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 will hold its annual Fall Award & Induction Ceremony on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center.  See last year's Event Photos here.


The Shirley Hockett Scholar: RACHEL SNYDER, Chemistry
Nominating Faculty Member: Professor Mike Haaf
Rachel Snyder is a senior studying Chemistry in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College with minors in Physics and Honors. Rachel graduated from North East High School in 2011 and is a native of North East, Pennsylvania. At Ithaca College, Rachel serves as President of the Ithaca College Chemistry Club, Co-President of Volunteers for Special Olympics, and founder and President of the Ithaca College Orthodox Christian Fellowship student organization. She has worked on several major research projects and will be presenting her work at the national American Chemical Society meeting this spring in Denver, Colorado.

The John Harcourt Scholar: CANDACE BURTON, Sport Management
Nominating Faculty Member: Professor Wayne Blann
Candace Burton is a senior studying Sport Management in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College with a minor in Health. Candace graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 2011 and is a native of Queens, New York. At Ithaca College, Candace is Co-President of the student organization IC Created Equal. She is an active participant of the Martin Luther King Scholar program and presented a professional paper at the James J. Whalen Conference of Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College following research completed in Ecuador and Ghana. Candace also participates in volunteer programs in Ithaca including the Beverly Martin Elementary School After School Program, Loaves and Fishes and the Ithaca Alternative Library.

The John Bernard Scholar: CURT MCCONNELL, Environmental Science
Nominating Faculty Member: Professor Susan Allen-Gil
Curt McConnell is a senior studying Environmental Science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College with a minor in French. Curt graduated from Parkland High School in 2011 and is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania. At Ithaca College, Curt is performing toxicology research and serves as a Steward and Tour Guide for the Ithaca College Natural Lands. Curt also assists other students as a Lab Teaching Assistant for an Environmental Toxicology Lab in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Additionally, he has been the treasurer of the Ithaca College Environmental Society and both a Teaching and Lab Assistant for courses in Chemistry and Earth Science.

The Raquib Zaman Scholar: CARIN PRACHT, Health Care Management
Nominating Faculty Member: Associate Professor Karen Edwards
Carin Pracht is a senior studying Health Care Management in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College with a minor in Business Administration. Carin graduated from Gowanda High School in 2011 and is a native of Gowanda, New York. At Ithaca College, Carin is the President of the Ithaca College Association of Healthcare Professionals and a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. She has also been the secretary of the Ithaca College Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a member of Service Saturdays, where she has volunteered with Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Walk to Cure Alzheimer’s, Titus Towers, and Beechtree Care Center.

Ithaca College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar Awards Winners


Shirley Hockett Award

John Bernard Award

John Harcourt Award

Raquib Zaman Award

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



PKP Chapter President's Award

  • Dane Cash, 1997

The Michael Twomey Award

  • Kimberly Huth, 2002