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Mu Kappa Celebrates New Members

A screenshot from the Mu Kappa induction ceremony.

The Department of Global Studies and Geography recently inducted 20 students into Mu Kappa, Hofstra University’s chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographic honor society. Through a ceremony held over Zoom, the number of Mu Kappa members now stands at 158 since the chapter’s founding in 2012. Mu Kappa has been the recipient of a GTU Honors Chapter Award over the last five consecutive years.

The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Dr. Burrell Montz, Professor of Environmental Geography and Planning at East Carolina University, Interim Executive Secretary and past President of Gamma Theta Upsilon. She offered a lively recount of her introduction to the world of geography. Because of her passion for studying the intricate connections between humans and their physical surroundings, she left a successful career as an environmental consultant and environmental planner to begin doctoral studies in geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She studied a flood that had occurred in her hometown three years prior, and this marked the beginning of a long career dedicated to the research of natural hazards, water resource management and environmental impact analysis.

Dr. Montz spoke about the academic discipline of geography, which entails a diverse skillset that can be successfully applied to a wide range of topics, including the current COVID-19 situation. She congratulated Hofstra’s initiates on their accomplishments and assured them that they are entering an honors organization with strong networking opportunities. She noted that two Hofstra Mu Kappa alumni, Jaclyn Catania ’14 and Thomas Vogel ’16, received graduate studies scholarships in her department after meeting her at the 2014 induction ceremony.

After Dr. Montz’s address, Mu Kappa President Sophia Hadeed ’20, Vice President Adriana Galarza ’20, Historian Margaret Engel ’21, and Secretary Ligia Clara-Arenivar ’19 led the virtual ceremony to welcome the following members:

  • Humza Bashir
  • Alena Etha Mae Clark
  • Sarah Dowd
  • Kyla Garcia
  • Christopher Richard Heilig
  • Robert Kinnaird
  • Sarah Klush
  • Kate Meagher
  • Sabrina Michael-Duncan
  • Antoinette Montes
  • Bri Ann-Marie Murphy
  • Dante Nazzaro
  • Thomas Mark Anson Nielsen
  • Anna Sofia Pasanen
  • Jenna Elizabeth Reda
  • Angela Rienzo
  • Hana Rubenstein
  • Alyson Sann
  • Tyler Christopher Stock
  • Janet Tran

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