The College of Staten Island (CSI) Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) held its Member Induction Convocation on November 3 in the Center for the Arts Williamson Theatre. Keynote speaker Bertram O. Ploog, PhD, Professor in the Psychology Department, gave a presentation titled “Psychology is a True Science.”
Ralf Peetz, PhD, Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Student Success, welcomed 37 inductees and their guests, as well as Chapter Officers. Erica Villamar, President and Treasurer; Marilyn Owusu-Skeyer, Vice President, PACE, events and STAR Status Coordinator; and Sharena Tirado, Vice President for Community Service, PR/Membership also gave remarks at the ceremony.
NSCS is the nation’s premiere organization for high-achieving students. Founded in 1994 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, NSCS is the only honor society to recognize outstanding academic achievement among first- and second-year college students.
Membership is by invitation only and is offered to those freshman and sophomore students who carry a 3.4 grade point average or higher and rank in the top 20 percent of their college class. To this select group of students, NSCS offers benefits such as scholarships, access to career resources and internship positions, and leadership opportunities at both the campus and national levels.
With active chapters at more than 293 colleges and universities across the country, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, NSCS has as its goal to honor, inspire, and engage. Chapters are involved in service to their individual campuses and communities, as well as in scholastic and social activities.