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NMC Honor Society Inducts 14 New Members (November 6, 2013)

Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society recently celebrated the induction of fourteen new members into the Chapter. Family, friends, NMC President Dr. Sharon Hart, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Dr. Grace Turner, PTK members and advisors 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 the community through various community service and leadership activities.

The 14 newest Full members include students from the business, hospitality management, education, natural resources management, nursing, and liberal arts majors, namely: Mayleen Rose T. Aldan, Ronnie Cherise C. Camacho, John O. Camacho, James Edward S. Dela Cruz, Jian Bernice H. Joyner, Mark Anthony B. Liban, Koniko Desirae M. Nakazato, David K. Paek, Nicole I. Sablan, Amanda Maria W. Santos, Min Jung Song, Kyanna Martina Tenorio, Salvi Diomar C. Villanueva, and Jiwon (Rebekah) Lee. Also welcomed into the chapter were two new Provisional members, Chakhrit J. Kapileo and Justine Conrad A. Mallari.

The induction ceremony was carried out by the current PTK officers President Lani Russell, Recording Secretary Maria Luise Del Carmen, Membership Secretary Su Jin Jeon, Public Relations Secretary Kathleen Ann Laurio, Treasurer Jatanna Sherise Cabrera, and Advisors Leo Pangelinan, Jacqueline Che and Jack Kiyoshi.

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Dr. Grace Turner was the keynote speaker for the event, delivering a motivating keynote address based on the first PTK hallmark: scholarship. Dr. Turner’s message of intellectual scholarship inspired the members to continue exemplifying scholarship and a commitment to learning as they continue their path in education and employment.

One new officer for the 2014 academic year, the Vice President, was also officially installed: Jian Bernice H. Joyner. The formal induction ceremony was followed by a 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 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 memberships, or activities, contact chapter president Lani Russell, or advisor Leo Pangelinan.

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