Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Beta Rho Kappa Chapter Welcomes New Members

Maria College Recognizes Academic Excellence  

ALBANY, NY, November 12, 2014 – The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Beta Rho Kappa Chapter at Maria College (of the New York Region), are inducting fifty-two students in a ceremony today at 4:30 pm in Marian Hall on the New Scotland Avenue campus.  This is the largest group of inductees since the chapter was chartered on January 20, 2009.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was founded in 1918.  It has more than two million members located in all 50 states and abroad.   Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges.   It is also one of the largest collegiate honor societies worldwide.

The Maria student inductees have achieved academic excellence and met the threshold for membership into the honor society; a minimum 3.5 GPA.   Their graduation diploma will also carry the official Seal of Phi Theta Kappa.

Assistant Professors, Barbara Ruslander and Dr. Stephanie Hutchins, Phi Theta Kappa Beta Rho Kappa Chapter Co-Advisors stated, “Today’s 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be a tribute to the hard work and perseverance of this year’s inductees.  They are modeling Maria College’s standards for academic excellence and achievement.  We are very proud of their accomplishments and welcome them into a distinguished group of honor society alumni.”

National Phi Theta Kappa alumni include Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut, Jim Lehrer, PBS News journalist, and H. Ross Perot, businessman and politician.