By Keith Moffett
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Phi Theta Kappa inducted more than 150 members in the Alpha Nu Mu Chapter at Camden County College on the Blackwood campus on April 17.
Wearing smiles and carrying cameras, family members and friends filled Civic Hall for the ceremony. One mother, Rose Raia, said her daughter, Sarah Raia, is a self-taught artist who won awards in Camden County College’s art shows.
The family members and friends sat on the left and right sides of the hall as the new inductees filed into their chairs in the middle of the room with applause surrounding them.
College President Don Borden opened the program by recounting a story about how when his children were little, he would send them off to elementary school every day by telling them to “work hard and be nice to people” and now he was delivering this same message to the inductees.
Aimee Viggiani, a sponsor and the director of transfer, professional and graduate admissions at the University of the Sciences, praised the inductees. “When I see an admission with Phi Theta Kappa on it my eyes perk up,” Viggiani said.
The induction began as the members of each row stood up and went one by one, called by name, to receive their tassels of acceptance. Every student was introduced to loud applause.
After that, PTK faculty adviser David Nugiel delivered closing remarks, after which cake and refreshments were served outside the hall.
“The honor society has a certain academic requirement to get in and once the students make that achievement they are invited into the society,” Nugiel said. “We’ve had robust response, over 165 new members accepted into the society. Tonight we had about 70 to 75 inductees.” He noted attending the ceremony was not mandatory for inductees.
Afterward, Emily Winters said entering this international honor society was a great opportunity that will help her find scholarships. Another inductee, Rachel Kane, said being accepted into PTK “takes a lot of responsibility and I’m honored to be a part of it.”