Orange Keys open application process for spring

The SHSU Orange Keys Organization is accepting applications for membership for the spring 2003 semester. The organization maintains 15 members throughout the year. “We had unexpected change in membership, so we have a limited number of positions available for the spring,” said Mary Ellen Sims, Orange Keys advisor. “We had not anticipated on having a selection process.”Orange Keys is a service organization. The members represent the university during official functions by assisting guest on the SHSU campus, said Sims.The members serve as official SHSU ambassadors and receive a $500 scholarship. “It is a working scholarship,” said Sims. “The members have a lot to do throughout each semester.”Recently, Orange Keys served as official hosts and hostesses at the President’s Speaker Series and the ceremony honoring Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The members also serve as host for dedications, ushers at football games, lecture banquets, poetry readings and career fairs. “Orange Key members serve the formal functions,” said Sims.In order to be considered a candidate for Orange Keys, a student must meet and maintain the following criteria throughout his/her term: Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. and be at least of sophomore standing by the end of semester of application. A student must have attended SHSU for two long semesters or one long semester and two summer sessions and must be available to serve as an Orange Key member for at least two long semesters. Sims said a student must also be active in at least two other student organizations and be knowledgeable of SHSU services and resources.The applications are open to all SHSU students, especially those who have served in leadership positions with active campus groups or organizations, said Sims.”The students must show some leadership and involvement on campus,” said Sims. “We really want varied students to apply. They must be comfortable talking to alumni and guest on campus about SHSU”.Interested students may pick up an application on Nov. 12 in LSC Room 215. The application is due Nov. 26. Applicants will be screened and interviews will be conducted for the most qualified candidates, said Sims.For more information, contact Mary Ellen Sims at 294-3026.

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