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PR # 163 February 26, 2009


Raritan Valley Community College?s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society earned the Five-Star award at the 22nd annual Middle States Regional Convention, held February 20-22 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges whose members excel in both academics and community service. The Five-Star award is given to chapters that excel in the categories of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service.

RVCC student Katie Macdade was named one of three Distinguished Officers. Fellow students James Alaggio and Thomas Bashtarz were selected to the Chapter Member Hall of Honor.

In addition to the Five-Star award, the chapter received the following awards: Diamond Award, Pinnacle Award and the prestigious Award of Achievement, earned by only one other chapter in the region.

The Middle States Region consists of 76 community colleges throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. RVCC?s Alpha Epsilon Pi Chapter will continue to compete in the International Convention, to be held in Texas in April.

The RVCC chapter is advised by RVCC Professors Steve Schwarz (Computer Science Department), Anne Marie Anderson (Business and Public Service Department) and Pattiann Kletz (Business and Public Service Department).

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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