Kathryn Miller, Alexander Pennington Cited for Academic Excellence

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange students Kathryn Miller and Alexander Pennington were among 59 students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa today (April 6) during ceremonies in Albany hosted by State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Nancy Zimpher and New York Community College Trustees Association President Mary A. Adams.

PHOTO: Kathryn MillerMiller and Pennington are among the newest members of the international honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. Members must have a GPA of between 3.25 and 4.0 and must sustain high academic standing throughout their two-year enrollment. In addition, members have very strong records of service to the campus or greater community.

Miller (left), of Warwick, will graduate from SUNY Orange in May with a degree in liberal arts. An Honors Student and member of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Miller is already enrolled full-time at Ithaca College this semester while simultaneously completing her Honors Capstone project at SUNY Orange.

Pennington (below), a native of England who now resides in Westtown, will accept a liberal arts degree with a concentration in political science when he graduates from SUNY Orange this May. He is a member of the local PTK chapter and serves as president of the Student Political Awareness Club. The club has sponsored a series of debates and events on campus.

“Phi Theta Kappans are truly the best and the brightest community college students from across the country and the world,” Zimpher said. “New York State is prominently represented today by 59 students from 31 SUNY and CUNY campuses. Congratulations to all of the students being named to this prestigious international honor society.”

PHOTO: Alexander Pennington“It is with great inspiration and enthusiasm the New York Community College Trustees sponsor and organize this celebration of our most outstanding students,” added Adams. “The Annual Phi Theta Kappa Awards Luncheon honors the accomplishments of students, the support of their families and all SUNY and CUNY professionals who have dedicated themselves to providing high academic standards of learning and civic awareness.”

Zimpher and Adams honored the new members at a ceremony today in Albany, jointly sponsored by NYCCT; the New York Community College Association of Presidents (NYCCAP) and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC).

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, please visit:

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 465,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

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