Chi Alpha Sigma, the national athletic honor fraternity will soon make a home on Truman’s campus. The fraternity, which has 284 university memberships nationwide, recently designated a chapter to Truman, making Truman only the fifth Missouri school as part of the organization.

Michael Bazemore, Truman State University’s newly hired associate athletic director, says the athletic honor society’s purpose is to give recognition to the athletes for representing what all student athletes should strive to be. This is an honor that can be noted on resumes and applications alike.

Given the success of the chapter at his former institution, Bazemore says he knew the athletes here would benefit from the highlighting of their academic accomplishments. Bazemore says there will be no cost to student athletes joining the organization, just an annual membership fee paid by the athletic department. To be eligible, Bazemore says an athlete must be of junior or senior standing, have a 3.4 cumulative grade point average and have received a varsity letter. All memberships are for life.

Bazemore says the ultimate goal is to have a minimum of 70 percent of eligible student athletes inducted into the society. The inaugural induction class will be initiated in the spring of 2017.