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St. Thomas Aquinas College Recognizes Students’ Outstanding Achievements Despite The Annual Honors Convocation Being Cancelled

Apr 09, 2020

St. Thomas Aquinas College Recognizes Students’ Outstanding Achievements Despite The Annual Honors Convocation Being Cancelled

Among the many unfortunate changes St. Thomas Aquinas College had to make this semester is that the annual Honors Convocation slated to be held on April 7, 2020, had to be cancelled. Not even the COVID-19 virus, however, could dampen the College’s pride in its students.

STAC’s Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English, Dr. Robert Murray sent out a congratulatory note and shared the program the College had prepared for the event. He applauded the outstanding academic achievements of students elected into the various honors societies of their disciplines, special academic award winners, and the members of the Distinguished Dean’s List, made up of students who have been on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters.

When asked what Honors Convocation means to Dr. Robert Murray, he said: “The Honors Convocation is one of the true highlights of the academic year. It allows the College to acknowledge and even celebrate the great achievements of our students in their coursework, and the significant contributions made by important figures, who are also good friends of the College.”

The College bestowed Honorary degrees upon three remarkable figures in the community—Mary Wadsworth Darby, Chief Representative of CKGSB Americas, recipient of the honorary Doctor of Commercial Science; Frank Squeo, founder of Baking Memories 4 Kids, recipient of the honorary Doctor of Public Service; and William D. Doino Jr., Catholic Writer, recipient of the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Each honor society is committed to academic excellence in their respective areas. Societies who inducted students this year are: Alpha Chi for general studies; Alpha Mu Alpha for students involved with the American Marketing Association; Alpha Phi Sigma for Criminal Justice; Chi Alpha Sigma for student-athletes; Delta Mu Delta for Business Administration; Kappa Delta Pi for Teacher Education; Kappa Mu Epsilon for Mathematics; Phi Sigma Iota for Foreign Languages; Pi Gamma Mu for Social Science; Psi Chi for Psychology; SALUTE for honoring military veteran students; Sigma Tau Delta for English; and, Sigma Zeta for students majoring in Natural, Forensic and Computer Sciences and Mathematics. Over 100 full-time students made the Distinguished Dean’s List for their academic achievements for three consecutive semesters.

STAC employees, Shwetank (Sunny) Anthwal, and John Edel were awarded the Laetare Medal, commemorating 20 years of full-time service to the College.

Students, Julia Foto (double major: Natural Sciences Biology and Psychology,) was awarded the Betty LaSala Award, recognizing Excellence in Science; Colleen Amber Stevens (Biology,) received the Environmental Writing Award in Honor of Rachel Carson; and Sarah Kinsey (English,) received the Jon Roberts Award for Excellence in Literary Studies.

Honors Convocation 2020 Header with St. Thomas Aquinas College Seal

Among the many unfortunate changes St. Thomas Aquinas College had to make this semester is that the annual Honors Convocation slated to be held on April 7, 2020, had to be cancelled. Not even the COVID-19 virus, however, could dampen the College’s pride in its students.

STAC’s Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English, Dr. Robert Murray sent out a congratulatory note and shared the program the College had prepared for the event. He applauded the outstanding academic achievements of students elected into the various honors societies of their disciplines, special academic award winners, and the members of the Distinguished Dean’s List, made up of students who have been on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters.

When asked what Honors Convocation means to Dr. Robert Murray, he said: “The Honors Convocation is one of the true highlights of the academic year. It allows the College to acknowledge and even celebrate the great achievements of our students in their coursework, and the significant contributions made by important figures, who are also good friends of the College.”

The College bestowed Honorary degrees upon three remarkable figures in the community—Mary Wadsworth Darby, Chief Representative of CKGSB Americas, recipient of the honorary Doctor of Commercial Science; Frank Squeo, founder of Baking Memories 4 Kids, recipient of the honorary Doctor of Public Service; and William D. Doino Jr., Catholic Writer, recipient of the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Each honor society is committed to academic excellence in their respective areas. Societies who inducted students this year are: Alpha Chi for general studies; Alpha Mu Alpha for students involved with the American Marketing Association; Alpha Phi Sigma for Criminal Justice; Chi Alpha Sigma for student-athletes; Delta Mu Delta for Business Administration; Kappa Delta Pi for Teacher Education; Kappa Mu Epsilon for Mathematics; Phi Sigma Iota for Foreign Languages; Pi Gamma Mu for Social Science; Psi Chi for Psychology; SALUTE for honoring military veteran students; Sigma Tau Delta for English; and, Sigma Zeta for students majoring in Natural, Forensic and Computer Sciences and Mathematics. Over 100 full-time students made the Distinguished Dean’s List for their academic achievements for three consecutive semesters.

STAC employees, Shwetank (Sunny) Anthwal, and John Edel were awarded the Laetare Medal, commemorating 20 years of full-time service to the College.

Students, Julia Foto (double major: Natural Sciences Biology and Psychology,) was awarded the Betty LaSala Award, recognizing Excellence in Science; Colleen Amber Stevens (Biology,) received the Environmental Writing Award in Honor of Rachel Carson; and Sarah Kinsey (English,) received the Jon Roberts Award for Excellence in Literary Studies.

For more information please contact Annie Lombardi at [email protected]

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St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full- and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.