visibility – How aware is your campus and community of ALD? Evidence of good campus visibility may include flyers, newspaper clippings, press releases, letters from the community and campus officials, and photos of events on campus and in the community.
Presentation - Is the application prepared in a careful, attractive manner?
Award Specific Requirements:
If your chapter has won the Order of the Torch within the past four years, you should apply for Maintaining the Flame. As mentioned above, the judging criteria for Maintaining the Flame are the same as for Order of the Torch. Your chapter should continue to show innovation and improvement - not simply maintaining the status quo - in all areas in order to be competitive for Maintaining the Flame. If you've recently won Order of the Torch and don't know when you're eligible to apply again, contact the National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Award Recipients
The 2015 Order of the Torch Recipients:
- California University of Pennsylvania
- Hood College
- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (Part 1, Part 2)
- Morningside College
- Otterbein University
- University of New Haven
- University of Oklahoma
- University of Texas - Pan American
- Western Michigan University