Record Number of Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

web-ptk2015-5Apr 20, 2015 – Ninety-two 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 April 17, making this the largest number of students the Middlesex chapter has inducted in its 20 year history. 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, associate professor and program coordinator of Engineering Science and Computer Engineering Technology, and Patty Raymond, professor of business administration and marketing. Lawrence Herrera, president of MxCC’s Beta Gamma Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Anna Wasescha, MxCC President, Dr. Steve Minkler, the Academic Dean of MxCC, and Mary Anne Cox, chairperson of the MxCC Foundation, made remarks during the induction event.

Inductees were (listed here with hometowns):


Mohamed Ahmed Meriden
Laila Alhalabi Middletown
Meghan Ambler Cromwell
Donna Aresco Middletown
Zachary Augenstein Middlefield
Corey Austin Newtown
Kathleen Barry Rocky Hill
Raymond Belanger Wallingford
Elissa Brenner Wallingford
Christina Cerillo Branford
Kathryn Charette Wallingford
Kelsey Christensen Deep River
Krista Cianfaglione Middletown
Matthew Ciccone Wallingford
Beth Coitrone Meriden
Joseph DiNatale East Haven
Elena Doshchitsyna Waterbury
Corie Doyle Quaker Hill
Bruno Eire Guilford
Christopher Ennis Middletown
Richard Fernandes Old Saybrook
Jordan Franco Southington
Susan Fraser Old Lyme
Sabrina Garcia Nunez Meriden
LaToya Garofalo Middletown
Zachary Giroux East Haddam
Christopher Goralski Middletown
Jessica Grote Deep River
Lauren Grover Meriden
Cassandra Guidetti Plantsville
Heather Hamilton East Hampton
Meredith Hamm Westbrook
Catherine Hampton Cromwell
Sarah Hanford Haddam
Elisabeth Hiers Middletown
Musammad Hossain Middletown
Mary Hunnicutt Branford
Kathryn Inferrera Middletown
Debra Jarzabek Middletown
Shannon Jorgensen Old Saybrook
Amanda Knight Middletown
Giovanna Lakomy Rockfall
Shanikia Lane Hartford
Carli Anne Lanou East Hampton
Nicole Lastauskas New Britain
Patricia Lavigne Wethersfield
Maria de Jesus Leon Meriden
Lynette Lindner Cheshire
Erika Longden Meriden
Ramon Maldonado Rocky Hill
Eisler Martinez Meriden
Hunter Martins Branford
Jaime Matos Middletown
Katelynn Maxwell Chester
Brenna McKinnon Marlborough
Bethany Meyer Haddam
Rocco Morgan Northford
Jonathan Murchison Meriden
Linsey Ochenkowski Northford
Angelique Ortiz Middletown
Joy Pape Meriden
Jodie Pastore Newington
Caitlyn Paterek Meriden
Rosemary Picarelli Meriden
Brendan Plake Middletown
Andrew Post Middletown
Michael Primo Higganum
Jon Pulaski Clinton
Mikayla Raccio Meriden
Jacqueline Richo Wallingford
Joshua Rivera Moodus
Rebekah Roy Middletown
Seth Sadoian New Britain
Lisa Sanders Middletown
Karla Santos Groton
Mathew Siena Middletown
Nicholas Sinopoli Meriden
George Smith Rocky Hill
Kazuha Steele Middletown
Kimberly Struthers Rocky Hill
Chelsea Sutton Middletown
Isabel Sutton Lyme
Jeffrey Swatkins Guilford
Brenna Thommen Guilford
Abigail Tirone Moodus
Alain Tshipamba Middletown
Ceara Wettemann Killingworth
Amy White Guilford
Barbara Wilson Chester
Adam Wolak Lebanon
Chun Yung Deep River
Stephen Zunda Meriden

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.