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St. Bonaventure University graduates inducted into education honor society Kappa Delta Pi

May 19, 2021

Burning candles in front of a framed honor society certificate

Thirty-two St. Bonaventure University students who earned graduate and undergraduate degrees this year were inducted into the university’s Xi Nu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, in a virtual ceremony held May 14.
With more than 1.2 million members, Kappa Delta Pi advocates leadership, service and scholarship while providing its members with a network of support throughout their careers. Membership is determined by academic performance and service.
St. Bonaventure’s Xi Nu chapter works to promote education and support teachers in the Olean area by collecting classroom supplies for students and teachers. Other projects have included preschool literacy activities, a Books for Babes project, and a Halloween “Trunk of Treat” event in which young children and their families engage in a variety of hands-on activities.
Presiding at the induction ceremony were Dr. Lisa Buenaventura, dean of the School of Education; Dr. Pamina Abkowitz and Dr. Kathryn Andrews, assistant professors of childhood education; Elizabeth Cashing, adjunct instructor in the adolescence education and educational studies programs, as well as student teacher supervisor; and Molly Pra Sisto, a graduate assistant in the School of Education and Kappa Delta Pi member who earned her master’s degree in inclusive special education this year.
This year’s inductees include:
  • Isabella Ambrogio, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
  • Meghan Bradley, Cuba, New York
  • Brianna Burgess, Houghton, New York
  • Elizabeth Burke, Canton, New York
  • Isaiah Callahan, Lynbrook, New York
  • Abigail Collura, Granite Springs, New York
  • Mia Cote, Glens Falls, New York
  • Justin Cyran, New Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Amanda Deconinck, Rochester, New York
  • Ladonna Freundschuh, Great Valley, New York
  • Alison Garlock, East Aurora, New York
  • Hailey Garske, Ripley, New York
  • Alayna Griffiths, Schenectady, New York
  • Brionna Howard, Franklinville, New York
  • Natalie Kaminski, Grand Island, New York
  • Sarah Kone, Bronx, New York
  • Alexis Lombardo, Friendship, New York
  • Ryenn Moore, Whitesboro, New York
  • Jessica Myers, Limestone, New York
  • Maxwell Ogden, Rochester, New York
  • Courtney Opeka, Johnson City, New York
  • Sarah Orth, Pittsford, New York
  • Mackenzie Pfeffer, Olean, New York
  • Destiney Portlow, Olean, New York
  • Noah Powley, Olean, New York
  • Anna-Elisabeth Ross, Olean, New York
  • Hannah Schifley, Allegany, New York
  • Eric Senior, Angola, New York
  • Elizabeth Somelofske, Hackettstown, New Jersey
  • Brooke Thomas, Grand Island, New York
  • Jackson West, Springwater, New York
  • Wendy Woite, Buffalo, New York
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2020, St. Bonaventure was named the #2 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.