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26 Members Chosen for NASA Program
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Twenty-six Phi Theta Kappa members have been chosen National Community College Aerospace Scholars.
The National Community College Aerospace Scholars program is sponsored by NASA. The project includes preliminary interactive web-based activities and an onsite experience at a NASA facility.
Community College Aerospace Scholars will visit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, November 8-10 for a hands-on engineering project.
"We are very proud that Phi Theta Kappa members will again be participating in NASA's learning opportunity," said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. "Congratulations to these fine students. This experience will be incredibly beneficial, no matter what career paths they choose. We also applaud NASA for establishing this program and recognizing the scholarship and leadership potential of community college students."
Only some 20 percent of applicants were chosen for the program, which NASA terms as highly competitive. Selection was based on online lesson scores and applicants' designs for a robotic Mars mission.
"The NASA program has already benefited me in more ways than I could possibly explain," said Mary-Catherine Snook, a member of Phi Theta Kappa's Delta Phi Chapter at Centenary College in New Jersey. Snook learned about the NASA program through Phi Theta Kappa, and overcame her initial hesitation to apply. A nontraditional student, Snook enrolled at Centenary College when her employer, Johnson and Johnson, partnered with the college to offer blended courses and full tuition reimbursements.
NASA Scholar Keith Crisman said that the support from his chapter, Alpha Psi Tau at Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri, helped give him the confidence to apply. "Joining Phi Theta Kappa gave me a family and support system that I didn't have before. This made me realize that I am capable of so much more than just taking classes and moving on," said Crisman about Phi Theta Kappa's opportunities for engagement.
Phi Theta Kappa Aerospace Scholars include:
Michael Fralick, Faulkner State Community College
Heather Thomas, Mesa Community College
Richie Agpaoa, Southwestern College
Trevor Davenport, Cerritos College
Hisu Park, Long Beach City College
Lucas Pettit, Folsom Lake College
Jacob Easterling, Brevard Community College
Matthew Hopper, Seminole State College of Florida
Kristen OMara, Harper College
Sheena Farmer, Kennebec Valley Community College
Elizabeth Banas, Mid Michigan Community College
Sage Gerard, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus
Keith Crisman, Ozarks Technical Community College
Sara Gowin, College of Southern Nevada
Paul Crisanti, Camden County College
Nicole Schoenstein, Atlantic Cape Community College
Mary-Catherine Snook, Centenary College
Steven Riggall, Mohawk Valley Community College
Ryan Thompson, Sinclair Community College
Corbin Graham, Seminole State College
Kevin Arentz, Reading Area Community College
Jennifer Rizel, Luzerne County Community College
Jeffrey Germaneri, Collin College
Ricky Riaz, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
Christopher Thompson, Salt Lake Community College
Jason Cowin, Centralia College