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Two Jefferson Students Named to PTK All-New York Academic Team

Jefferson Community College (JCC) is pleased to announce that Kathleen E. Coloney, Harrisville, and Rebecca M. Venturelli, Evans Mills, have been named to the All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges.  To be chosen for the All-New York Academic Team, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and have a history of scholarly achievement. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement.  Both students will be recognized for their achievements at Jefferson’s commencement ceremony on May 15, 2015.

Kathleen Coloney came to the College as a Jefferson-Can Community Scholar and will graduate with an associate in science degree in business administration and an associate in applied science degree in hospitality and tourism.  In addition, Kathleen participated in the Honors Program option to deepen her learning experience.  With her 4.0 grade point average, Kathleen has earned President’s List honors every semester and is a member of Jefferson’s Tau Xi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. On campus, Kathleen immersed herself in a variety of activities.  She served as one of East Hall’s first resident assistants, served on the Athletic Board of Control, was a member of the Lady Cannoneers basketball team, serving as co-captain this past season, and earned numerous athletic accolades including National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Division III 2013-2014 Academic All-Region Team. Kathleen is employed on campus through work-study, works at a local restaurant, and volunteers as a tutor for special education middle/high school students and as a basketball referee for middle school summer programs.  She plans to transfer to Clarkson University with an ultimate career goal of becoming a criminal attorney.

Pictured above (left to right): State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher; Jefferson student Kathleen E. Coloney of Harrisville; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Chief Executive Officer, Rod Risley; and Jefferson Community College Vice President for Academics, Thomas J. Finch.

Rabecca Venturelli will graduate from Jefferson with her associate in science degree in business administration.  With her 4.0 GPA, Rabecca earned President’s List honors every semester, is a member of Jefferson’s Tau Xi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was recently selected as a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar, one of only seven students in New York selected for this honor. Rabecca was awarded the JCC Business Division Scholarship and was recently named Outstanding Business Student by her faculty. On campus, Rabecca is an active member of JCC’s Business Club and a member of the Entrepreneurship Day planning committee. Through work-study, Rabecca was employed in Jefferson’s development office and volunteered her time at numerous JCC Foundation events.  Off campus, she participates in the annual Heart Walk and is a USO volunteer alongside her young son and soldier spouse.  Rabecca is now formally employed as an account clerk for the JCC Foundation while she pursues her bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Potsdam through JCC’s Higher Education Center. Long range, Rabecca hopes to complete a master’s degree in business administration and to continue working for an organization that is dedicated to helping others.

Pictured above (left to right): State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher; Jefferson student Rabecca M. Venturelli of Evans Mills; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Chief Executive Officer, Rod Risley; and Jefferson Community College Vice President for Academics, Thomas J. Finch.

Ms. Coloney and Mrs. Venturelli were among 75 students from across all SUNY (State University of New York) and CUNY (City University of New York) community college campuses honored March 6 at the annual All-New York Phi Theta Kappa Awards Ceremony held at the New York State Museum in Albany.  

“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 SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of the students we honor today for their remarkable leadership and achievement.”

The Phi Theta Kappa ceremony is jointly sponsored by the New York Community College Trustees, New York Community College Association of Presidents and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.