Four NCC students chosen for honor
Four students at Northampton Community College have been named to the All-PA Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for students at two-year colleges. Each honoree receives a tuition waiver to any college within the Pennsylvania state system.
Michael Rex, of Northampton, is currently in his last semester at Northampton Community College and is planning to transfer to Kutztown University in the fall where he will be a secondary education major in mathematics. As Vice President of the Honors Club, Michael loves to volunteer and serve his community. Michael enjoys volunteering at Special Olympics, coaching youth soccer, serving on his local soccer commissioner committee, and feeding the homeless. Michael would like to thank his family, friends, professors, and all those who made his education possible and who have had profound influences on his life.
Kathryn Seaton, of Nazareth, is a sophomore at Northampton Community College, with a major in Environmental Science. Her main focus is on clean and renewable energy, and to also conserve major ecological hot-spots. She plans to transfer to Delaware Valley University to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in habitat management because she loves learning how ecosystems function. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys hiking, exercising, and volunteering. She works part-time at a retirement home, on the dining services team. One of her most proud accomplishments is helping create a club on campus named Sprout Initiative. The club's focus is to empower local homeless youth by holding weekly workshops that build self-esteem and a sense of community. Kathryn is excited for the future, and is always ready to expect a challenge.
Fitzgerald Joseph, of Stroudsburg, is a biological science major at the Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus and intends to transfer to West Chester University to study cell and molecular biology and chemistry. His goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. On the Monroe Campus, he is a member of the Beta Beta Chi chapter of the international academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa and tutors mathematics and chemistry at the Learning Center. On the Bethlehem Campus, he participates in the Christian Fellowship Club. A U.S. permanent resident from Haiti, he feels that "the opportunity to relocate to the United States will allow me to achieve my goals that I have set forth relating to academia."
Lori Ann Bloch, of Stroudsburg is a hospitality - meeting and event planning major at the NCC Monroe Campus. She is looking forward to completing her studies in business management with a focus on Entrepreneurial Studies.
At Northampton, Lori participated in many activities. She is a student governance senator, graduate of the Northampton Community College Student Leadership Program, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, as well as a member of Eta Sigma Delta, the hospitality educational honors society. Seeing the need for an organization to connect the Monroe students with volunteer and service learning opportunities throughout the community, Lori started and is the founding president of Alpha Phi Omega, the college's first national service fraternity. Lori also serves her local community as a board member of the Pocono Arts Council and as Special Events Director for BW NICE, a fundraising partner for the local domestic violence shelter, Women's Resources of Monroe County.
When not participating in school and community activities, Lori is a busy wife and mother. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and wine, as it is her desire to study for a sommelier designation in the future.
Members of the All-PA Academic Team qualify for two-year scholarships to any of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institutions and compete at the national level for scholarships from the All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.
With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has state-of-the-art locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, and Monroe County, serving more than 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 48 countries and 25 states.