The Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability has been granted a chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Science Honor Society – an achievement that was initiated by Hofstra students, most notably graduating senior Anthony Sisti. The Hofstra chapter of Theta Lambda will hold its first induction ceremony on Friday, May 6. According to Dr. Robert Brinkmann, Professor and Director of Sustainability Studies, this is the first time that students in the department have had access to an honor society in their major.
The possibility of bringing Sigma Gamma Epsilon to Hofstra was first explored by Ashley Persaud ’15 who met with representatives of the organization at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. This year, Sisti carried on the cause with support from Department Chair Bret Bennington and fellow students. “Currently, there are about 20 members,” said Sisti, with majors in geology, sustainability studies and environmental resources. “Students must maintain at 3.0 GPA in their major and a 2.7 GPA overall.”
Sisti explained that a representative from Sigma Gamma Epsilon was sent to Hofstra to meet with students, faculty and the dean to ascertain interest and commitment, before making a formal recommendation that a local chapter be established at the University.
Dr. Bennington says that the establishment of the honor society presents “opportunities for students to do more with their education, allowing them easier access to professional networks.”
When Sisti graduates in just a few weeks with the newly acquired honor cords on his commencement attire, he can feel proud not only about his personal academic achievements, but about this legacy he is leaving behind. “I hope having this honor society will help students further their knowledge of sustainability. There are so many possibilities – chapter awards, planning trips, starting an e-board … I know the interest is there to keep this group growing and thriving.”