Alice Lloyd College is pleased to announce its membership into Alpha Psi Omega (APO) National Theatre Society. With over 600 casts, APO is the largest national honor society in America. The honor society aims to encourage dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career and reward them by election to membership in society. Since last spring, Dr. Charles Mullins, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, has been working to transition the theatre club to a new charter of APO. With the society, he hopes to create the same opportunities he had.
In 1994, he joined APO in his undergrad, serving as the Charter Historian until he graduated. He states, “The thing I enjoyed most about my time in APO as an undergrad was belonging in and making an active contribution to the theatre program, where I made lasting friendships. My time in APO as a student was one of the best times of my life.”
The motto of Alpha Psi Omega is to “seek a life useful.” Students gain many benefits and experiences to take with them through life with membership to the honor society. Membership is open to all ALC students regardless of their major field of study as long as they are active in the theatre program. Dr. Mullins states, “The national recognition of APO is quite advantageous when students graduate and begin looking for jobs. Our theatre program here at ALC has always been very active, but I hope to increase opportunities for our students that take advantage of APO membership. For example, I’d like to see students benefit from the experience of directing and designing their own theatre productions under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Also, APO members are qualified to apply for scholarship funds through the organization.”
The performing arts have played a vital role on Caney Creek. From Miss June’s Caney Crusaders to ALC’s Voices of Appalachia and Theatre Club, students are encouraged to express their creativity while exploring local and world history through the arts. Alice Lloyd College provides many opportunities through clubs and organizations for students to find their purpose. The College hopes that APO will open new doors for students to find success in their lives. If you are interested in Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Society, then please get in touch with Dr. Charles Mullins.