Keystone Honors Academy Hosts Welcome Banquet and Induction Ceremony

September 21, 2012

On Thursday, September 20, 2012, The Keystone Honors Academy hosted a welcome dinner and induction ceremony for its members.  Thirty-eight members joined the Honors Academy. These included new members representing first year students, transfer students to the University, and a number of continuing Cheyney University students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance. Faculty and staff who collaborate with the honors program were present, including Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Nancy Jones, faculty members, including Dr. Hazel Spears and Virgilette Gaffin, and staff members, including Mr. Curtis Word and Dr. Eric Hilton. 

Dr. Tara Kent, Dean of the Keystone Honors Academy, made remarks, encouraging the students to take advantage of the many opportunities afforded them while students in the honors program.  She noted that college is a unique time in the students’ lives, and that there is nothing equal to a college education in enabling a person to build a professional and fulfilling future.  She continued to say that during their college experience, the students have the chance to create the lives that they’ve always wanted, and to take advantage of every prospect.

The students recited the Keystone Honors Academy Pledge, and vowed to uphold the values of the honors program.  The code in the honors program involves high standards of academic, personal, and professional integrity, a commitment to service, leadership, and sharing, and to act with a sense of humility and respect on a daily basis. 

Several students were recognized with the “Professional Development Award” for completing summer internship assignments.
. Ryan Robert was involved in an internship in Maine working with the Fish & Wildlife Service at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.  His project involved working with piping plovers which are an endangered species.  He helped protect their habitats, was involved in public outreach, swamp marsh sampling, and cottontail habitat restoration. 
• Julianne Lewis completed a research internship with the  Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
• Ashley Benjamin received a scholarship to study abroad at Oxford, and upon returning from England, she then completed a research internship at Drexel University College of Medicine.
• Emmanuel Tyler attended the Middlebury Language School Summer Language Program, which is a total immersion language program in which students speak only Spanish. The program was in Oakland, CA.
• Fanta Murry completed an internship at PA Virtual Charter School, where she served as Teachers Assistant in the sciences.  She was invited to return next year as well.
• Monica Effi completed a research internship at Drexel University College of Medicine.  Upon completion of the internship she presented her work to a group of faculty and students.