Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

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April 27, 2016 – In recognition of their academic excellence, leadership, fellowship, and service, 70 Middlesex Community College students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during a ceremony held at the College on April 22.  As new members of the award-winning Beta Gamma Xi Chapter, these students are now part of the largest international honor society for two-year colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa has been an active part of the MxCC community for more than 20 years.  During this past academic year, student members participated in the state-wide Community College Completion Corps event and completed the Honor in Action Project on “The Cresting Point,” a documentary film about the feasibility of solar power use on a college campus.  They also attended regional and international conferences, and held fundraising events for the MxCC Foundation’s scholarship program.

This year, under the direction of co-advisors Dr. Lin Lin, Dr. Eva Jones and Ms. Landi Hou, MxCC’s chapter earned the highest Five Star Level Chapter designation for the first time – recognizing the chapter’s high level of regional and national engagement.  The chapter also received the Honors in Action Distinguished Theme Award, and Connecticut C4 Participation Recognition.  Co-Advisor Dr. Lin received the New England Region Horizon Award.

Inductees were (listed here with hometown):

Alexander Dejesus, Centerbrook

Kelly Fairbrother,  Cheshire

Rachel Watkins, Chester

Kalyn Schutz, Clinton

Jordan Longo, Clinton

Deborah Miller, Clinton

Jeffrey Mele, Cobalt

Brandon Tuck, Colchester

Michele Grasso, Colchester

Ahmed Ali, Cromwell

Elsie Newcombe, Cromwell

Christina Latulippe, Cromwell

Danielle Harrison, Cromwell

MD K Islam, Cromwell

Elissa Gibbons, Deep River

Tracy Kemp, Deep River

Julia Bowles, Durham

Garrett Henry, Durham

Kevin Merrill, Durham

Ewa Nasiadek, East Berlin

Casey Macdonald, East Hampton

Joan Barker, East Hampton

Joshua Bishop, Guilford

Catalina Vasquez, Hamden

Frank Natter Jr., Ivoryton

Max Pribnow, Killingworth

Mary Elliott, Madison

Bianca Cerio, Meriden

Michelle McMillan, Meriden

Jeydeliz Perez, Meriden

Ashley Boutin, Meriden

Tiffani Woronick, Meriden

Elisabeth Baudis, Meriden

Margaret Grant, Meriden

Sarah Freeman, Meriden

Alejandro Guzman, Meriden

Messanvi Amenounve, Meriden

Allison Pomeroy, Meriden

Jessica Marquis, Middletown

Katarzyna Rembielinska, Middletown

Summer Burke, Middletown

Michelle Leone, Middletown

Kim Blasco, Middletown

Dylan Williams, Middletown

Michael Stielau, Middletown

Lauren Goodale, Middletown

Edgardo Contreras, Middletown

Sarah Lombardo, Middletown

William March III, Middletown

Jeanne Elise Nocera, Middletown

Malgorzata Leniart, Middletown

Sean Cunningham, New Britain

Steven Madej, New Britain

Rachel Marino, New Britain

Travis Jacobs, Portland

Benjamin Salois, Putnam

Devin Gagnon, Rocky Hill

Eireann Schulenburg, Rocky Hill

Kellie Clancy, Tolland

Rocy Turner, Vineyard Haven

Victoria Penczynzyn, Wallingford

Kathleen Charest, Wallingford

Anthony Fritz, Wallingford

Anne Gallagher, Wallingford

Cori Hass, Wallingford

Nicholas Sherwood, Wallingford

Benjamin Pfeifer, West Hartford

Maura Dolan, West Haven

Peter Harris, Wethersfield

Taylor Miller, Wethersfield


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 35-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.

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Photo 1 caption: MxCC’s Phi Theta Kappa co-advisors Dr. Eva Jones and Dr. Lin Lin (standing, right) join Dr. Steven Minkler, MxCC’s academic dean, in congratulating the 70 new student inductees.  The ceremony took place at the College in the new Founders Hall Pavilion on April 22.

Photo 2 caption: MxCC President Dr. Anna Wasescha addresses the 70 students inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. The ceremony took place at the College in the new Founders Hall Pavilion on April 22.