More than 120 welcomed into honor societies' Penn College chapters
Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held induction ceremonies in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium for its four- and two-year honor society chapters, among the institution’s traditional end-of-semester activities in celebration of student accomplishment.
President Davie Jane Gilmour offered remarks during both of the April 9 ceremonies, and was joined at each by Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction.
Phi Theta Kappa
Ninety-six students were welcomed to the college’s Beta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for students in two-year majors. Each semester, membership invitations are extended to associate-degree students who have completed at least 12 hours of coursework in which they have a GPA of 3.5.
The speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony was chapter President Bailey E. Rowland, a nursing student from Williamsport. Other chapter officers are Vice President Krystle Jean Richardson, of Cogan Station, enrolled in human services & restorative justice; Devin S. Watson, of Shippensburg, electronics & computer engineering technology, treasurer; and Madison L. Gift, Waynesboro, applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, secretary.
Faculty advisers Karen L. Avery, instructor of biology, and Joe Loehr, associate professor of mass media communication/English-composition, oversaw the acceptance of these new PTK members:
Julia M. Abraham, Milton, health arts: practical nursing emphasis; Zak W. Anderson, Sunbury, engineering design technology; Jacob Patrick Anderson, Mechanicsburg, automated manufacturing technology; Autumn M. Ankiewicz, Tamaqua, civil engineering technology; Garrett M. Arnold, Mifflinville, building automation engineering technology; Ann Balinton, Mifflinburg, nursing; Annie Marie Bechdel, Beech Creek, radiography; Vanessa Lynn Marie Beck, Tyrone, business management; Lauren Bennett, Bloomsburg, pre-applied health studies.
Payta Minard Bentley, Sayre, pre-dental hygiene; Kaitlyn D. Bittenbender, Montgomery, nursing; Roger Dale Bohner Jr., Montoursville, aviation maintenance technology; Sydney A. Bruno, Williamsport, physical therapist assistant; Jada M. Buchanan, Belleville, nursing; Dieter C. Burckes, Hawley, electric power generation technology: diesel emphasis; Douglas L. Coakley Jr., Lock Haven, building automation engineering technology; Alisha Margaret Cole, Williamsport, business management; Gavin Christopher Colescott, Northumberland, building automation engineering technology.
Joseph A. Cowell, Bangor, network administration and engineering technology; Emily K. Cummins, Williamsport, heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering technology; Ben Antony Antolin Davies, Greensburg, aviation maintenance technology; Madison A. Delaney, Avis, applied health studies: radiography concentration; Ross Anthony DeLauro, Mansfield, electrical technology; Chris Allen Desrosiers, Broad Brook, Conn., diesel technology; Skyler John Devitt, Auburn, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Sasha Nicole Dressler, Mifflintown, human services and restorative justice.
Lucas James Farda, Stroudsburg, aviation maintenance technology; Roni F. Fitzhugh, Tobyhanna, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Caila N. Flanagan, Danville, business administration: management concentration; Steve Andrew Frederick, Williamsport, forest technology; Conor Patrick Fry, Camp Hill, building automation engineering technology; Travis L. Fulcher, Hazleton, mechatronics technology; Heidi E. Gatchell, Manchester, occupational therapy assistant; Ashley Diana Gentile-Wing, New Kensington, residential construction technology and management.
Madison L. Gift, Waynesboro, applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration; Paul Allen Grant, Elkton, Md., electric power generation technology: diesel emphasis; Serenity Hamlin, Williamsport, human services and restorative justice; Ashley S. Harmonosky, Williamsport, pre-nursing; Nikolas J. Harnish, Newmanstown, welding and fabrication engineering technology; CC Nicole Hawkins, Williamsport, applied management; Walter John Heiser, Easton, heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology; Kaylei L. Hildebrandt, Saint Leonard, Md., building automation engineering technology.
Isabel Marina Horst, Wernersville, pre-dental hygiene; Brandon Tyler Hostetlar, Austin, residential construction technology and management; Monica M. Howey, Linden, pre-nursing; Benjamin William Huff, Cogan Station, electrical technology; Trevor Liam Keaton, Lansdale, manufacturing engineering technology; Jacob Anthony Keller, Cross Junction, Va., heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis; Ellissa Renee Kunkel, Kempton, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Marshall Joseph LaBuda, Fogelsville, landscape/plant production technology.
Paul J. Langbein, Carnegie, diesel technology; Aaron Larson, Erie, forest technology; Matthew Kenneth Leedy, Lebanon, building automation engineering technology; Kaleb Robert LeVan-Fisher, York, automated manufacturing technology; Hannah M. Lilley, Williamsport, accounting; Christine A. Limbert, Curwensville, building science and sustainable design; Anna Alaina Lovell, Williamsport, applied health studies: radiography concentration; Hannah Ina Maskulyak, Shermans Dale, advertising art; Trevor Russell Mauk, Pleasant Gap, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Ashton Pierce Mausteller,Williamsport, civil engineering technology.
Eliot A. Miller, Halifax, information technology: network specialist concentration; Steven Alexander Nahay, McAdoo, electrical construction; Christine Nearhoof, Muncy, nursing; Patty A. Parker, Kulpmont, nursing; Andre V. Parreira, Lock Haven, building automation engineering technology; Sara L. Plankenhorn, Williamsport, applied management; Brandon Sy Ratjavong, Gordonville, information assistance and cyber security; Jadyn Sindel Reeder, Lock Haven, landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Alec Dalton Rees, Centerport, N.Y., manufacturing engineering technology.
Jacob Maynard Reitz, Lewisburg, electrical technology; Ryan Joseph Santora, Norwalk, Conn., diesel technology; Sarah E. Scaife, Williamsport, health arts: practical nursing emphasis; Carol Schwanger, Williamsport, nursing; Jalen Sarah Seyler, Jersey Shore, applied health studies: radiography concentration; Conner Ridge Shaffer, Selinsgrove, welding technology; Jon Chase Shimmel, Palmerton, engineering design technology; Kaitlynn Marie Shipe, Johnsonburg, building automation engineering technology; Mike Edward Skalski, Cranford, N.J., electrical technology.
Jake Michael Spinosa, Wood Ridge, N.J., heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis; Cheyenne Elizabeth Stein, Orwigsburg, residential construction technology and management; Chelsey Lee Streich, Coudersport, dental hygiene; Lorena Super, Port Matilda, dental hygiene; Asher E. Sutton, Dresher, mechatronics technology; Leah K. Taylor, Morris, pre-nursing; Thane J. Thomas, Forksville, mechatronics technology; Brent Hamlin Thomson, Williamsport, applied management; Vyonne Mae Undahl, Milton, business management; Dominic Leo Valentine, Brockton, aviation maintenance technology.
Paul Thomas Wardach Jr., Clarks Summit, metal fabrication technology; Devin S. Watson, Shippensburg, electronics and computer engineering technology; Zac Griffin Weaver, Pottstown, residential construction technology and management; Kayla Webb, Montoursville, emergency management and homeland security; Seth Wilkerson, Bloomsburg, human services and restorative justice; Kelly Ann Williams, Marion, N.Y., civil engineering technology; Daun Williamson, Linden, building construction technology; and Dawn Zimmerman, Granville Summit, physical therapist assistant.
Faculty co-sponsors Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, and Tammy A. Miller, instructor of biology, presided over the 1:30 p.m. induction of 26 students to the Pennsylvania Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi, The honor society is open to all bachelor-degree majors and is limited to the top 10 percent of junior and senior classes.
The chapter's newest members are:
Alan Alvarez-Chavez, Spring Grove, automotive technology management; Harlee Ginean Brooks, Wellsboro, nursing; Catherine Joan Coy, Clifton Park, N.Y., physician assistant studies; Hailey Rose Dunn, York Haven, applied management; Matthew Victor Fioretti, South Williamsport, accounting; Joe Getgen, State College, welding and fabrication engineering technology; CC Nicole Hawkins, Williamsport, applied management; Rebecca E. High, Willow Street, applied management; William Hoyes, Danville, nursing.
Patrick Eugene Hufnagle, Antes Fort, applied management; Nicholas J. Kleman, Shamokin, pre-physician assistant studies; Emma Klier, Hockessin, Del., physician assistant studies; Anna Alaina Lovell, Williamsport, applied health studies: radiography concentration; John Michael Maize, Riverside, information assurance and cyber security; Sonya Belay-Asmamaw Mengistu, Columbia, Md., dental hygiene; Celeste G. Moquin, Fairfield, applied management; Maddie Newell, Selinsgrove, health science; Katharine M. Noss, Shickshinny, nursing.
Nick James Pisano, Lancaster, residential construction technology and management; Kenni Ella Powell, Linden, industrial design; Adam T. Roe, Hallstead, construction management; Rachael Rutkoski, Herndon, building science and sustainable: architectural technology concentration; Lisa Margareta Maria Sever, Montoursville, nursing; Sydney M. Telesky, Milton, human services and restorative justice; Rachel L. Thompson, Williamsport, human services and restorative justice; and Justin Albert Yesalavage, Mahanoy City, information assurance and cyber security.
The 2021-22 officers for Alpha Chi – all of whom participated in the ceremony – are physician assistant studies students Latricia Rae Yocum, of Watsontown, president; Kathryn Ann Plankenhorn, of Montoursville, vice president; and Brynn Marie Dunkleberger, of Williamsport, secretary. Sara L. Plankenhorn, of Williamsport, majoring in applied management, is the chapter's social media manager.
– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor
Matthew Fioretti lights his candle and repeats the affirmation, striving to make Alphi Chi's ideals his "in scholarship and in service."
Rebecca High signs the membership roll.
Alpha Chi inductees return to their seats, the warm glow of candlelight infusing the auditorium.
With Gilmour's June retirement nearing, the afternoon ceremony was her last honors induction as president.
The president with Kenni Powell and Powell's grandmother, Bonnie, a retired longtime college secretary.
Phi Theta Kappa's Daun Williamson steps up to receive the president's wholehearted congratulations.
A row of white roses denotes the newest PTK chapter members.
Christine Limbert (right) shares a fun moment with her parents and sister, Jessica (who assumed PTK membership as a general studies student six years ago to the date). Christine earned an associate degree in architectural technology last year, and is in the final year toward her bachelor's.
Jake Spinosa returns to the stage for a post-ceremony photo with Gilmour.
Two of the officers – Rowland (center) and Gift – join key members of their inspiring faculty and administrative support system.