A group of 24 Purdue University North Central students were recently into the Alpha, Alpha Upsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
Kappa Delta Pi serves to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of nearly 40,000 worldwide.
The Society inducts only those individuals exhibiting the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession. At PNC, members must earn a 3.0 GPA or better, have 30 credit hours of general education courses and 12 hours of education courses.
During the initiation ceremony, Debra Hollingworth Pratt, club advisor and PNC continuing lecturer of Education, welcomed the initiates and families. Dr. Rex, Morrow, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, centered his keynote speech on being sure to include all children and to encourage them to be whatever they aspire to be.
Chapter President Kristen Jones presented the candidate. Club officers helping to led the Initiation Ceremony included vice president Angela Krueger, treasurer Allison Kelly, historian Charles Halberstadt, membership chair Erin Provenzaro and foundation representative Kate Zavada.
Ty Johnson, new initiate, stated, “I am honored to be a part of this association.”
The new members are: Lindsey Applegate, Long Beach; Lanna Barker, Valparaiso; Christopher Bell, Valparaiso; Hyette Daikhi, Michigan City; Michael Diaz, Chesterton; Andriana Dimovski, Valparaiso; Holly Ellis, Valparaiso; Kayla Gephart, Valparaiso; Rebecca Hipskind, LaPorte; Ty Johnson, Valparaiso; Sara Kobitz, New Carlisle; Jessica Libey, Francesville; Madelaine Miller, Chesterton; Brittany Nevill, Valparaiso; Nichole Pater, Crown Point; Amber Robinson, Porter; Stefannie Rust, Westville; Ashley Spurr, Hebron; Lynndsey Swanson, LaPorte; Beth Szymaszek, Hebron; Sarah Wooden, LaPorte; Mark Woolum, Portage; Michelle Wyatt Beverly Shores and Abigail Vittatoe, Michigan City.