32 Students inducted into Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society

Adriana Sotolongo '18, president of Phi Alpha, Zeta Gamma Chapter, presents a medal to inductee Danielle Cajigas.
Adriana Sotolongo ’18, president of Phi Alpha, Zeta Gamma Chapter, presents a medal to inductee Danielle Cajigas.

On Friday, April 21, the Syracuse University Falk College School of Social Work held its 2017 Phi Alpha Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter, Induction Ceremony in Grant Auditorium, followed by a reception in Wildhack Lounge. This year’s inductees included 14 MSW students and 18 BSSW students.

Social work graduate student Genevieve Marshall G’17 was the keynote speaker. Medallions were awarded by social work senior Juliana Leach ’17, social work graduate student Anthony Traver G’17 and Bette Brown Thoreck, director of the baccalaureate social work program and Phi Alpha faculty advisor.

The concept of a National Social Work Honor Society came from a group of undergraduates at Michigan State University. In November, 1960, a national honor society committee was formed and in 1961 the society came into being. The Syracuse University Zeta Gamma Chapter was founded in 1996 as part of the School of Social Work’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.

The charge and purposes of the Phi Alpha Honor Society are:

  • To recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among the students who are majoring in social work.
  • To improve and further the goals and objectives of social work by encouraging objectivity and awareness of current developments and practices in the various fields of social work.
  • To improve and further the goals and objectives of social work by stimulating research in preparation for a career in social work.

2017 Phi Alpha Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter Inductees

Graduates (MSW):

Stephen Michael Ayers
Lauren Marie Beville
Danielle Samantha Cajigas
Ashley Lynn Colasanti
Jennifer Anne Crider
Nicole Marie Donati
Kristy Kelly
Melanie Licatese
Samantha Lynn McCoy
Naomi Chang Patnaude
Eric Grace Shambo
Britton Adolfo Tarris
Karolyne Elizabeth Tomlinson
Jelilat Williams

Undergraduates (BSSW):

Karlea A. Abair
Amy Kathryn Austin
Lorez E. Barber
Sarah Hannah Berkowitz
Angela Mary Calvey
Emily Rose Carlson
Anne Mei Daly
Brielle T. Dejoe
Angela G. Gallina
Maia Garcia
Carly Rose Jones
Jessica Elizabeth Mohn
Sarah Brooke Parker
Cynthia A. Salas
Elizabeth H. Scharoun
Nathan D. Sinn
Allison Smidt
Alyssa L. Swierk