Naugatuck Valley Community College held the 36th annual induction ceremony for the National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa on Monday, April 10. Faculty, staff, friends, and family celebrated the achievements of 146 student inductees. The event opened with a welcome by Professor Lisa Kaufman, an advisor for the organization. NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis, Ph.D., delivered the opening remarks commending the academic achievements of the students, Dean of Academic Affairs Irene Rios-Knauf, Ph.D., congratulated the recipients, and NVCC Professor of English Steve Parlato delivered the keynote address. The event also featured invited speaker, Jillian Noseworthy, an NVCC PTK alumna. The name “Phi Theta Kappa” was formed from the letters of the Greek words meaning, “wisdom,” “aspiration,” and “purity.” The society was formed in 1918 at Stephens College in Colombia, Missouri, by a committee of presidents of two-year colleges who wanted to provide academic recognition of their students.
The induction ceremony followed the opening remarks and 98 fall and 48 spring inductees were part of this academic rite of passage for the 2016-’17 academic year. The officers of PTK, including: President Ashley Anger, Vice President Carlos Garcia-Montes, Treasurer Michelle Mangnuson, and Five-Star Officer Kimberly Fernandes were present to pass on the torch. Professors Lisa Kaufmann and Greg Harding, faculty advisors expressed their sincerest gratitude to President De Filippis and Dean Rios-Knauf for their support of the organization and its students.