Gouldrick, Chambers Join 28 Students as New Inductees of Graduate Honor Society

May 3, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

Twenty-eight Niagara University students were inducted into Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, during a ceremony held May 3, 2013, in St. Vincent’s Hall.

The Rev. John Gouldrick, C.M., associate vice president for mission and director of the Vincentian Scholars Program, and Dr. Thomas Chambers, director of the master’s program in interdisciplinary studies and chair of the history department, were also welcomed into Kappa Gamma Pi as honorary inductees.

The purpose of Kappa Gamma Pi is to strive for a high standard of personal Christian excellence, service and scholarship among members; to encourage individual and group initiative and participation in local and national church and secular affairs; and to awaken a spirit of Christian leadership among the undergraduates of Kappa affiliated colleges and universities.

“Let that be our prayer, to go out together and to serve those most in need,” said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, NU president, during his remarks.

Father Levesque has made community service a focal point of his presidency at Niagara University, which will conclude this summer after 13 years.

Congratulations to the inductees:

  • Kristy Barrett (Kenmore, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Special Education
  • Kelly Byrne (Lewiston, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • David Cheung (Calendon, Ontario)
    • Master of Science/Education 5-12
  • Christianna Chiavetta (Amherst, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Education 5-12
  • Andrea Fazio (Toronto, Ontario)
    • Master of Science/Education 5-12
  • Elona Finlay (Guelph, Ontario)
    • Master of Science/Education 5-12
  • Stefanie Fortunato (Woodbridge, Ontario)
    • Master of Science/School Psychology
  • Jordan Goldstein (Amherst, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Mental Health Counseling
  • Nathan Johnson (Grand Island, N.Y.)
    • Master of Business Administration
  • Gloria Kordasiewicz (Lakeview, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Criminal Justice Administration
  • Kristin Lundy (Spencerport, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Criminal Justice Administration
  • Lori Majewski (Cheektowaga, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Education B-6
  • Brittany McMahon (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/School Counseling
  • Brittany Miles (East Amherst, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Education B-6
  • Emily Oleyourryk (Oswego, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Literacy Instruction
  • Kyle Phillips (Akron, N.Y.)
    • Master of Business Administration
  • Kathryn Potter (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Literacy Instruction
  • Sean Patrick Repman (Buffalo, N.Y.)
    • Master of Business Administration
  • Kirsten Rodgers (Wilson, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Education B-6
  • Christopher Russell (Youngstown, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/School Counseling
  • Laurice Russell (Ransomville, N.Y.)
    • Master of Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Katelyn Schober (Amherst, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/School Psychology
  • Jennifer Cardamone Schultz (Lewiston, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/School Counseling
  • Ashley Serwon (Cheektowaga, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Literacy Instruction, B-6
  • Kayla Snell (Lockport, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/Education B-6
  • Latrell Sturdivant (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
    • Master of Science/School Psychology
  • Olivia Wells (Stoney Creek, Ontario)
    • Master of Science/Education B-6
  • Jamie Lynn Whiffing (Hamilton, Ontario)
    • Master of Science/Education B-6

Kappa, gamma and pi are the initial letters of the Greek phrase that means “Catholic Women Leaders.” The original name has been retained because of its importance in the society’s history. However, both non-Catholics and men are welcomed to the membership of Kappa Gamma Pi each year.

Membership in Kappa Gamma Pi is a promise for the future, to continue in service to church and community. Members are chosen because they have already demonstrated this commitment, and are expected to continue in this leadership role after graduation.

Additional photos from the event are posted on Niagara University’s Facebook page.

To learn more about the graduate programs offered at Niagara University, please call 716.286.8769 or visit www.niagara.edu/graduate.