We are the Maia Chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society. We were founded at UNM on November 7th, 1936 and have been on campus for 80 years. We are proud to be the founders and continued organizers of Hanging of the Greens, UNM's oldest student-run campus tradition. With the help of more than 25 student organizations, we collectively decorate campus with 14,000 luminarias every year and lead a caroling tour around campus. We hope you join us for this tradition each year!
Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service.
Purpose - Mortar Board, Inc., as an honor society, is an association of individuals selected for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service, which recognizing the advantages of a national union of senior honor societies, has formed a national honor society, whose purpose shall be to facilitate cooperation among those societies, to contribute to the self-awareness of its members, to promote equal opportunities among all peoples, to emphasize the advancement of the status of women, to support the ideals of the college or university, to advance a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, to provide service, and to establish the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group.
Founding - Mortar Board was founded on February 15, 1918 with chapters at four institutions: Cornell University, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Swarthmore College.
Mission - Mortar Board, Inc., a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service, provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. (Adopted July 1994)
Motto - Pi Sigma Alpha, letters that correspond to three Greek words representing the ideals of Mortar Board: scholarship, leadership and service.
Symbol - A mortarboard, an ancient symbol of honor and distinction, represents the organization. Many early scholars adopted the clerical or monastic robes as a symbol, illustrating their devotion to learning.