Mount’s Kappa Delta Pi earns ACE Award

November 30, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Kappa Delta Pi

Mount Saint Mary College’s Sigma Tau Chapter 451 of Kappa Delta Pi. Front row: Janaina Barham Middleton of Wallkill, NY; Meghan Bauer of Kingston, NY; Nicole Golder of Smithtown, NY; Lindsay Panko from Hopewell, NY; and Ericka Knox of Wappingers Falls, NY. Back Row: Elizabeth Doung of Bridgewater, NJ; Christina Sayegh of LaGrangeville, NY; Kaytlin Zanella of West Islp, NY; Stephanie Ruger of Hyde Park, NY; faculty counselor Ludmila Smirnova, professor of education; Brittni Troy of Montgomery, NY, current president; and Alexandria Hercules of Liberty, NY, president elect.

Mount Saint Mary College’s Sigma Tau Chapter 451 of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, recently earned an Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) award at the KDP 49th Biennial Convocation in Dallas, Texas.

The Mount is the only upstate New York campus with a 2013 ACE award, and the ceremony marked the second in a row that the Mount's Sigma Tau chapter was recognized.

Also, Lauren Brunetti, the 2012 president of the chapter and alumna of the Mount, received a Distinguished Chapter Officer award; and faculty counselor Ludmila Smirnova, professor of education, was presented with a certificate commemorating her decade of service in the organization.

“It was a great, inspiring event,” Smirnova explained. “The officers who went to Dallas came back inspired and ready for designing more engaging and creative programs.”

Kappa Delta PiSigma Tau Chapter 451 is dedicated to service-learning in the local community. Recent efforts included “Literacy Alive” at Berea Elementary School in Montgomery, NY where members of the society helped spread a love of reading to new generations; the long-running “Adopt a Family” program, where society members donate to families in need; and a recent book fair at the Newburgh, NY Barnes & Noble.

Right: Mount Sigma Tau members prepare for a recent community event. Left to right: Janaina Barham Middleton of Wallkill, NY discusses society plans with Nicole Golder of Smithtown, NY, and Lindsay Panko from Hopewell, NY speaks to a potential new member of the honor society.

Chapter members serve with the Mount’s Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL). In addition to many other service-learning initiatives, Mount book clubs are offered at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center as part of CELL, where college volunteers help their young students to explore books that reflect various cultural backgrounds and interests of the community. Children actively share their own ideas and stories as well.

Kappa Delta Pi promotes excellence in, and recognizes outstanding contributions to, the field of education. The society endeavors to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship among its members, quicken professional growth, and honor achievement in educational work.

Mount students enjoy serving their community and cultivating their skills through a variety of honor societies, including: Tri-beta, chemistry; Gamma Sigma Epsilon, biology; Alpha Sigma Lambda, adult education; Kappa Mu Epsilon, math; Delta Mu Epsilon, accounting and business; Sigma Tau Delta, English; Lambda Pi Eta, communications; Phi Alpha Theta, history; Psi Chi, psychology; Sigma Theta Tau, nursing; and Alpha Chi, general excellence.

Mount Saint Mary College, located 60 miles north of New York City, is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs preparing students for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communication/media and more.

Additionally, the Mount’s master’s degree opportunities include options in business, education and nursing. All three programs carry specialized accreditation.