April 09, 2013
Four graduates of Northampton Community College (NCC) were honored in Harrisburg on Monday, April 8, as members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. They were selected from among students at community colleges across the state, based on academic excellence and leadership in a program co-sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa. The students are Stacy Beaty, Kristin Cook, Qi Dong, and John Shin.
Beaty, a biological science major, lives in Nazareth, PA. Before enrolling at NCC, she trained at Second Helpings, a non-profit culinary school in Indianapolis, and worked in food service for five years. At NCC she founded the Vegetarian Club, initiated Meatless Mondays in the college cafeteria and participated in the student leadership class. In 2012, she presented "The Effect of Education and Stress Reduction Programs on Feelings of Control and Positive Lifestyle Changes in Cancer Patients and Survivors" at the Beacon Conference, a yearly event for community college students. She plans to pursue her master's degree in public health and work as a registered dietician.
As part of NCC's service learning program, she volunteered at the Cancer Support Community in Bethlehem and at St. Michael Indian School in St. Michael, Arizona. A handbook she wrote for the Cancer Support Community has been accepted by the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community Based Research.
Cook, a hotel/restaurant major and a resident of Effort, PA, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa the international academic honor society for students at two-year colleges; Psi Beta, a national honor society for psychology students at two-year colleges; and Eta Sigma Delta, the international honor society for hospitality students. She is also an NCC Presidential Ambassador and a representative to the college's student senate. While attending college, she works full-time as a front desk agent at a Comfort Inn. She volunteers with Operation Touch of Home, which sends gifts to soldiers overseas and has also helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes and the American Red Cross. Her goals are to earn a master's degree in hospitality/resort management, be a CEO at a large hotel and build her own resort.
Dong, a business administration major who lives in Stroudsburg, PA, has been on the Dean's List every semester and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for students at two-year colleges. She has a 4.0 GPA. She is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Monroe County, and a volunteer teacher assistant at the Huaxia Chinese School at NCC. Dong plans to obtain her bachelor's degree, gain accounting experience and successfully complete the Certified Public Accountant exam so that she can earn her CPA license.
Shin, a student who transferred from Northampton Community College to Lehigh University, lives in Tannersville, PA. At NCC, he served as vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society for students at two-year colleges and was the treasurer of the college's Band of Brothers, a club for students who have served or are serving in the military. Shin is an U.S. Army reservist and a member of ROTC. As a past resident of New York, he volunteered at nursing homes there. He is majoring in economics and is a pre-dental student at Lehigh University. He plans to become a dentist.
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