Sigma Alpha Sigma, the undergraduate honor society of Niagara University, inducted new members during its 85th annual tapping ceremony April 18, 2018, at the Castellani Art Museum.
The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., university president, inducted 25 students into Sigma Alpha Sigma, a selective society established by the Niagara Class of 1933 to recognize and reward the academic and extracurricular achievements of outstanding students. The purpose of the organization also includes creating an incentive for undergraduate students and fostering an example of high standards.
Father Maher, who offered closing remarks, was joined by current Sigma Alpha Sigma officers in presenting cords to new and honorary inductees.
Lawson Castaldo, a biochemistry major from Amherst, N.Y., was named this year’s Outstanding Freshman while Victoria Berkhoudt, a Derby, N.Y., native studying environmental biology, received the award for Outstanding Sophomore.
The event’s keynote address was provided by Dr. Joseph Sirianni, assistant professor of communication studies at Niagara.
Congratulations to this year’s Sigma Alpha Sigma inductees:
- Tyler Bingham (English)
- Sara Braun (1-6 Childhood + Special Education)
- Karissa Briggs (Social Work)
- Madison Buchholz (Business Management)
- Mike Buck (Political Science)
- Anna Cappello (English Education 7-12)
- Katherine Culkin (Business Management)
- Bridgette Ehrmann (Accounting)
- Cheyenne Freely (Political Science)
- Julia Freeman (Hotel and Restaurant Management)
- Mikayla Fulton (Religious Studies)
- Sarah Gehl (Biochemistry)
- Abbie Hibsch (Psychology)
- Gregory Jubert (Sport Management/Communications Studies)
- Richelle Kloch (Criminal Justice)
- Maitland Langworthy (Birth-6 Grade Education)
- Annemarie Long (Computer & Information Sciences)
- Stephanie Male (Early Childhood Development and Cognition, Birth-6 Education)
- Morgan Palmer (Political Science/Criminal Justice)
- Michael Pearl (Communications/Psychology/International Studies)
- Chris Plantone (Social Studies Education, Adolescence and Middle)
- Mallory Ronan (5-12 English Education)
- Hannah Rozanski (Biology)
- Haylee Spencer (Criminal Justice)
- Sydney Walker (Math Education 1-9)
Honorary inductees included:
- Dr. Carrie Teresa, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
- Christopher Aquino, Associate Professor, Accounting
- Dr. Joseph Sirianni, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies