Celebrating Achievement

OCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa held its fall induction ceremony October 30 in Storer Auditorium.

Onondaga Community College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) welcomed 118 new members during its fall induction ceremony in Storer Auditorium. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to earn membership.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate the newest high-achievers and reflect on the chapters numerous accomplishments in the past year. PTK Faculty Advisor Dr. Annie Tuttle provided an overview of the projects students are working on. She also shared with attendees the news that OCC’s chapter was recognized as one of the top five in New York State and one of the top 35 in the nation. Furthermore, all five of the College’s prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence winners were PTK members.

The OCC Foundation was recognized for its continuing support of PTK students. Support from donors covers most of the PTK membership fees for students. Dr. Tuttle made special mention of Tim and Rosemarie Nelson, ’79 who were in the audience. Thanks to their generosity, students would be receiving their PTK stoles which are worn at commencement free of charge. If they reserved their caps and gowns at OCC’s bookstore, those would also be free to the students thanks to the Nelson’s support. “We are very appreciative of Tim and Rosemarie Nelson, and we’re fortunate that their generous donation to the OCC Foundation will allow our high achieving students to fully participate in commencement and proudly wear the stole they earned through their high academic achievement,” said Dr. Tuttle. You can learn more about supporting our students through our Believe In Better fundraising campaign here.

Competitive Edge honorees included (left to right): Mikayla Purcell-Bolha, Katherine Hanson, Michaela Grainger, Ben Masten, Katelyn Doner, Brandon DeFrancesco, Cody Ravas and Chris Holmes.

Several PTK members were honored for completing the Competitive Edge Program. The professional development program enhances students’ marketable skills to make them more competitive for scholarships, transferring and careers. Competitive Edge helps students strengthen the skills that are highly sought after by employers and colleges, such as oral and written communication, professional etiquette, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking.

The College’s PTK chapter also presented an honorary membership to Sarah Gaffney who is OCC’s Vice President of Finance and Interim Provost. She was singled out for her support of the chapter’s regional and national efforts and for the role she played in helping PTK find a home in the newly renovated Coulter Hall. The PTK suite includes a conference room, lounge, and three faculty and staff offices.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.

Below is a complete list of the fall 2018 PTK honorees.

Emily Meredith Abert

Samuel Noah Adams

Ali Jasiln Al Maliki

Rashedul Alam

Danielle Suzanne Alfano

Hala Hairth Alnoamy

Jessica Lynn Andrianos

Keila E Arencibia Cespedes

Milka Esther Arencibia Cespedes

Phoebe Linda Jean Ariola

Olayinka Emmanuel Awokoya

Timothy Charles Andrew Basile

Natasha Louise Beaulieu

Dustin Bryce Bestul

Richard Paul Bocola

Heather Ann Boltz

Timothy Robert Botting

Darren Bowman

Starr Leigh Boylan

Lydia Joy Burgess

Courtney Elizabeth Burgun

Michael William Burkarski

Jonathan Jesus Carbajal Paz

Nancy R Carr

Andrew Brian Casler

Stephanie Melissa Cico

Elizabeth A Clancy

Adam James Cole

Jordan Alyssa Cole

Jesus Raul Collazo Tornes

Mary F Coon

Kenisha Lee Corella

Sarah Jean Cresap

Theodore Adam David

Alyssa N DeSiato

Rachel Dibble

McKenzie Mae Dolan

Karyn Elizabeth Donath

Jessica Marie Doran

Kyle Joseph Dreverman

Aimi Elizabeth Drummond

Andy Vidta Edgar

Shannon Catherine Edwards

Emeilya Jane Erway

Wayne Joseph Farnsworth

Dylan John Flask

Aaron Freeman

William Edward Galvin

Joshua David Goetz

Stephen T Goffredo

Kayla Elizabeth Gove

Ronald Allen Gratton

Paris Marie Graziano

Paul M Grenga

Megan M Hart

Yncantessa Hawkins

Paw Hsa Hay

Kentria Kinte Haynes

Jewels Marie Johnson

Brittney E Jones

Charles Forest Jones

Daniel R Jorolemon

Gilbert G Karugu

Renee Rose Kaufman

Hailee Nicole Kolakowski

Michael David Laszlo

Dana C Leahy

Hayley Michelle Legler

Nicholas Alexander Lioto

Yanet Lora Llorente

Mallory Kaitlyn Lovcsanyi

Shaofang Mao

Bryan K Marchand

Eowyn L McAlhaney

Heather Lee McKenzie

Rhonda Marie Meneilly

Stephanie Marie Mercier

Ahmed Mohamed

Jonathan Michael Morsdorf

Alexandra Rose Mungo

Francois Ndayizigiye

Brittany Dawn Osorio

Dhruvi Pareshkumar Patel

Dah Ka Paw

Kristie Pecka

Noah E Phillips

David Jonathan Pinker

Alexander Phillip Polge

Eden Elizabeth Prindle

KaSandra Sue Purcell

Tavares Quarterman

Jack William Radford

Micah Paul Rawson

April Grace Riley

Nighton James Riley

Gavin James Russell

Patrice Samuels

Leah Marie Sawyer

Morgan Haley Schneider

Natalie Sage Sgroi

Camryn Taylor Shepard

Holly Jayne Sleeth

Bruce Allen Smith

Monique R Smith

Mason Robert Spink

Liam Stewart

Padam Bahadur Subedi

Hannah Elizabeth Sullivan

Marina Syssoyev

Jessica Ann Taylor

Melanie M Taylor

Rosemary A Thompson

Dominick Travis

Dain William Van Epps

James Lyle Walsh

Bethany Grace Ward

Erica Annick Weber

Jada Valentina Wilson-Togias

Cody Mathew Woodard

Abigail Mary Zevgolis

Waqas Zulfiqar

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