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College Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Announces Scholars of the Year

02/17/2010 

SUNY Cortland’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has named six students as its Scholars of the Year.

The SUNY Cortland chapter of the national honor society recognized the students based on their academic accomplishments and their leadership and volunteer involvement at the College.  

Each of the scholars will receive $50 and all the students will be honored at a ceremony at 10 a.m., on Saturday, April 17, in the Corey Union Function Room.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for all academic disciplines. Each year, about 30,000 members are initiated into the society on nearly 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

SUNY Cortland’s Phi Kappa Phi Scholars of the Year are:

Mallory Anger

The daughter of Deborah and Michael Anger of Bellmore, N.Y., Mallory Anger is a senior childhood education major.  

Anger has been on the Dean’s List consistently, and last spring received the honor of being on the President’s List. In 2006, she was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

An active member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, Anger has served as fundraising chair and both Pan Hellenic social chair and president. Currently, she is organizing a fundraiser for a sorority sister whose mother is battling cancer.

Anger has participated in the Relay for Life Cancer Walk for the past four years and in the Take Back the Night walks for rape victims the past five semesters.

Krysten Hoversen

A senior dual major in sport management and business economics from Port Jefferson, N.Y., Krysten Hoversen has maintained a 4.09 grade point average during her time at Cortland.

She received the Cortland Merit Scholarship, has achieved President’s List recognition for the past five semesters, and has been ranked in the top five percent of her sophomore, junior and senior class.

A member of the Sport Management Club since her freshman year, Hoversen has been involved with the Residence Hall Association and works as an admissions ambassador.

In her spare time, she enjoys making handmade greeting cards for her friends and family.

This semester, she is interning in the Guest Services Department at Daytona International Speedway. 

The daughter of Patricia Hoversen, she plans to pursue a career in event management or hospitality in the motorsports industry.

Jacqueline Marconi

The daughter of Neil and Susan Marconi of Bethpage, N.Y., Jacqueline Marconi is a senior speech and language disabilities major. She has been named to the Dean’s List since her freshman year, and to the President’s List the past two semesters.

At Cortland, Marconi has been involved in many extracurricular activities, such as Speech and Hearing Club, the Equestrian Club, Colleges Against Cancer, Cortland Dance Company and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, she interned at the Franziska Racker Center, where she worked with autistic children.

After graduation, Marconi plans to pursue a graduate degree in communication disorders and sciences. Her ultimate goal is to be a school-based speech-language pathologist and work in an early intervention program that aids young children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Demi Paz

A senior communication studies major, Demi Paz has been named to the Dean’s List and has received an Excellence Award in Newspaper Participation.

Paz joined the Dragon Chronicle as a contributing writer, but soon moved up the ranks to become a staff writer and the entertainment editor. She is now the editor-in-chief.

The winner of the Neo-Vox Earthly Matters Writing Contest, Paz has had her work published in Staten Island Parent magazine.

A member of the SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir, she aspires to be a journalist or reporter for a print publication and eventually teach journalism at the college level.

She is the daughter of Miriam Paz of Staten Island, N.Y.

Hilary Rehler

Hilary Rehler, the daughter of Peter and Virginia Rehler of Allegany, N.Y., is majoring in teaching English as a second language.

At the College, Hilary has been named to the Dean’s List the past five semesters. She served as a resident assistant in an international student residence hall on campus and studied abroad in Mexico.

Recently, she piloted an online tutoring program to teach English to a Brazilian student of intermediate proficiency through an internship with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

After graduation, Rehler plans to travel and teach abroad before returning to the U.S. to complete a master’s degree.

Rebecca Zurek

A senior psychology major, Rebecca Zurek is the daughter of Jeffrey Zurek of Syracuse, N.Y.  

Zurek has been named to the Dean’s List and President’s List and has received an Excellence in Academics and Athletics award.

The women’s track and field team captain, she works in the Cortland Physiopsychology Laboratory as a senior research assistant. Upon graduating, she will pursue a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology or human resources.