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NMC Honor Society Inducts 20 New Members (April 7, 2011)

The Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society celebrated the induction of twenty new members into the Society on Saturday, March 26th.

Family, friends, NMC Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera, 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, criminal justice, education, nursing, and liberal arts majors: Candelaria Aldan, Sunny Aldan, Ronalyn Atienza, Querlain Blas, Hazel Marie Doctor, Raphael Dowai, Jennie Duenas, Sung Hoon Ham, Joy Lacorte, Beatrice Mesngon, Arisha Nishimura, Richard Pizarro, and Joel Tudela.

Also welcomed into the chapter were seven new Provisional members: Rachelle Alturas, Jalayne Benavente, Ritalina Chipwelong, Karen Dela Cruz, Kristine Dequito, Derek Leung, and Nisha Shrestha.

The induction ceremony was carried out by the current PTK officers President Glenn Songcuan, Vice President Mindy Park, Recording Secretary Janel Pangelinan, Membership Secretary Dyenina Diaz, Public Relations Officer Mightee Kim, and Faculty Advisor Larry Lee.

NMC’s Director of Learning Communities, Student Engagement, and First-Year Experience, Ms. Geri Willis, was the keynote speaker for the event, and she inspired the audience with a very motivating keynote address. 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) toprovide 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 Glenn Songcuan, or advisor Larry Lee for further information.

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