Thirteen Niagara University students were inducted into Phi Alpha, the honor society for undergraduate social work students, during a ceremony held April 7 in St. Vincent’s Hall.

The following students are the newest members of Phi Alpha:

  • Karissa B. Briggs
  • Krysta Broeker
  • Candace Krueger
  • Tanya Lefebvre
  • Giovanna Markham
  • Jessica Pruner
  • Laurie Scarpino
  • Nathanael B. Smith
  • Sara Nicole Smyth
  • Alberto Jose Sosa
  • Nicole Rianne Thiessen
  • Lauren Nicole Wollke
  • Rebecca Page Wood

Also during the ceremony, Timothy Shaughnessy, a care manager for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Health Home, was named Field Educator of the Year 2017 and presented with a plaque for his service.

Chartered in 1962, Phi Alpha endeavors to provide a closer bond among students of social work, and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

For more information on Niagara University’s social work program, please call 716.286.8520 or visit