May 11, 2017

Phi Theta Kappa installs new officers for 2017-2018

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Kishwaukee College held their annual end of the year celebration, which included the installation ceremony for the new officers for the 2017–2018 academic year, on Wednesday, May 3, at the College.

During a candle-lighting ceremony in which outgoing officers administered the oath of office to the incoming officers, the following Kishwaukee College students assumed their new roles in the chapter: Phil Oliver, DeKalb, President; Ethan Templeman-Brockwell, Rochelle, Vice President; James Haberstich, Kingston, Hallmark Officer; Andrew Kozinski, DeKalb, Public Relations; and Mahali Granados, Oregon, Recording Officer.

Outgoing officers are Gabrielle Cultra, Earlville, President; Justin Otte, Genoa, Vice President; Jashawna Robinson, DeKalb, Hallmark Officer; Mahali Granados, Oregon, Public Relations Officer, and Andrew Kozinski, DeKalb, Recording Officer.

The outgoing officer team recognized chapter members who had made outstanding contributions during the year with distribution of the 2017 Alpha Rho Eta Chapter Awards.  Receiving chapter awards were:  Rory Gallagher, DeKalb (Fall) and Phillip Oliver, DeKalb (Spring), Outstanding Participation; Andrew Kozinski, DeKalb, Most Improved Officer; Crystal Ritchey, DeKalb, Distinguished Service Award; Chris Steevens, DeKalb, Distinguished Fellowship Award; and Justin Otte, Genoa, Distinguished Scholarship Award.

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa annually distributes Terry Martin Awards to members who have demonstrated exemplary scholarship and service throughout the past year.  The awards were established by Terry Martin, retired Kishwaukee College biology instructor and former Phi Theta Kappa advisor. This year’s recipients were:  Gabrielle Cultra, Earlville; Andrew Kozinski, DeKalb; and Therese Aloisio, DeKalb.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognizes and encourages scholarship among students at two-year colleges and has over 1300 chapters worldwide.  The society provides opportunity for the development of leadership, service, scholarship, and fellowship.  To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of college-level course work and earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college to retain membership. 

For more information on the Phi Theta Kappa, visit For more information on the Alpha Rho Eta chapter, contact chapter advisor Allison von Ende at 815-825-9527 or at

Pictured are the new and outgoing officers. Front row L to R: Gabrielle Cultra, Earlville; Jashawna Robinson, DeKalb; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Mahali Granados, Oregon; Phil Oliver, DeKalb. Back row, L to R: Justin Otte, Genoa; Ethan Templeman-Brockwell, Rochelle; Andrew Kozinski, DeKalb; and James Haberstich, Kingston.