Fifty-five students were inducted from four fraternities and five sororities into the Lycoming College chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha, the National Greek Honor Society on March 21 during a ceremony in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall.
Gamma Sigma Alpha, a National Greek Academic Honor Society, was founded to promote intellectual interaction between Greek students and the academic community. The purpose of the Society is to promote the advancement of education among Greeks, to instill a greater spirit of cooperation among Greek students and organizations, and to encourage excellence in scholarship. Gamma Sigma Alpha is committed to the leadership, academic achievement, and excellence of Greek members everywhere.
Students are eligible for membership based on their grade point average and active membership in a Greek fraternity or sorority recognized by their university. The society strives to uphold the highest ideals of scholastic achievement, and therefore, only students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above at the start of their junior year (or have sixty or more credits) are eligible to join.
The following students were inducted into Gamma Sigma Alpha:
From Alpha Sigma Tau were seniors: Amanda Barrett, a history and archaeology major from Bensalem; Cassidy Coveleski, a corporate communications and political science major from Shamokin; Margaret Daubert, a creative writing major from Lincoln University; Miranda Giraldo, a biology major from Hudson, N.H.; Mackenzie Litwin, an archeology major from Astoria, Ore.; Breann Grzankowski, a psychology and education major from Lebanon, N.J.; Katelyn Lord, a health care administration major from Kingston; Katherine Valencia, a photography major from Neptune, N.J.; juniors: Rebecca Hutson, a psychology and education major from Hughesville; Shannon Lafferty, a finance and international studies major from Bensalem; Darrian McClellan, a junior corporate communications and political science major from Williamsport; and sophomores: Emily Feld, a psychology and education major from Succasunna, N.J.; Deanna Lowe, a German and English literature from Boyertown; Sarah Jaran, a French and English literature major from Budd Lake, N.J.
From Alpha Xi Delta were recent graduate Lynette Dooley, senior; seniors: Kristy Angstadt, a biology major from Oley; Rita Sausmikat, a history major from Williamsport; Emily Grusholt, a criminal justice and psychology major from Mechanicsville, Md.; Theresa Mcllhaney, a biology major from Bath; Megan Smith, a criminology major from Mill Hall; Bridget Norris, a philosophy major from Williamsport; juniors: Lauren DelGaizo, a creative writing and political science major from Rochester, N.Y.; Courtney Hayden, photography and corporate communication major from Wellsboro; Johanna Hripto, a biology major from Montrose; Jennifer Reilly, an archeology major from Chatham, N.J.; sophomores: Hannah Jenkinson, a biology major from Bechtelsville; Jacqueline Croteau, an archeology and sociology major from Islip, N.Y.; Rebecca Reed, a history and American studies major from Waynesboro.
From Alpha Rho Omega was junior Phuong Nguyen, a business and economics major from Vietnam.
From Beta Phi Gamma were recent graduate Hannah Morrisette, a biology major from Chambersburg; seniors: Kathleen Dayer, a digital communications major from Greenwich, N.Y.; Alexia Follweiler, a biology major from New Ringgold; Victoria Goodwin, a psychology major from Pipersville; Danielle Loiseau, a German and international studies major from Lancaster; juniors: Leah Handwerk, a sociology major from Hockessin, Dele.; Tenninger Kellenbarger, an archeology major from Encinitas, Calif.
From Gamma Delta Sigma were senior Shante Dennis, a psychology and business major from Kingston; Deidre Lupia, a psychology major from Reading; juniors: Judith Evans, a French and political science major from Montoursville; Mallory Kern, a chemistry major from North Huntingdon; Cathrin Manning, a photography and marketing major from York; and sophomore Emily Saylor, an archeology major from Millsboro, Dele.
From Kappa Delta Rho was senior Matthew Amendolara, a sociology major from Bristol, R.I.
From Lambda Chi Alpha were juniors Andrew Hindes, an economics and Spanish major from Pasadena, Md. and Richard Matel-Galatis, an economics and archeology major from Hillsborough, N.J.
From Phi Kappa Psi were seniors Jared Dietz, a management and marketing major from Oberlin; Casey Manion, a criminal justice major from Clarksville, Md.; and Michael Stefan, criminology major from Bel Air, Md.
From Tau Kappa Epsilon were seniors: Nathan Bahn, a German and international studies major from Abbottstown; Jake Greger, a German and international studies major from Red Hill; L. Jacob Kupperman, an archeology and history major from Manlius, N.Y.; Kyle Petchock, a commercial design major from Belle Mead, N.J.; Aaron Slagle, a marketing major from Waynesburg, Ohio; and juniors: Jeremy Chobot, a physics and mathematics major from Quakertown; Jonathan Gowin, a psychology major from Granville Summit; Michael Tusay, an archeology and history major from North Huntingdon.
In 1989, a group of scholastic achievers at the University of Southern California, representing various Greek fraternities and sororities joined together to create an organization dedicated to the advancement of higher education and academic accomplishment. The Alpha chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha was founded on November 9, 1989, as a result of these students' efforts. The national board was established the following year to promote the Society's ideals on campuses across the country.