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NMC Honor Society Inducts 19 New Members (November 24, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society celebrated the induction of nineteen new members into the Society on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Family, friends, NMC Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera, faculty, and PTK members joined in the festivities at Saipan Grand Hotel’s Club V 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 seventeen newest Full members include students from the business, criminal justice, education, nursing, natural resource management, and liberal arts majors: Nadia Benjamin, Claire Cabrera, Elowena Camacho, Ian Carr, Hilma Marie Castro, Kyeong Bin Kim, Myung Ah Ko, Soohee Kwak, Jeong Hyun Kwon, He Jin Lee, Xiu Zhen Lizama, Joserin Mendiola, Katherine Mersai, Jan Michael Reyes, Sharisse Rivera, Antonio Tiples, and Hee Yong (Sophia) Yoon. Also welcomed into the chapter were two new provisional members: Beatrice Mesngon and Arisha Nishimura.

The induction ceremony was carried out by the current PTK officers President Glenn Songcuan, Vice President Mindy Park, Recording Secretary Janel Pangelinan, Membership Secretary Albert Indalecio, Treasurer Shannon Hofschneider, and Faculty Advisor Larry Lee.

The members selected the Honorable Justice John A. Manglona as the keynote speaker for the event, and he 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) 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, contact chapter president Glenn Songcuan, or advisor Larry Lee for further information.

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