Six Western Maryland College students have become the first on that campus to be inducted into Omicron Psi, the national honor society for nontraditional students.
The Omicron Psi Honor Society was established in December 1993 at Northern State University in Ellendale, N.D., and now includes 13 chapters, two in Maryland.
Omicron Psi recognizes nontraditional students who have unusual struggles and challenges in the academic community.
The students must be at least 24 years old and have completed at least their third year of undergraduate study. They are also required to have a B average or better and be involved in at least three campus or community organizations.
According to the organization, all have demonstrated leadership, persistence and promise, and must maintain high ethical standards.
Students who were inducted as charter members include three from Westminster:
* Cathy H. Basil, an English major who hopes to receive a doctorate in education in an area dealing with disadvantaged teen-agers.
* Joan F. Taylor, a religious studies major, who hopes to obtain a doctorate in history.
* Jodi K. Zepp, a psychology major, who is working toward a master's degree in public policy.
Other charter inductees are:
* Political science major Linda S. Cunfer of New Windsor, who was also given the Argonaut Award for achieving perfect grade point averages during her academic career at Western Maryland College.
* Religious studies major Jodi S. Harrison of Germantown.
* Christine E. Fisher, a history major from Hanover, Pa.
Ms. Harrison and Ms. Fisher plan to continue their academic studies, according to college officials.