Award-Winning Phi Kappa Phi Members

Annual Fall Awards

The Presidential Scholar award program was established to honor outstanding student academic performance combined with exceptional depth and breadth of interest and outstanding community service. Named after the first four past presidents of Phi Kappa Phi, who were distinguished Ithaca College faculty members, the awards are thus named the Shirley Hockett Award, the John Bernard Award, the John Harcourt Award, and the Raquib Zaman Award.

The Ithaca College chapter of Phi Kappa Phi held its annual Fall Awards & Induction Ceremony on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center.  See this year's Event Photos here.


The Shirley Hockett Scholar: KAITLYN DEHORITY, Music Outside Field -  Instrument & Chemistry
Nominating Faculty Members: Professor Kim Dunnick, Music Performance & Professor Michael Haaf, Chemistry

Kaitlyn is a senior studying both Music in the School of Music and Chemistry in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College. Kaitlyn graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 2012 and is a native of Manlius, New York. At Ithaca College, Kaitlyn serves as Vice President of the Ithaca College Chemistry Club, a Teaching Assistant in the Chemistry Department, and the principal trumpet player in the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra. She has worked on several research projects and was able to organize the undergraduate student programs at the regional American Chemical Society meeting hosted at Ithaca College this past June while simultaneously preparing for a major trumpet performance in Lichtenberg, Germany this past August.

The John Harcourt Scholar: DANICA KELLEY, Theatre Studies & Art History
Nominating Faculty Member: Assistant Professor Chrystyna Dail, Theatre Arts
Danica is a senior studying both Theatre Studies and Art History in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College. Danica is a native of Webster, New York and is an active member of her local community both at home and in Ithaca. She assists with a theatre program for at-risk youth in the Finger Lakes area and is involved with the Ithaca College chapter of the More Than Me Foundation. Over the summer of 2014, Danica researched and composed her first one-act play called The Usable Past about the struggles of Provincetown playwright Susan Glaspell. Danica has directed several one-acts (including premiere works by regional female playwrights), and holds three student employment positions on-campus, including acting as the Executive Director of the Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol. Danica also participated in the Judith Barlow Competition in playwriting and is a recent recipient of the Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership.

The John Bernard Scholar: SEAN THEMEA, Communications Studies
Nominating Faculty Member: Professor and Chair Laurie Arliss, Communication Studies
Sean is a senior studying Communication Studies with a minor in Legal Studies and the Honors Program in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College. Sean is a native of Chester, New Hampshire and is a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. At Ithaca College, Sean’s campus involvement reaches across student government, residential life, President’s Hosting, tutoring and acapella. Sean acted as a class of 2016 senator, participated in the Ithaca College chapter of the American Mock Trial team and was a captain of the Ithaca College Speech and Debate Team. In the Spring of 2015, Sean presented two scholarly papers at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at Eastern Washington University. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Ithaca College chapter of the National Communication Honor Society, Lambda Phi Eta and was recently recommended by the faculty for the 2015-2016 Carolyn Gilbert Scholarship.

The Raquib Zaman Scholar: MERRIDETH MALEY, Bus Admin - Marketing Co & Finance Co
Nominating Faculty Member: Professor and Chair Scott Erickson, Marketing and Law
Merrideth is a senior studying Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Finance in the School of Business at Ithaca College. Merrideth graduated from St. Francis Prep in 2012 and is a native of Maspeth, New York. At Ithaca College, Merrideth is the Vice President of Beta Alpha Psi, a Co-Chair of the Ithaca College Senior Week Committee, and the Treasurer of the Ithaca College Women’s Club Rugby team.  She is also a member of the Ithaca College chapter of the American Marketing Association, the Women in Business Network, and is a recent recipient of the Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership.

Ithaca College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar Award Winners


Shirley Hockett Award

John Bernard Award

John Harcourt Award

Raquib Zaman Award

2014 Rachel Snyder Curt McConnell Candace Burton Carin Pracht
2013 Benjamin Van De Water Andrew Becker Macy O'Hearn Lee Henig


Sam Gates

Maria Barton

Brianna Gobetz

Katherine Oertel


Miriam Schildkret 

Kaylee Underkofler 

Alana Koehler 

Macy Sutton 


Allyce Barron

Jillian Neeley

Abigail Jamiel

Jacquelyn Simone


Madeline Smith

Matthew Zeitler

Joseph Fraioli

Allison Walker


Jill Cadby

Janelle Mackereth

Elizabeth Getman

Sarah Brylinsky


Nicole Cade

Lia Stelljes

Dana Cizmas

Stephanie Elowson


Nicholas Kunkle

Nitan Rajan

Megan Keenan

Michael Salvaggio


Dominic DiOrio

Matthew Pearsall

Andrew Dippell

Joseph Wladkowski


Sara Barasch

Barbara Bujak

Kristen Ryczak

Syrena Shirley


Todd Sandstrom

Matthew Sprague

Megan Sullivan

Nicole DeVita


Andrea Vedock

Tracy Robinson

Betsy Leach

Elizabeth Davis


Brian DeMaris

Amanda Rudy

Heather Harmon

Zachary Miner


Paul Fowler

Michelle Fura

Melissa Bernardin

Daniel Sternberg


Hans Van Der Schaaf

Brin Tucker

Karin ChunTaite

Dylon Curatolo


Matthew Hoch

Elizabeth Pender

Michele Moritis

Patrice Lyons


Shawna Cutting

Michael Axtell

Amy Childers

Anthony DeSare


Heather Young

Julie Quimby

Anna Thomas

Lisa Kline


Teresa Lemery

Lawrence D. Finger

Carrie Perfetti

Thomas Hoaglin


Pablo Cora

Angela Boniello

Natalya Shneyder

Marc Maloney


Ann Stewart

Monica Srodon

Thomas Boyd

Angel Houghton


Jennifer Kwiecinsky

Thomas Boyd

Lisel Gorell

Erika Schweitzer


Kirk Wallace

Jennie Menickelli

Lisa Sharfstein

Cynthia Warnokowski


Walter Eppich

Kristen Bjornberg

Susan Werking

John Sperry


Wendy Schaefer

Michelle Gibbons

Coleen Hubler

Heather Trypuc


Steven D. Wickham

Joseph M. Bliss

Richard E. Graef

Michele A. Tesbir


Jean M. Rodriguez

Teresa L. Longin

Jacqueline K. Szablewski



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The Michael Twomey Award

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