Genesee's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Celebrates 50th Induction Ceremony

43 New Members Inducted at Ceremony

Genesee Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society inducted its 50th group of members on Friday, October 30, 2009 at the Batavia Campus. Genesee’s chapter, Alpha Iota Upsilon, was founded on February 15th, 1985 by Dr. Bernie Hoerbelt, retired professor of Mathematics. To date, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has inducted over 2,400 students at Genesee. At Genesee’s 50th induction ceremony, Dr. Hoerbelt gave the keynote address.
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. To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associated degree course work and earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, a 3.3 GPA.

“This was a momentous occasion for Genesee’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa,” Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemistry and one of Phi Theta Kappa Advisors said. “It was great for the students to hear from Dr. Hoerbelt. Not only was he instrumental in developing Phi Theta Kappa at the College, but also in the development of Genesee Community College from its beginnings.”

For the full list of inductees please visit

For more information, please contact Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor at Genesee Community College, at (585) 343-0055 x6391.


A photograph Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, PTK advisor (left) and Dr. Bernard Hoerbelt, keynote speaker at the 50th annual induction ceremony (right), is available at: