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Pictured are new inductees during the traditional lighting ceremony, left to right: Mollie Currier,  Elizabeth Gadsby, Eric Gumkowski, and Todd Hart

Clarion University–Venango Campus' Alpha Kappa Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa held its 34nd Annual Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 18, at the Quality Inn in Franklin. Guest speakers for the evening were Jodi Ion, former Alpha Kappa Delta president, and Dayvana Schreiner, Pennsylvania president of Phi Theta Kappa.

Professor Beth Jackson, long-time advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, welcomed the audience of nearly 100, composed of members, their families, and campus faculty and staff. Dr. Chris Reber, executive dean at the Venango Campus, congratulated the students on their achievements. Reverend Dennis Lawton offered the invocation and benediction.

Mr. Ion, flight paramedic with STATMedEvac and 2010 graduate of Clarion University's associate of science in nursing program, located at Venango Campus, encouraged attendees to be willing to take risks and embrace life's challenges and opportunities in order to grow as a person and achieve one's goals.
Ms. Schreiner told the audience about the exceptional leadership opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa provides and described how she had grown professionally and personally through the organization.

Inducted into the honor society were Julie Cashdollar, Betty Cordwell, Mollie Currier, Elizabeth Gadsby, Erica Garbarino, Eric Gumkowski, Bobbie Haag, Todd Hart, Rusty Hartzell, Aaron Hebner, Julie Karns, Devin Kuberry, Terry Leatherman, Catherine McBride, Vicki McBurney, Diana Mills, Bradley Myers, Teresa Perry, James Rowland, Zachary Rusnak, Kelly Wehler, and Corrina Woods.

Officers for the 2010-2011 academic year were Doreen Lawton, president; Bobbie Haag, vice president; Julie Cashdollar, secretary; and Theresa Nestor, treasurer.

Newly-elected officers for the 2011-2012 academic year are Elizabeth Gadsby, president; Rusty Hartzell, vice president of fundraising; Teresa Perry, vice president of membership; Terry Leatherman, vice president of public relations; Corrina Woods and Erica Garbarino, co-vice presidents of community events; Theresa Nestor, treasurer; and Julie Cashdollar, secretary.

The Alpha Kappa Delta chapter is active on both the Venango Campus and in the community. It co-sponsors the Oil City Community Easter Egg Hunt, coordinates and hosts bi-annual blood drives, is active in the Adopt-a-Highway program and the Totes-for-Tots program, which encourages reading for children in area Head Start programs and pre-schools. The chapter was awarded 5-star status, the highest level of achievement for a Phi Theta Kappa chapter in 2010.

Established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International 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. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, and Palau. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

Clarion University–Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health and its Department of Applied Technology. Clarion University–Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.
3/22/2011 3:50 PM

Clarion University–Venango Campus Honor Society Holds Induction