Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, PTK advisor (left) and Dr. Bernard Hoerbelt, keynote speaker at the 50th annual induction ceremony (right).
Genesee's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Celebrates 50th Induction Ceremony
2009 Nov 16Genesee Community College's Phi Theta Kappa honor society inducted its 50th group of members on Friday, October 30, 2009 at the Batavia Campus. Genesee's chapter, Alpha Iota Upsilon, was founded on February 15th, 1985 by Dr. Bernie Hoerbelt, long time advisor of PTK and retired professor of Mathematics. To date, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has inducted over 2,400 students at Genesee. At the 50th induction ceremony Dr. Bernie Hoerbelt gave the keynote address. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming. To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associated degree course work and earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, a 3.3 GPA. "This was a momentous occasion for Genesee's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa," Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and one of Phi Theta Kappa Advisors said. "It was great for the students to hear from Dr. Hoerbelt. Not only was he instrumental in developing Phi Theta Kappa at the College, but also in the development of Genesee Community College from its beginnings." This year's inductees, as well as their hometowns, are listed below.