TriBeta holds annual induction ceremony

New and soon-to-be graduating members of TriBeta
New and soon-to-be graduating members of TriBeta

Ten new and promoted members were recognized during TriBeta’s annual induction ceremony on April 14th. Originally scheduled for outdoors, the ceremony was pivoted indoors to the Oxendine Science Building in response to threats of rainy weather. 

Officers Carlee Epting (President), Cierra Alford (Secretary), Mic Schulte (Historian), and Kaytlyn Maringer (Treasurer) organized the ceremony and presented the induction rituals and biographical sketches for inductees. Dr. Tonya Locklear of the Biology Department read one of her beautiful pieces of poetry, focused on the theme of time, which was quite fitting as the year 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of the UNCP Psi Lambda chapter of TriBeta, the 100th anniversary of the TriBeta society, and the 135th anniversary for the University. Guest speaker Mrs. Chrisha Dolan shared the story of her journey from the college classroom to graduate school and to her current position on the Biology faculty, and she offered advice for pursuing opportunities. 

TriBeta faculty advisor Dr. Amber Rock, who has been on maternity leave and away for campus during the spring semester, dropped in (with her new baby in tow) to visit with students. In addition to the Psi Lambda officers, new and promoted members included Zackary Clutter, Morgan Dowdy, Karoline Klemish, Alexis Little, Kyra Locklear, and Ishary Lopez. Red and green honor cords were bestowed on graduating members. Congratulations to new and graduating members of TriBeta!

TriBeta is an honor society for students of the biological sciences. It recognizes excellence in academics, supports scientific research, and is dedicated to improving the understanding of biology. Students who are interested in joining TriBeta should visit the Biology webpage for Clubs & Societies, or visit the national office website at