Applications available for Orange Keys

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Applications will soon be available for Orange Keys, one of the oldest service organizations at Sam Houston State University. Members of Orange Keys act as university ambassadors during official functions. Originally founded in 1959 as a service organization for women, Orange Keys is now composed of 15 of SHSU’s finest students. Selection into Orange Keys is considered one of the highest honors a student at SHSU can receive and reflects an unwavering dedication to service, leadership and academic excellence.Mary Ellen Sims, assistant dean of Student Life, stated that on average, there are only one or two openings into Orange Keys membership a semester. However, there will be six to eight openings for the upcoming fall semester.Membership in Orange Keys is limited to full-time undergraduate and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Membership is also limited to students of sophomore status or higher as of fall 2002 who are in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university. Those applying should also have attended SHSU for two long semesters, or one long semester and two summer sessions.Orange Keys positions are only open to those willing to commit at least four to six hours a month to various functions. Sims said most Orange Key members have been in the organization at least two years and are also involved in many other aspects of the university.”We want students that have a record of involvement on campus,” said Sims. “Orange Keys are leaders who have excellent communication skills and are knowledgeable in all aspects of university services and organizations.”Elizabeth Steiner, a current member of Orange Keys, said being an Orange Key has been a very beneficial and rewarding part of her college experience.”Being an Orange Key is about promoting SHSU and learning the real world skills of working with different aspects of the university, the people within it and the rest of the world,” Steiner said.Applications will be available March 6 in the Office of Student Life, located at Frels Building Room128. Deadline for the applications is March 27, at which time applications will be reviewed and interview sessions will be arranged. For additional information about becoming an Orange Key, contact the Office of Student Life at 294-1785.