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MCCC Foreign Language Society Induction
Celebrates Student Achievement and Cultural Diversity


West 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 fold.

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 Steve Richman.

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.

Performing German music as part of the multicultural festivities are, from left, German student Jana Wolf and American student Danielle Steward.

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Chapter Vice President Sara Ziegelbaum, second from right, speaks to MCCC's Kappa Iota inductees.
Presiding 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.
Pictured 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.