Genesee's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Receives Distinguished Chapter Recognition

The Phi Theta Kappa – Alpha Iota Upsilon Chapter at Genesee Community College won third place for Distinguished Chapter during the Phi Theta Kappa New York regional convention in Ithaca, NY in March. To be considered for the distinguished award, the chapter must have reached the Five-Star level, meaning that they have excelled in the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

Genesee’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been particularly active recently with numerous community-centered projects such as collecting and coordinating a mass mailing of needed sundries for U. S. troops overseas; sponsoring a wind energy symposium; a breast cancer awareness session; and encouraging cell phone recycling as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Wipe Out Wireless Waste initiative.

The Phi Theta Kappa students, particularly officers Colleen Kowalczyk (President), Kevin Nadrowski (Vice-President), Susan Harrell (Secretary), Jessica Morrell (Treasurer), Velicia Stewart (Public Relations), and Robin Whittington (Webmaster), have worked extremely hard to make the group’s efforts a success and to reach the Five-Star level. The Distinguished Chapter prize includes a free registration to the International Honors Institute to be held this summer in San Francisco, CA.

In addition to the Distinguished Chapter recognition, Genesee’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter also won a Pinnacle Award for increasing membership by ten percent. The award provides for one free registration fee to the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention to be held in Philadelphia, PA, in April 2008.

“Genesee’s Phi Theta Kappa is a very active group of students that are energetic and enthusiastic about the community service projects they undertake,” said Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor. “It is a pleasure to work with them.”

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming.

For more information contact Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado at 585-343-0055 x6391 or by email at