Tri-Beta Honor Society Inducts New Members

by Public Relations | May 19, 2017

Saint Vincent College Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society inducts new members

The Saint Vincent College Upsilon Gamma chapter of Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society inducted 47 new members on April 30.

Forty-three new regular members were honored for their academic performance and completion of three semesters of biology courses.

The new regular members include Haley Adams of Saltsburg, a junior biology major; Maddie Bartrug of Bridgeville, a sophomore biology major; Rebecca Bell of Blairsville, a sophomore biology major; Angela Bialas of Derry, a junior biology major; Kylie Bible of Flintstone, a sophomore biology major; Margaret Birmingham of Grove City, a junior biochemistry major; Nicholas Borkowski of Natrona Heights, a junior biochemistry major; Alison Boyer of Jefferson, Maryland, a sophomore integrated science major; James Burlage of Latrobe, a senior environmental science major; Joshua Centore of Canonsburg, a junior biochemistry major; Michael Cooper of Lewisburg, a sophomore biology major; Ashley Dubos of Chestnut Ridge, a junior biochemistry major; Taylor Easter of Mann’s Choice, a sophomore biology major; Luke Egan of North Huntingdon, a junior biology major; Tessa Fraicola of Youngwood, a junior integrated science major; Samuel Geer of Murrysville, a junior environmental science major; Claire Gribik of Clarion, a junior biochemistry major; Madison Gruss of Derry, a senior biology major; Lauren Gugliotti of Finleyville, a sophomore biology major; Jennifer Haseleu of Coraopolis, a junior chemistry major; Jason Horan of Jefferson Hills, a junior biology major; Caitlin Johnson of Ridgway, a junior biochemistry major; Destinee Kelly of New Alexandria, a sophomore integrated science major; Joshua Kucmeroski of Monessen, a sophomore biology major; Jennifer Larnino of Carnegie, a sophomore biology major; Heather LeClerc of Plantsville, Connecticut, a junior environmental chemistry major; Alyssa Leddon of North Huntingdon, a junior biochemistry major; Katherine Maloney of Oakdale, a junior integrated science major; Arianna Martino of DuBois, a sophomore biology major; Taylor Medeiros of West Mifflin, a sophomore biology major; Madison Mehlferber of Silver Spring, Maryland, a sophomore bioinformatics major; Mary Michaels of Monongahela, a junior integrated science major; Anna Mills of Strasburg, a sophomore biology major; Jessica Packard of Pittsburgh (15202), a sophomore biology major; Nick Ripepi of Jefferson Hills, a junior biology major; Jessica Rudolph of Altoona, a sophomore biology major; Julie Rutkauskas of Bridgeville, a senior biology major; Bailey Scheider of Canonsburg, a sophomore biology major; Natasha Serena of Pittsburgh (15212), a sophomore biology major; Kaitlyn Thomas of Johnstown, a junior biochemistry major; Jennifer Urban of Glassport, a junior environmental science major; Aiste Vaicenas of Export, a senior biology major; and Elizabeth Volna of Meadville, a junior biochemistry major.

Two associate members and two honorary members were also installed. The associate members are Nicholas Chadwick of Washington, a freshman bioinformatics major; and Joseph Heath of New Castle, a freshman biology major. The honorary members include Dr. James Ramsey, D.D.S., a Latrobe dentist and a 1972 graduate of Saint Vincent College, and Dr. Peter Smyntek, who joined the faculty this year as an assistant professor of environmental science.

Two members of the Society were honored by the Biology Department for their service over their four years at Saint Vincent. James Farnan of New Paris, who earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering science on May 13, received the Laura Wilkinson Biology Service Award for providing overall service to the biology department during his time at Saint Vincent. The award is named for the former biology department laboratory assistant, Laura Wilkinson, and was presented by her husband, Jay Wilkinson. Ms. Rachel Collins of Pittsburgh (15229) was honored with the Ricki Krivijanski “Mrs.K” Biology Service Award for providing service to the biology department as a work study student assistant. The award is named for and presented by the retired biology department laboratory assistant, Mrs. Ricki Krivijanski.

Saint Vincent College Tri-Beta chapter officers are Rachel Harenchar of Sharpsville, a junior biology major, president; Lauren Gugliotti, vice president; Garrett McCall of Summerhill, a junior biology major, secretary; Collin Hall of Delmont, a junior biology major, treasurer; and Rachel DiLeo of Uniontown, a junior biology major, historian.

Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B., assistant professor of biology, is the chapter’s faculty advisor.

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Photo: The members of the Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Saint Vincent College Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society.

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