For Immediate Release
16 May 2012

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 27.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is recognized by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges as the official honor society of two-year colleges. To achieve eligibility for PTK, a student must complete at least 12 hours of associate’s degree course work, earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and adhere to the standards of the Society. Throughout their enrollment, they must maintain high academic standing, generally a 3.25 GPA. About 125,000 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.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, with 1,275 chapters in each of the 50 states, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding.

The 54 new members of PTK, listed by towns of residence are:


Jose DelAguila

Muhammad Iftikhar

Alizabeth Toth


Lauren Casasanta

Samantha Hall

Matthew Machowski

Caitlin Winslow


Elysee Badio

Fatoumata Bah

Susan Baxter

Susan Everett

Melissa Hoebel

Cynthia Jendrejcak

Sadia Seyal

Holly Yeske


Adam Martin


Sofia Martone

Joseph Persio

Emily Reinhard

Mette Smith


Emily Cipes


Michael Reardon


Stacey Sadicario

New Britain

Lisa Abascal

Brian Kery

Monika Kondracki

Michal Pliszka

Ryan Vierira

Greg Zmijewski

New Hartford

Walter David Zitzkat

New Milford

Carol Hackett


Wilson Pelaez

Brianna Rideout


Amy Freeman

Michael Laposky

Justin Levy

Thomas Naples


Samantha Crowley


Ethan Garry


Jane DeLuca

Marcin Dembrowski

Naomi Lemire


Casey Cmiel

Daniel Morin


Meredith Balducci


Alessia Assisi

Giuseppe Assisi

Randy Malenfant

Michael Woiten

West Hartford

Eric Corthell

Peter DeHertogh

Shalom Khodabakhshian

West Simsbury

Francine Casalino


Deanna Waters


John Carasone


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