St. Joseph’s University, New York celebrated distinguished scholars during annual Honors Convocation events across both campuses late last month.
The events recognized members of institutional, national and international honor societies, as well as recipients of various scholarships.
“Honor society membership is a noteworthy accomplishment,” Lisa Tafuro, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies and chair of the Honors Committee, said at the Long Island event on April 19. “It rests not only on your academic achievement, but your resourcefulness, your contribution to the community, and your willingness to embrace differences. You all are truly leaders and visionaries.”
SJNY President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., spoke at both events, praising the students for all their hard work and dedication. He recognized members of the Class of 2023 specifically for their academic success while faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognizing Excellence Across Campuses
The Long Island Honors Convocation recipients included members of Gamma Tau Delta, an honor society specific to that campus, as well as Class of 2023 recipients of general honors of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude.
Also recognized were recipients of two scholarships, the Thomas J. Wendt Alumni Scholarship and The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Endowed Scholarship. Rory Shaffer-Walsh, vice president for institutional advancement, presented these awards.
Asma Hosein ’23, the Long Island valedictorian, received the Thomas J. Wendt Alumni Scholarship, an annual award that recognizes a student who demonstrates their continued service to the University and local community, as well as success in the classroom. The scholarship is given in remembrance of Thomas Wendt ’88, a former student and employee who was dedicated to volunteerism and charitable causes, and who embodied the five pillars of St. Joseph’s University.
Katalina Paterakis ’23 received The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Endowed Scholarship, which provides financial support to a student who lives a life characterized by service to God and the community. The scholarship celebrates the vision of the Sisters, their fortitude and wisdom in their decision to create and design an institution of higher education for students who aspire to these virtues.
The Brooklyn Campus Honors Convocation, which took place April 24, highlighted members of its honor society, Sigma Iota Chi, as well as Class of 2023 members of the Honors Program.
Both events celebrated members of national honor societies Delta Epsilon Sigma and Kappa Gamma Pi.