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NMC Honor Society Inducts 16 New Members (April 26, 2012)

The Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society celebrated the induction of sixteen new members into the Society on Saturday, March 31st. Family, friends, NMC President Dr. Sharon Hart, ASNMC President Lawrence Camacho, faculty, and PTK members joined in the festivities at the Pacific Islands Club Charley’s Cabaret to honor the new inductees.

In order to qualify for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must distinguish themselves by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, in addition to serving and contributing to our Commonwealth through various community service and leadership activities. The thirteen newest Full members include students from the business, hospitality management, education, natural resource management, nursing, and liberal arts majors, namely: Severino Alforeza, Rachelle Alturas, Esperlyne Castro, Hilma Castro, Shane Golingo, Geraldine Hofschneider, Olivia Leung, Alvijane Manabat, Anne Padilla, Angel San Nicolas, Nisha Shrestha, Harrison Smith, and Evert Van Der Maas. Also welcomed into the chapter were three new Provisional members, Ericka Dela Rosa, Peachy Rasa, and Alex Shen.

The induction ceremony was carried out by the current PTK officers President Elowena Camacho, Vice President Dyenina Diaz, Recording Secretary Beatrice Mesngon, Membership Secretary Robert Deleon Guerrero, Public Relations Officer Stacey Demapan, Treasurer Joserin Mendiola, and Faculty Advisor Larry Lee.

NMC faculty member Sam McPhetres was the keynote speaker for the event, and he inspired the audience with a very motivating keynote address. The new officers for the upcoming 2013 academic year were also officially installed: President Stacey Demapan, Vice President Olivia Leung, Recording Secretary Beatrice Mesngon, Membership Secretary Harrison Smith, Public Relations Officer Derek Leung and Treasurer Geraldine Hofschneider. The formal induction ceremony was followed by a delicious buffet dinner.

An international organization, Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence, leadership, and service in two-year colleges since 1918. It is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in the 50 United States, U.S. territories, Canada, and Germany. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: (1) to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students; and (2) to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

For additional information about the NMC chapter, its membership, or activities, please contact chapter president Elowena Camacho, or advisor Larry Lee for further information.

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