Lauren Tocci of Pawling Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa and Geography Honor Society

Lauren Tocci of Pawling Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

HEMPSTEAD, NY (05/15/2024)– Lauren Tocci of Pawling was one of 36 Hofstra University students recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Lauren, a member of Hofstra’s class of 2025, is majoring in Anthropology at Hofstra.

Phi Beta Kappa is considered America’s most prestigious honor society, with the top 10 percent of liberal arts and science graduates invited to join. There are fewer than 300 chapters of the honor society in the country.

To be considered for election to Phi Beta Kappa, a student must attain a high GPA while taking broad and rigorous coursework in the liberal arts and sciences. There is no fixed GPA required, nor is a high GPA alone sufficient for election. In making its decision, the chapter examines a student’s entire transcript.

Hofstra University’s primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning. At Hofstra, new ideas take shape through collaboration, engagement, and interaction. Hofstra students create their success with small classes and dedicated faculty, alongside a beautiful campus, plus all the opportunities of New York City within easy reach.

Lauren Tocci of Pawling Inducted Into Geography Honor Society

 

HEMPSTEAD, NY (05/15/2024)– Lauren Tocci of Pawling, NY, was among 12 Hofstra University students inducted into the Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographic honor society.

Lauren, a member of Hofstra’s Class of 2025, is majoring in Anthropology.

Dr. Veronica Lippencott, adjunct associate professor of global studies and geography, director of Africana studies, and associate director of the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, delivered the ceremony’s keynote address. Dr. Grant Saff, department chair and professor, and Mu Kappa President Julian Rocha ’24 welcomed the new members.

Dr. Kari Jensen, who founded the Hofstra chapter in 2012 and has served on the board of Mu Kappa ever since, said it was a “delight” to conduct the induction ceremony with Julian Rocha and fellow officer Natalie Correa ’24. “They are both graduating with geography degrees this semester and have landed graduate scholarships at UC Berkeley and University of Wisconsin, Madison, respectively. My colleague, Dr. Lippencott, gave an excellent keynote speech about her personal journey into the academic discipline of geography and what it has meant in her life,” she said.

The first chapter of GTU was founded in 1928 at Illinois State Normal University. It became a national organization in 1931 and an international geographic honor society in 1949.

Since its establishment at Hofstra, Mu Kappa has been awarded the prestigious Gamma Theta Upsilon Honors Chapter Award six times. The award recognizes the scholarship of Hofstra’s geography students, as well as activities that celebrate and bring awareness of geography to the University’s campus and community. Membership in Mu Kappa now stands at 211.

Hofstra University’s primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning. At Hofstra, new ideas take shape through collaboration, engagement, and interaction. Hofstra students create their success with small classes and dedicated faculty, alongside a beautiful campus, plus all the opportunities of New York City within easy reach.

Author: Harlem Valley News