Language Society Induction
Celebrates Student Achievement and Cultural Diversity
Windsor, N.J. -- As part of a festive multicultural evening
at the MCCC Conference Center April 29, MCCC's Kappa Iota
Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, the International Foreign Language
Honor Society, formally inducted 11 new students into its
Celebrating its 27th anniversary this year, the chapter gave
each new member the opportunity to present personal remarks
in their chosen language of study. Presiding over the ceremony
were students Nancy Baskin, chapter president, and Sara Ziegelbaum,
vice president, along with MCCC President Pat Donohue, Foreign
Language Program Coordinator Daniel D'Arpa and Language Professor
This year's honorees are: Ashley Baker (Spanish); Tatiana
Dodge (Spanish); Magdalena Garbacz (Spanish); Denise Kendall
(French); Anika Krost (Spanish); Nikolette Lichtman (Japanese);
Boryana Nikolova (Spanish); Linda Scheman (Spanish); April
Tiger (Spanish) and Katya Yuryev (French). Additional language
courses offered at Mercer include German, Italian, Arabic,
Latin, Chinese, Polish and Hungarian.
"These students are among our most eager who seek to
join a global society," D'Arpa said. "They respond
well to student-centered classrooms and excel in foreign languages.
Their membership in Alpha Mu Gamma demonstrates that they
are looking for opportunities to engage in a diverse community."
Dr. Richman noted that date of the ceremony coincided with
the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Alpha Mu Gamma
at Los Angeles City College. Today Mercer's chapter is one
of 329 across the country.
Following the induction, students and their families joined
with MCCC's International Student Organization for a multicultural
dinner buffet, live German music, a fashion show featuring
clothing from different cultures, and a Nepalese dance performance.
Mercer's Kappa Iota Chapter upholds Alpha Mu Gamma's goals
to recognize achievement in foreign language study, nurture
interest in the study of foreign languages, and foster greater
understanding of others through languages. Inductees must
maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.2 while
achieving a grade of at least an A- in two successive courses
of the same language.
German music as part of the multicultural festivities
are, from left, German student Jana Wolf and American
student Danielle Steward.
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Vice President Sara Ziegelbaum, second from right, speaks
to MCCC's Kappa Iota inductees.
over the ceremony, from left, are MCCC President Patricia
C. Donohue, students Nancy Baskin (chapter president) and
Sara Ziegelbaum (chapter vice president), and faculty co-advisors
Daniel D'Arpa and Steve Richman.
with advisor Steve Richman are, from left, Boryana Nikolova,
Katya Yuryev, Denise Kendall, April Tiger and Ashley Baker;
front row, inductee Nicolette Lichtman, left, and chapter Vice
President Sara Ziegelbaum. Not pictured Magdalena Garbacz.