LOCK & CHAIN Application for Membership 2009-2010 Dear Lock & Chain Applicant, Thank you for showing interest in Lock & Chain, the oldest honorary at Washington University. Lock & Chain was established in 1904 and consists of fifteen carefully chosen sophomores. While it is a great honor to be chosen as a member of Lock & Chain, it is also a large commitment. Please see the attached list of activities that consist of typical Lock & Chain functions. Current members are also responsible for choosing their successors at the end of their sophomore year. We are looking for responsible freshmen who demonstrate academic superiority, show initiative, have diverse interests, and will uphold the Lock & Chain tradition of excellence. All applicants are required to complete the attached application, including the essays, and submit one letter of recommendation. Professors, advisors, RAs, employers, or anyone else who can attest to your personal character can complete the recommendation. However, we ask that you exclude family members and current members of Lock & Chain from this list. After a preliminary blind screening of the applications, selected applicants will be asked to continue on to the interviewing process. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON MONDAY, MARCH 2nd BY 5:00 PM. Please email applications to email@example.com with your name in the subject line. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org), Monis Khan (email@example.com) or any other current member of Lock & Chain. Thank You and Good Luck, Lock & Chain 105 Tyler Bertroche Adeoye Johnson Marty Nachman Kathryn Brown Monis Khan Maggie Parker Jordan Carter Nate Maslak Aaron Samuels Kate Gaertner Laura McGinnis Shira Solomon Nil Gural Roger Murayi LOCK & CHAIN Application for Membership 2009-2010 Due Monday, March 2, 2009 DO NOT put your name on subsequent pages. Name: Student ID Number: Permanent Address: Permanent Phone Number: Campus Box Number: Dorm & Room Number: Campus Phone Number: Preferred Email Address: Cumulative GPA (3.0+ recommended): Academic Area of Interest: Are you a morning person or a night person? _____ Morning _____ Night _____ No preference Name of Reference: Campus and Community Activities and Leadership Positions Held Please answer BOTH of the following short answer questions, keeping each response to a HALF page or less (double spaced): 1) What does the term “honorary” mean to you? 2) What makes you unique to the Washington University community and how do you feel that quality could benefit Lock & Chain? Choose ONE of the following essays and answer the question in no more than ONE double- spaced page: 1) Explain your leadership style, including both a positive and negative aspect. 2) What is the most important lesson you have learned since arriving at Washington University? 3) Pick a favorite quote and explain its meaning to you. 4) Attach an image that best describes you. Then, in the essay, explain why this image is a representation of who you are. LOCK & CHAIN Letter of Recommendation Please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please email the recommendation with the student’s name in the subject line By 5:00 PM, Monday, March 2, 2009 The following section is to be completed by the applicant: Name of applicant: Name of reference: I hereby waive the right to see this recommendation after it has been completed: Signature: _______________________________________________________________ The following section is to be completed by the person writing the letter of recommendation: Relationship to the applicant, including how long you have known them: Lock & Chain organizes campus-wide events as well as philanthropic events in the community. Please indicate why this applicant would be an asset to Lock & Chain, the oldest honorary at Washington University. How would you describe the applicant’s exhibition of leadership, scholarship, and honor? If possible, please cite specifics. (Recommendation should be written below and/or attached as a separate document.) LOCK & CHAIN LEXICON USED BOOKS SALE: Each semester, this fundraiser offers students a more lucrative alternative to selling their books back to the campus bookstore and allows them to acquire their new course books at cheaper prices. SOPHOMORE SIZZLE: This back-to-school social is a great occasion to catch up with sophomore friends and enjoy some free entertainment and refreshments. MAJOR/MINOR FAIR: Lock & Chain organizes and manages a fair where interested students can talk with professors and pick up literature and information concerning possible majors and minors. The opportunity to declare a major on the spot is another major feature of this event. GEORGE WASHINGTON WEEK: During this week, Lock & Chain helps Washington University’s students remember the man after whom the university was named. We dedicate an entire week to celebrating Washington’s birthday and discussing his legacy, hosting special activities each day. We have an awareness campaign highlighting a social justice issue to encourage the student body to become more involved on and off campus. PHILANTHROPY: Lock & Chain exhibits its leadership both on- and off- campus. Past philanthropic support includes: Mentor St. Louis, Trick-or-Treating with Bosnian refugees, providing holiday gifts for underprivileged families through Give Thanks, Give Back, hosting Food for Fall, a fundraising event for Jireh’s, serving Thanksgiving dinner with Jireh’s, and participating in all-campus philanthropy events such as Relay for Life and Dance Marathon.