Baruch Chapter of Golden Key Honor Society Inducts More Than 250 New Members
More than 250 new student members were inducted into the Baruch College chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society at a ceremony held on Friday evening, Nov. 10, 2006. Three honorary members were also inducted: William Macaulay (’66), philanthropist and chairman and CEO of private equity firm First Reserve, David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs, and Gary Hentzi, associate dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
Criteria for membership include a grade point average of at least 3.4 and a strong commitment to community service. It was the 18th annual induction ceremony for the national honor society, which was chartered at Baruch in December 1989. Ryan Meltzer (’07), this year’s Golden Key president, described the evening as a resounding success and was pleased that family members of many of the inductees attended the ceremony.
According to Ryan Meltzer, Bill Macaulay, who attended Baruch when it was still “City Downtown,” fondly remembered his days as a staffer for The Ticker, offered “words of encouragement and advice” to the students, while reminding them of what “an incredible” school Baruch is and was.
It is an annual Baruch tradition for students to induct a non-Baruchian of special distinction, one who represents excellence and has significantly contributed to the community. Past honorees have included former Mayor David Dinkins, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, former Assemblyman Steve Sanders, former City Council Member Antonio Pagan, and former Congressman Herman Badillo, among others.
The Golden Key International Honor Society has 335 chapters in seven countries, including Canada, Malaysia, Australia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. At Baruch, Golden Key members run the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, volunteer their time in a soup kitchen, and coordinate a variety of pre-professional events on campus. Golden Key also brought the first The Relay for Life fund drive for the American Cancer Society to the Baruch campus two years ago.