MCCC Education Students Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi
students in Mercer County Community College's Liberal Arts Division
were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society
in Education February 19 at the college.
Ana Berdecia, a 1988 MCCC graduate, gave the keynote address and
offered each student personal congratulations. She is Senior Fellow/Director
of the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children at
the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison
State College. Berdecia affirmed the attributes of an exceptional
teacher. "It takes compassion, a bottomless pit of patience,
a heart for diversity and a longing to understand each student's
needs," she said.
students inducted into the International Honor Society in Education,
from left, are Milangee Herrera, Meenal Chandwani, Pamela Ballard,
Jessica Coefer, Belinda Evans, Aysha Ahmad, Lisa DeMilio and Ashley
be eligible for induction into the college's Alpha Gamma Tau chapter
of Kappa Delta Pi, students must demonstrate commitment to the field
of education, demonstrate leadership attributes, and attain sophomore
status with a grade point average of at least 3.0.
The society, which began in 1904 and was established as a National
Organization in 1924, formed an alliance with community colleges in
2004. Elizabeth DeGiorgio, MCCC assistant professor of education and
psychology, who advises the group, sought the charter to establish
MCCC's Alpha Gamma Chapter in 2006.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth DeGiorgio, right, presents a thank-you
gift to speaker Ana Berdecia.
Delta Pi is committed year-round to recognizing excellence and fostering
mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for education professionals.
Members make up the top 20 percent of those entering the field of education.
MCCC's associate degree program in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an education
option prepares students for transfer into baccalaureate degree education