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Mortar Board

West Virginia University Mortar Board is one of 229 collegiate chapters across the country. There are over 250,000 members nationally. Mortar Board was founded in 1918 when four women’s honor societies from Cornell University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Swarthmore College jointed together and created the national organization.

Membership opened to men in 1975 in response to Title IX, which prohibited gender discrimination within organizations on campuses that received federal funds.

Mortar Board provides its members with opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

The Laurel chapter at West Virginia University was chartered in 1924 and currently has 52 members for the 2016-2017 academic year. During the 2015-2016 academic year the Laurel Chapter received the Silver Torch award from the National Office.

For more information on Mortar Board, please visit the national website:


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President: Yamini Anantula,
Vice Prestident: Seher Berzingi
Secretary: Micayla Zynda
Treasurer: Jennifer Mangano
Historian: Amy Davis
Membership Chair: Phillip Irion
Community Service Chair: Nicholas Haas
Communications Director: Alex Taft
Fundraising Chair: April Highlander
Social Chair: Cassandra Drain

2016-2017 Members

Khaled Aldabek, Yamini Anantula, Seher Berzingi, Jessica Black, Kristen Calenbaugh, Clay Chipps, Rebecca Cokeley, Elizabeth Dang, Amy Davis, Megan DeJong, Samantha Denham, Hannah DePoy, Matthew Dolan, David Donaldson, Cassandra Drain, Bruce Ensley, Emily Ernest, William Fogarty, Michael Fouts, Nicholas Haas, Hayley Harman, Janice Hartleroad, Nichole Hedrick, April Highlander, Brooke Hirst, Phillip Irion, Colleen Isaiah, Jonah, James, Sundus Lateef, Joshua Lokant, Catherine Lyter, Anna Makricostas, Jennifer Mangano, Kristen Mastrantoni, Ian McArdle, Julie Merow, Mary Murdock, Margaret Neely, Hannah Owens, Ashley Perdue, Emily Rackley, Christopher Radcliffe, Robert Ralston, Sabrina Ridenour, Gabrielle Schwind, Nicole Spindler, Lindsay Stollings, Alexander Taft, Jessica Unmussig, Katherine Warner, Joshua Watson, Charles Winkler, Hunter Wright, Natasha Yousaf, & Micayla Zynda.

Membership Information

Minimum Requirements for Mortar Board:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • 89 or more credit hours by the end of Spring 2017
  • Graduation date no earlier than December 2017

Please Note: Only college credit earned after graduation from high school will be considered in calculating these hours; transfer credit earned after high school will also count. In addition, applications must show strong performance in academics, campus activities, leadership, community service, and contributions to your field of study. See the Mortar Board’s guide for members .

Applications for this year are now closed.


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