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Two Tompkins Cortland Students Recognized by SUNY Chancellor

March 9, 2015

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College students have been honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society CEO Dr. Rod Risley as part of the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Awards ceremony. Aaron Bach and John Cannon were among the 75 students from SUNY and CUNY two-year schools honored at Monday’s event in Albany.

Bach, from Cortland, graduated from the College in December with a degree in chemical dependency counseling. Cannon, from Dryden, is a computer support specialist student.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all fifty states and nine sovereign nations. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 130,000 students inducted annually. Members of the All-New York Academic Team were recognized for the academic achievements, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in community service.

“Phi Theta Kappa is a noble and historic institution that recognizes the soaring value of a community college education and the tremendous impact that our students have on their campuses, in their communities, and on the economy,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of the students we honor today for their remarkable leadership and achievement.”

“These students we recognize today come from diverse backgrounds, vary widely in age and experience, but share in common the discipline and determination necessary to succeed in college,” said Dr. Risley. “While doing so, these scholars volunteered thousands of hours to improve the quality of life in their communities. Phi Theta Kappa is proud to honor these students."