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Niagara University Students Inducted into Graduate Honor Society

Thirty-seven Niagara University students were inducted into Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, during a ceremony held on April 29, 2011, in St. Vincent’s Hall. Two honorary inductees, Al Oddo and James Kling, Ph.D., professors in Niagara University’s College of Business Administration, were welcomed into Kappa Gamma Pi as well.

Congratulations to each of the following inductees:

* Cortney Bota (Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

* Ruth Anne Buzzard (Master of Business Administration)* Yen Loo (Jeannie) Chin (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Laurie Dale (Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling)

* Emily Alyce Darnell (Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling)

* Danielle D’Ilario (Master of Science in Education)

* Patrick J. Duggan (Master of Business Administration)

* Allison Fisher (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Rochelle Ann Marie Greek (Master of Business Administration)

* Rachel Hauser (Master of Business Administration)

* Katherine Herdzik (Master of Science in Secondary Education)

* Noemi Holecz (Master of Business Administration)

* Zuher “Zeau” Ismail (Master of Business Administration)

* Drew Erin Kean (Master of Science in Education)

* Charleen Kilijanski (Master of Science in School Psychology)

* Jami-Lynn Knelsen (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Steven Magno (Master of Business Administration)

* Katie Mawer (Master of Science in School Psychology)

* Lisa McIntyre (Master of Science in Education)

* Shazmin Merali (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Rosina Mete (Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling)

* Kelly A. Mullaney (Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration)

* Thomas T. Murphy (Master of Science in Education)

* Denise Naik (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Angela Petronio (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Matthew Sajn (Master of Science in Secondary Education)

* Christina Servos (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Lauren Sexton (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Lori A. Soos (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies)

* Geoffrey Strong (Master of Business Administration)

* Barbara A. Surace (Master of Science in Education)

* Brendan Sweeney (Master of Science in Education)

* Jennifer Teixeira (Master of Science in Secondary Education)

* Alison R. Valerio (Master of Arts in Education)

* Heather Anne Wolcott (Master of Science in Education)

* Stephen Yip (Master of Science in Elementary Education)

* Karen Zimmer (Master of Science in Education)

The purpose of Kappa Gamma Pi is to strive for a high standard of personal Christian excellence, service and scholarship among members; to encourage individual and group initiative and participation in local and national church and secular affairs; and to awaken a spirit of Christian leadership among the undergraduates of Kappa affiliated colleges and universities.

Kappa, Gamma and Pi are the initial letters of the Greek phrase that means “Catholic Women Leaders.” The original name has been retained because of its importance in the Society's History. However, both non-Catholics and men are welcomed to the membership of Kappa Gamma Pi each year. Membership in Kappa Gamma Pi is a promise for the future, to continue in service to church and community. Members are chosen because they have already demonstrated this commitment, and are expected to continue in this leadership role after graduation.