Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

web-IMG_5373May 2, 2014 – Sixty-five students who have exemplified academic excellence, leadership, fellowship, and service were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Middlesex Community College during a ceremony held on May 2. This international honor society represents scholastic success and academic success at two-year colleges.

Since its inception, the chapter has been an active part of the Middletown campus. Members have participated in campus-wide student-sponsored events such as distributing food baskets and gifts to area families, registering voters, assisting at blood drives, and serving as ushers and greeters at formal functions on campus. This year, members held fundraisers to provide two $500 scholarships for qualified Phi Theta Kappa students. The members also collected food and books that were distributed to Amazing Grace Food Pantry and local children’s organizations.

“Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious honor society serving two- year colleges around the world,” said Professor Patty Raymond. “These extraordinary students have fulfilled all requirements for membership and have been selected because they have chosen scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship as their hallmarks.”

The ceremony was organized and conducted by chapter co-advisors, Dr. Lin Lin assistant professor and program coordinator of engineering science and computer engineering technology, and Patty Raymond, professor of business administration and marketing. Lindsay Grote, president of MxCC’s Beta Gamma Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and H. Brian Dumeer, chairman of the MxCC Foundation, made remarks during the induction event.

Inductees were (listed here with hometowns):

James Bertoldi Wallingford
Ashley Brown Deep River
Shaun Byrne East Haddam
Ashley Carofano Woodbridge
Michael Carrano Branford
Rachel DiCarlo Waterbury
Timothy Doak Chester
Kristen Erdos Meriden
Cheryl Garner Middletown
Eloise Giannelli Southington
Carmen Gutierrez Wallingford
Amanda Jones Wallingford
Lorraine King Clinton
Leah Kot Meriden
Ryan Launder Middletown
Kelly Lisitano Haddam
Nancy Lynch Cromwell
Carol Milevschi Bristol
Joseph Morrow Madison
Eamon O’Connor Madison
Patrick Parker Jr. Meriden
Leah Perkins Rocky Hill
Tyler Quinn Cromwell
Bonnie Ryder Durham
Elena Sanchez Rocky Hill
Luis Serazo Portland
Andrew Sidera North Branford
Nolan Smyth Lyme
Joseph Tanasi Middletown
Cynthia Varricchio Portland
Nicole Aston West Hartford
Theodore Bartkoski Rocky Hill
Courtney Bugden Westbrook
Zachariah Carmichael Killingworth
Geraldina Castro Meriden
Melissa D’Amico Meriden
Rachel Dempsey Meriden
Steven DiStefano Jr. Middletown
Rebecca Dow Preston
Matty Faulkner Old Saybrook
Kaitlin Ferrero East Haddam
Brittney Foster East Haven
Matthew Fruin Bristol
Virginia Galgano East Berlin
Katelynn Goldsmith Higganum
Michele Haynes East Haddam
Lawrence Herrera Cromwell
James Johnson Killingworth
Sara Kaiser Cromwell
Kenneth Kusmierski Chester
Nikki Lyss Old Saybrook
Getrude Maritim Meriden
Alicia McCoy Middletown
Emily Merriam Haddam
Tabatha Merrill Durham
Sheldyn Oliver Middletown
Morgan Perry Higganum
Alexandra Porter Westbrook
A.s.m. Rahman Middletown
Kellie Robbins Middletown
Tonya Salyerds Middletown
Avery Skelton Guilford
Michael Steffman Middletown
Sierra Sunshine Lyme
Alexander Yates Old Saybrook


Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College ( is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.