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Pitt-Johnstown Students & Faculty Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Pitt-Johnstown Students & Faculty Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

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Thirty-three University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students and two faculty members have been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The event was held Thursday, April 10 on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.  According to its website, “The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Standards for election are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may be eligible for membership.” New student initiates are John Bandzuh, IV, a geography and political science major and son of Elena and John Bandzuh of Portage; Rachel Bond, a business – accounting major and daughter of Stephanie and Joseph Schwing of Lima, N.Y., and Paul Bond of Johnstown; Annette Brown, a nursing major and wife of Tim Brown of Johnstown; Joshua Chuha, a mechanical engineering technology major and son of Anita and John Chuha of Johnstown; Olivia Cortese, a nursing major and daughter of Terrie and Daniel Cortese of Davidsville; Brennan DeVore, a history major and son of Heidi and Timothy DeVore of Somerset and Rockwood, respectively; Daniel Dollar, a computer science major and son of Tammy and Jeffrey Dollar of Ebensburg; Joshua Doverspike, a chemistry major and son of Marcelle and Ronald Doverspike of Red Lion; Jarek Dudek, a computer science major and son of Tiffany and Brent Dudek of Kittanning; Abigail Flannery, a mechanical engineering major and daughter of Vicki and Vince Flannery of Sipesville; Tyler Haupt, a civil engineering technology major and son of Susan and Raymond Haupt of Johnstown; Blaine Helmick, a business – accounting and management major and son of Lisa and Craig Miller of Jefferson Hills; Zachary Hull, a computer engineering technology major and son of Pauline and Michael Hull of Ebensburg; Broderick Irons, a business – marketing major and son of Roger Irons of Windber; Cassandra LaFramboise, a secondary education – English major and daughter of Tonya and Jeff Daniels of Garrett, and Jean and John LaFramboise of Friedens; Muranda Maurer, a biology major and daughter of Shelly and Miles Maurer of Philipsburg; Kyra Miller, a history and secondary education – social studies major and daughter of Sharon Miller of Johnstown; Christina Monnie, a biochemistry major and daughter of Ann Marie and Mark Monnie of Renfrew; Robert Nies, Jr., a business – accounting major and son of Maureen and Robert Nies of Apollo; Colin O’Hare, a business – accounting graduate and son of Valerie and Scott O’Hare of Gibsonia; Michael Palkovitz, a business – accounting and management major and son of Theresa and John Palkovitz of Mechanicsburg; Amanda Palmer, a secondary education – English major and daughter of Mona Palmer of Johnstown; Jay Patel, a biology and biochemistry major and son of Vaneta and Navin Patel; Leah Patton, a healthcare major of Johnstown; Kathryn Pollick, an early childhood education major and daughter of Kathy and Paul Pollick of New Kensington; Susan Rhoades, an early childhood education major and daughter of Marie and Bill Rhoades of Ebensburg; Juliette Slonka, a history major and daughter of Mary Kay Slonka of Johnstown; Alexandra Stankiewicz, a biology major and daughter of Dr. Alan and Stephanie Stankiewicz of Johnstown; Marissa Stape, a history major and daughter of Laronda and Timothy Stape of Jeannette; Shannan Taylor, an early childhood education major and daughter of Barbara and James Taylor of Johnstown; and Zachery Weyandt, a biology major and son of Bobbie and William Weyandt of East Freedom. 

New faculty initiates are Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Sharon Bertsch, who holds a PhD and two BAs from the University of Akron; and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Derek Leben, who holds a PhD and MA from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from the University of California Santa Cruz.


Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Posted by Natalie Bombatch on 4/22/2014 5:55:00 PM