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Forty-two Alfred University students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society

Forty-two Alfred University students—seven seniors, 15 juniors, and 20 graduate students—were inducted Thursday, April 7, into the Alfred University chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

ALFRED, NY – Forty-two Alfred University students—seven seniors, 15 juniors, and 20 graduate students—were inducted Thursday, April 7, into the Alfred University chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education. The Greek letters of Phi Kappa Phi stand for the society’s motto, “Philosophia Krateito Photon,” which is freely translated, “Let the Love of Wisdom Rule Humanity.” The Alfred University chapter was established in 1970.

In its 53rd annual initiation ceremony, held Thursday in the Herrick Library Bookend Lounge, the chapter honored the academic accomplishments of its newly inducted members. Chapter President Roger Loucks, professor of physics, presided over the induction ceremony. He was assisted by Chapter Treasurer Brian Sullivan, dean of Libraries, and Chapter Secretary Mariah Evans, academic success coach. Deb Rollins, administrative assistant to the dean and director of Libraries, was instrumental in planning the ceremony.

Graduates students inducted were Aleise Richards of Rockville Centre, NY, school counseling; Stephanie Roche of Melville, NY, school counseling; Jennifer Vigliotti of Smithtown, NY, school counseling; Niasia Amponsah of Lake Grove, NY, education, counseling; Gilda Aparicio of Massapequa Park, NY, school counseling; Cristal Ameera Marie Gonzales of Queens Village, NY, school counseling; Christina Heerey of Woodhaven, NY, school counseling; Rosanna Mossa of Astoria, NY, education; Taylor Donnelly of North Massapequa, NY, school counseling; Letice Cox of Brooklyn NY, education; Allison Tanner of Oriskany, NY, school psychology; Madison Curtis of Hornell, NY, mental health counseling; Christopher Lawrence of Airmont, NY, counseling; Rodney Garcia of Westbury, NY, education; Ashley Johnson of Merrick, NY, school counseling; Christina Padron of Ozone Park, NY, mental health counseling; Ana Perez of Mohegan Lake, NY, mental health counseling; Crystal Quijano of Whitestone, NY, education; Sherdina Richard of Brooklyn, NY, school counseling; and Sasha Lopez of Springfield Gardens, NY, school counseling.

Seniors inducted were Tarah Perez of Elmhurst, NY, psychology; Jessica Pfeil of Elmira Heights, NY, early childhood education; Jelissa Adams of Brooklyn, NY, liberal studies (school counseling); Sabrina Harndon of Horseheads, NY, early childhood/childhood education; Andrea MacDonald of Buffalo, NY, renewable energy engineering; Margaret Shank of Wellsville, NY, psychology; and Carley VanZile of Corning, NY, psychology.

Juniors inducted were: Mari Jablonski of Monticello, GA, art and design (dance minor); Karly Welty of Olean, NY, criminal justice (business minor); Karisma Patrick of Mount Vernon, NY, political science and communication studies; Stephany Samis of Le Roy, NY, clinical psychology; Naomi Buchholz of Wellsville, NY, early childhood/childhood education, sociology; Eleanor Fannin of Tiffin, OH, history and Spanish; Rachel Fleischman of East Sparta, OH, communication studies; Helen Bostock of Buffalo, NY, psychology and anthropology; Joseph Falvo of Utica, NY, materials science and engineering (physics, mathematics, music minors); Robert Giancarlo of Amherst, NY, pre-med; Elizabeth Gollhofer of Bolton Landing, NY, art and design; Anna Gwozdz of South Wales, NY, biomaterials engineering; Vyper Latulippe of Onset, MA, ceramic engineering and ceramic art; Cecilia Sherwood of Indiana, PA, arts, business administration, arts management; and Matthew Wedzik of North East, PA, business administration. 

Pictured in the photo above at Thursday’s induction ceremonies for the Alfred University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi: (front from left) inductees Andrea MacDonald, Kirsten Gollhoffer, Anna Gwozdz, Karly Welty, Helen Bostock, and Eleanor Fanning and (back from left) Roger Loucks (professor of physics and chapter president), Stephen Crandall (dean emeritus of Libraries and former chapter president), inductees Rachel Fleischman, Mari Jablonski, Robert Giancarlo, Joseph Falvo, and Brian Sullivan (dean of Libraries and chapter treasurer). The students pictured were present at Thursday’s induction ceremonies.