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PR # 214 April 27, 2009


Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received the prestigious Hallmark Award of Distinction at the organization?s International Conference, held April 16-19 in Grapevine, Texas.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges whose members excel in both academics and community service. RVCC?s Alpha Epsilon Pi Chapter was ranked in the Top 25 Distinguished Chapters based on their applications (called Hallmarks) detailing their activities during the year in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership and Service. The Distinguished Chapter award is awarded to the chapters who scored the highest in all three Hallmark categories.

In addition, RVCC student Nicole Singer was elected as the Phi Theta Kappa International Vice President for Division I?the only student representing the Northeast. Singer, a resident of Hillsborough, has been serving as New Jersey state president of the organization?s Middle States Region. The Middle States Region consists of 76 community colleges throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education. The organization boasts 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions.

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). The chapter?s officers include RVCC students James Alaggio, Kathryn MacDade, Maria Palar, Virgil Cebrian, Meghan Cannizzaro, Jacki Vena, Elizabeth LaMarca and Chloe Farrell.

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. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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