Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs

Tri-Alpha National Honor Society

Students qualify for Tri-Alpha if: neither of their parents, nor step-parents, nor legal guardians, completed a bachelor’s degree; they have completed at least 30 credit hours, and have maintained a GPA of 3.2 or better. 

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Members are recognized for their academic excellence and work as a campus-wide community to serve the needs and challenges of all first-generation students as Heidelberg. Members will also wear the society honor cord upon graduation. 

To qualify:

  • you must be a current student at Heidelberg,
  • who has completed at least three full-time terms of study (minimum 30 credit hours), at least one of which must have been at Heidelberg,
  • who has an overall GPA of at least 3.2 in all coursework, and
  • who comes from a family where neither parent nor any legal guardians earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • faculty and staff members are also welcome to join.

All first-generation Heidelberg Faculty, Staff, and Alumni are also welcome to become Tri-Alpha members despite their GPA while in school. Having members of our campus community and alumni family in our ranks helps to encourage and inspire our current first-generation students. 


Contact Information

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Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Our Team

Courtney DeMayo Pugno
Assistant VP for Academic Affairs|Exec. Dir. of the Owen Center for Teaching and Learning|Assoc. Prof. of History
Campus Center 316
Courtney DeMayo Pugno
Emily Isaacson
Director of Honors Program|Associate Professor English
Pfleiderer Hall 306
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Jordan Kaufman
Director of Academic Assessment & Effectiveness
Bareis Hall 326
Jordan Kaufman
Martin Kley
Resident Director of American Junior Year Program
Heidelberg, Germany
April Russell
Executive Assistant to the President, Provost, & Board of Trustees
University Hall C122
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Bryan Smith
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
University Hall C122
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