By Myra Saturen
April 26, 2013
Northampton Community College recognized outstanding academic achievements at a Convocations Award Ceremony on April 25.
After the singing of "God Bless America," by students Amy Dewland, Jessica Marcantoni and Bryn Thorpe, accompanied on the piano by Mario Acerra, professor of radio/TV, Dr. Jeffrey Focht, vice president for academic affairs spoke to the audience. Reminding the gathering that success is not achieved alone, he acknowledged the awardees' effort and commitment and the contributions of faculty, staff, families and friends. "Know how proud we are of you," he said.
Dr. Charles Rinehimer, professor of biology and the 2012 recipient of the Christensen Award for Excellence in Teaching, addressed the honorees as "the reason I walk into class with a smile on my face and full of anticipation."
The top award, the Trustee Leadership Award was given to Khloud Hassan-Assran, a liberal arts/political science major, who also delivered the student address. Among her many accomplishments, she is president of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society. She is the first in her family to continue her education beyond high school and was commended as an outstanding student.
"I am thankful for the many leadership opportunities I have received at NCC," she said. "I made the right choice to come to NCC, with its welcoming and family-like environment. The award means so much to me and my family." She said the list of people she'd like to thank would require a second awards convocation to fit them all in, but she particularly singled out for her gratitude Frank Pologruto, director of student life, and Ronit Shemtov, associate professor of sociology.
Other awardees included:
Cesaria Adote - Pearson Education Award
Katelyn Armbruster - 2013 Jack Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Stacy Beaty - All Pennsylvania Academic Team, Newman Civic Fellows Award, Hites Foundation Higher Education Endowment Scholarship, Northampton Community College Service Learning Award
Susan Broyles - January 2013 Leadership Award - R.N.
Kristin Cook - All Pennsylvania Academic Team, Who's Who Among Students, Hites Foundation Higher Education Endowment Scholarship
Amy L. Dollak - Lehigh & Northampton Association for the Education of the Young Child Award
Qi Dong - All Pennsylvania Academic Team
Rachel Fehnel - Just Born Business Award
Eder M. Florian - Outstanding Academic Achievement in Chemistry Award
Brian Fry - Hites Foundation Higher Education Endowment Scholarship
Mark Gatsch - Klein Tools Award
Gary George - The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the International Society of Automation Nicholas A. Stangil Memorial Scholarship
Michael Gmitter - Clinical Achievement Award, R.N.
Alexander Haines - Who's Who Among Students
Chloe Hoyak - Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter American Institute of Architects Award
Michelle-Anne Kehler - Institute of Management Accounting Award
Erin Ketz - Marketing Insight Award
Kyla Kutz - Who's Who Among Students
Allyssa Langer - Who's Who Among Students
Melanie D. Lawson - Northampton County Bar Association Award
Anna Macagnone - Who's Who Among Students
Jessie Martinez - Who's Who Among Students
Phillisa Matthews - Who's Who Among Students
Rebekah A. Peluszak - Marconi Award for Radio/TV
Taylor Anne Quire - Monroe County Association for the Education of the Young Child Award
Timothy D. Reigle - Funeral Service Education Student of the Year Award
Rachel Reninga - Who's Who Among Students
Alicia Rennekamp - Who's Who Among Students
William R. Rowe, III - ACBSP Student Leadership Award
David Ruck - Who's Who Among Students
John Shin - All Pennsylvania Academic Team
Carada Springstead - Pearson Education Award
Andrew Stauffer - Who's Who Among Students
Jacob Steinour - Klein Tools Award, Electrical Contractors of the Lehigh Valley Award
Margaret Stewart - Bethlehem Jr. Women's Club Nursing Award
Lea V. Svendsen - Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Award
Courtney Lovella Taney - Drs. Edward & Arnold R. Cook Award for Academic Excellence in Dental Hygiene
Tara Vacca - 2013 L.P.N. Clinical Achievement Award, Monroe Campus
Tracy Vishnesky - 2013 L.P.N. Clinical Achievement Award, Main Campus
Lisa M. Wright - Liberal Arts Award
The Pan African One World United Student Caucus - Prism Diversity Award
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