For Immediate Release
11 May 2011

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Outstanding Tunxis Students Inducted Into PTK International Honor Society


The Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Tunxis Community College in Farmington announced its most recent membership inductees at an induction ceremony on April 29.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is recognized by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges as the official honor fraternity of two-year colleges. To achieve eligibility for PTK, a student must complete at least 12 hours of associate’s degree course work and earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher. Throughout their enrollment, they must maintain high academic standing, generally a 3.25 GPA. About 100,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa each year.

The PTK chapter at Tunxis provides opportunities for leadership, college and community service, exchange of ideas and ideals, scholarly fellowship, and academic excellence. “We applaud our PTK members for their outstanding achievements,” said Tunxis president Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters in each of the 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau.

The 22 new members of PTK, listed by towns of residence are:


Carol Brazoski


Ashleigh McClane


Jonathan LeBeau, Denise Smith


Emily Cipes


Jason Violette

New Britain

Joe Acosta, David Brzoska, Neil Keller, Lyudmyla Masyra


Joseph Cuomo


Jessica Konaktchiev, Benjamin Kosswig, Eliza Pezzulo,


Ashley Lebel


Alexandria Garry


Emily Snow, Tram Troung


Jacqui Denski

West Hartford

Darren Bruno, Michael Potts, Devon Sheldon

Tunxis Community College, which first opened for classes in October 1970, is celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Visit Tunxis on the Internet at