The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences inducted 10 undergraduate students this year into national honor societies recognizing outstanding achievement in criminal justice, paralegal studies, and sociology. The college hosted a joint induction ceremony and reception on April 16 to celebrate the students’ academic accomplishments.
The ceremony began with opening remarks from Thomas Fagan, Ph.D., director of the college’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who welcomed the students, faculty, and family members in attendance. Don Rosenblum, dean of the college, also spoke on the commitment of students achieving this high honor and recognized the role faculty play in mentoring the students.
Serving as guest speaker for the ceremony was Andrew Brown, an assistant chief counsel with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami. Brown, who is also an adjunct professor at NSU, commended the students and encouraged them to continue on their positive paths.
“Seize opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others … and to give back to your community,” Brown said. He also challenged the students to live by three key principles: ethics, effort, and endurance.
Next, Joyce Avotri-Wuaku, Ph.D., assistant professor at the college and faculty adviser for Alpha Delta Kappa, inducted sociology majors Katherine Lewis and Lilian Monique Valle into the honor society. To be eligible for membership in Alpha Delta Kappa, sociology majors must be at least a junior, have a minimum 3.3 GPA overall (3.0 GPA in the major), and rank in the top 35% of their class.
George Kakoti, Ph.D., LL.M., associate professor at the college and faculty adviser for Alpha Phi Sigma, then inducted the following criminal justice majors into the society: Steven Alcide, Jorge Ampil, Karissa Delorme, Akricia Joseph, Laraysa Nugent, and Rosa Rodriguez. To be eligible for membership in Alpha Phi Sigma, criminal justice majors must have completed three full-time semesters at NSU, have a minimum 3.2 GPA (both cumulative and in the major), and rank in the top 35% of their class.
Lastly, Jessica Garcia-Brown, J.D., LL.M., associate professor at the college and faculty adviser for Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), inducted paralegal studies majors Philip Curtis and Christina Merolo into LEX. To be eligible for membership into LEX, paralegal studies majors must have successfully completed two-thirds of the program requirements and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Following the formal induction ceremony, the students joined family, friends, faculty members, and college leadership for a celebratory reception.