Genesee's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Honored at Regional Convention

Genesee Community College's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, Alpha Iota Upsilon chapter, has recently returned from the New York Regional PTK Convention in Syracuse, NY with an abundance of recognition and awards.

Genesee Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, Alpha Iota Upsilon chapter, has recently returned from the New York Regional PTK Convention in Syracuse, NY with an abundance of recognition and awards. Not only was the group recognized for their growth and service, but two students as well a faculty member were honored for their continued commitment to the prestigious honor society. Additionally, Cliff Scutella, Director of Student Activities will be honored with the Distinguished Administrator Award at the International PTK Convention in Orlando, Florida April 8-10, 2010.

Five students as well as advisor, Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado traveled to Syracuse during February 26-28 to represent the Genesee chapter of PTK. For the third year in a row, the chapter reached the Five-Star level. Only a handful of chapters in the state are able to obtain that level of chapter development. Genesee’s chapter was also recognized with a Pinnacle Award for increasing enrollment of new members by 10 percent. Currently Genesee’s chapter has 160 members. The chapter also received the Second Runner-Up for Most Distinguished Chapter. This award is based on the scores obtained for the Scholarship, Leadership and Service hallmarks submitted from over 60 PTK chapters.

In addition to the chapter’s awards, Lori Mould (the NY Region Historian) received the Most Distinguished Regional Officer award for her excellent job and dedication to the NY Region. Lori will be running for PTK International president in April at the PTK International Convention. Advisor, and associate professor of Chemistry, Rafael Alicea-Maldonado received the Paragon Award. This award is given to new advisors (advising for less than five years) who make significant contributions to the growth of the individual members, serve as the chapter's advocate on campus, and encourage the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level of the organization. Lastly, student, Ben Bakos Jr. was recognized for revamping the PTK NY Region website and creating the logo “Think Green” for the New York t-shirt.

The 2010-2011 Honors Topic for Phi Theta Kappa is “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise”. During the NY Regional Convention, Genesee students Brittany Boyce and Leah Reino presented the topic “Global Warming: An inconvenient Lie?” The presentation focused on the effects the media has on this and other topics.

In April, at the International Phi Theta Kappa Convention in Orlando, Florida, director of Student Activities, Cliff Scutella will be awarded the Distinguished Administrator Award. He will be one of only 25 administrators in the country who will receive the award. He was nominated by Genesee’s chapter of PTK for his commitment to the students and PTK initiatives. A graduate of a community college, Mr. Scutella knows the value of Phi Theta Kappa and the work the students are doing.

“The success of the chapter really speaks for the students here at GCC,” Mr. Scutella said. “We often hear of the bad things occurring with young people. I’m lucky I get to experience students reaching out and doing good things. I’m honored that the students nominated me for this award. I try support the group as much I can. I just wish I could recognize them more for all that they do for the College and the community.”

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. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.6 to become a member. The next induction ceremony is April 23, 2010 at 7:00pm in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia Campus.

For more information about PTK contact Dr. Alicea-Maldonado at 585-343-0055 x6391 or email:


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