by Esther Hanson, Assistant Coordinator, Honors Activities
The Honors Program and its affiliated programs had a busy fall
semester! Here are the highlights.
COLLEGE BOWLThe College Bowl team competed in the Delta Burke tournament for
two-year colleges hosted by Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. The
team, consisting of Aaisha Bah, College Bowl captain, James Caple-Nisby, Eric
Gamboa, Amirah Bashir, and Scott Maddox, was undefeated in the first 17 rounds
of competition! Esther Hanson, College Bowl coach, welcomes students to join and
participate in College Bowl practices on Friday afternoons at 2 p.m. in M-1088.
Esther Hanson gave a presentation on "Establishing a College Bowl Team
at a Two-Year Institute" at the ACUI conference at Penn State University in
Also in November, the Model UN presented Anders Hjorth of the World Bank,
who lectured on issues facing Africa. The Model UN Club meets weekly and is currently developing a Web site of its
activities. For more information, contact Dean Kostantaras, club sponsor, on extension
Students in the Honors Society attended two outstanding public lectures
at the Woodrow Wilson Center:
Former President William Clinton delivered an address on AIDS in Africa.
After the lecture, PGCC students met with Mr. Clinton and had pictures taken
Left to right: Former President William Clinton,
Nicole Jackson-Cooley, PGCC Honors student and Model UN member, and Lee Hamilton, former U.S.
Congressional Representative from Indiana and
current Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center
- Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbechev discussed water rights affecting
In conjunction with Phi Theta Kappa, Honors Society members held a successful
fundraiser selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts. They used the funds to attend a
performance at the Folger Theatre.
Members of the Honors Society attended campus visits and open houses at the
University of Maryland Baltimore County, Washington College, and St. Mary's
College of Maryland.
PHI THETA KAPPAPhi Theta Kappa students and Honors students from Largo High School
initiated a blanket drive for the homeless. The blanket drive will continue
throughout the winter months.
Phi Theta Kappa co-sponsored "Directions and Dimensions of Health:
Choices in the Maze" with the division of Sciences, Math, and Health
Technology. This five-part satellite series on the environment and health is
described in more detail in Marie York’s article in this edition of the Instructional
Feyisola Ayodele and Naomi Richburg won a writing contest, sponsored by Tau
Pi, our chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. They will be recognized at the Honors
Student Convocation on May 7, 2003.
The Second annual Fall Induction Ceremony for the Tau Pi Chapter of Phi Theta
Kappa was held on December 6, 2002, in Marlboro Gallery. The new members are:
Camille Dunlap Ravindra Gopaul
Lukesha Jackson Edward
Jones Scott Maddox
Altrice Meadows Roberta Nogueria Ayodeji
Richard Phillips Czarlite Ricasa
Nancy Trelstad Michela Wariebi
Ronald Crouch, PGCC alumnus and Jack Kent-Cooke Scholarship recipient, was
featured on the National Phi Theta Kappa Web site in December. Crouch, who is
studying community psychology at George Washington University, was one of 39
community college students selected nationwide to receive the $30,000
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.
Please encourage your academically outstanding students to join the Honors
Program, become a Phi Tau Pi member of Phi Theta Kappa, and get involved in Honors
co-curricular activities. For further information, contact Esther Hanson.
Seven new members were admitted to the Honors Academy. The new and returning
Honors Academy members attended a September 2002 reception/orientation. The
guest speakers were Honors Academy graduates Graciela Rodriguez-Santos (nursing
student at Howard University), Joshua Miller (senior at Washington College), and
Ronald Crouch (junior at George Washington University).
Names, reading from left to right:
Kristi Schools, Jamie McAdams, Stephanie Meier, Lacy Davison,
Jacqueline Abadir, Miriam Khan, Ashley Biberdorf, Kelly Walker, Jennifer
Davis, Joshua Miller (alumnus)
Ronald Crouch (alumnus), Graciela Rodriguez-Santos (alumna), Ravindra Gopaul,
Patricia Clark, Geoffrey Greene