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MU KAPPA – Goals, Information and Eligibility

mu_kappa_2019_inductionInitiated in the spring of 2012 by professor Kari Jensen, Mu Kappa is the Hofstra chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), which is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

GTU's Goals are:

  1. To further professional interest in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field.
  2. To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory.
  3. To advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation.
  4. To encourage student research of high quality, and to promote an outlet for publication.
  5. To create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of Geography.
  6. To encourage members to apply geographic knowledge and skills in service to humankind.

For more information see: www.gammathetaupsilon.org


WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN GTU

Gamma Theta Upsilon membership is earned through superior scholarship; it is an honor, and a professional distinction.

Members receive a handsome certificate, suitable for framing.

No further membership dues are paid to the national organization after the initiation fee. Members are eligible to apply for Gamma Theta Upsilon scholarships.

Membership in an academic honor society is evidence of your dedication and competency in your career field. Some employers give hiring preference to honor society members.

For more information, please visit www.gammathetaupsilon.org/membership.


ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP

Regular Member: Initiates must have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, have a GPA of at least 3.3 overall and in geography, and shall have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of college course work.

Honorary Member: A chapter may extend honorary membership to anyone whom it feels has, by exploration, research, lecturing, publishing, teaching, or any other way contributed to marked advancement in any phase of Geography. The fees for Honorary membership are paid by the local chapter.
For more information see: www.gammathetaupsilon.org/eligibility

For more information about joining our Chapter, please contact:
Dr. Kari B Jensen, Faculty Sponsor
Email

GTU members at Hofstra University


Mu Kappa Induction Ceremonies

2019/20

Mu Kappa Inducts Twenty New Members, April 28, 2020

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the Department of Global Studies and Geography inducted 20 students into Mu Kappa, Hofstra University’s chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographic honor society. Through a virtual ceremony held over Zoom, the number of Mu Kappa members was increased to 158. Mu Kappa was founded in 2012 and has been the recipient of GTU’s Honors Chapter Award for the last five consecutive years.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Burrell Montz, Professor of Environmental Geography and Planning at East Carolina University, Interim Executive Secretary and past President of Gamma Theta Upsilon, offered a lively recount of her journey to the world of geography. Because of her passion for studying the intricate connections between humans and their physical surroundings she left high paying jobs as an environmental consultant and environmental planner, and embarked on her doctoral studies in Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She decided to study the flood that had occurred in her home town three years prior, and this became the beginning of a long career dedicated to the study of natural hazards, water resources management and environmental impact analysis. Dr. Montz has advised many graduate students on these topics and she mentioned that she has enjoyed the opportunity to travel to many countries and all over the U.S. for research, conferences and talks. She has also been involved in several climate change related projects in North and South Carolina. She spoke passionately about the unique characteristics of the academic discipline of Geography, which entail such a diverse skill set that it can be successfully applied to a huge range of topics, such as the current COVID19 situation. She congratulated our initiates on their accomplishments and ensured them that they are entering an organization with very strong networking opportunities. Dr. Montz also mentioned the fact that two Mu Kappa members received scholarships for their Masters degrees (Jaclyn Catania ’14 and Thomas Vogel ‘16) and PhD degree (Thomas Vogel ‘16) in her department after having met her at Hofstra University where she gave a talk at our induction ceremony in 2014.

Sophia Hadeed '20 (Mu Kappa President), Adriana Galarza '20 (Vice President), Margaret Engel '21 (Historian), and Ligia Clara-Arenivar '19 (Secretary) led the ceremony to welcome the following new inductees:

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

Mu Kappa Inducts Twenty New Members, April 28, 2020
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2018/19

18 New Members Inducted to Hofstra's Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geographic Honor Society – April 15, 2019

On Monday, April 15, 2019, the Department of Global Studies and Geography inducted the 2018-19 class of Mu Kappa in a ceremony held at the University Club. The 18 initiates are now members of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographical honor society that was founded in 1928, and bring the total number of members in Hofstra’s chapter to 138 since its inception in 2012.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Mona Domosh, Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College, and past President of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), offered a lively recount of her journey to the world of geography. She touched on her family’s frequent moves during her childhood which included vacations to various historical sites around the U.S. and how she discovered the potential of geography as a career late in her undergraduate studies. She is now a cultural-historical geographer with expertise in: urban historical geography, cultural geography, critical development studies, feminist theory and postcolonialism. 

President, Christina Paccadolmi ‘19, Secretary, Julianna Cirafesi ’19, and Historian, Lois Paquette ‘19 conducted the ceremony to welcome the following new inductees:

Michael David Allen
Nicole Boucher
Justine Ecker
Margaret Collins Engel
Tianyue Gao
Julia Gurrola
Sophia Isabella Hadeed
Aliosman Can Kazdal
Justin D. Kumamoto
Ryan W. Leighton
Lauren E. Mahoney
Abby Normandin
Aleksandra Radeva
Raymond Lalesh Ram
Sally Louise Roscoe
Nicholas Tabarus
Olivia Tu
Xiling Ye

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/

2017/18

24 New Members Inducted to Hofstra's Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geographic Honor Society – May 2, 2018

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Department of Global Studies and Geography inducted 23 students and one faculty into Mu Kappa, our geography honors society, in a ceremony held at the University Club. The 24 initiates are now members of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographical honor society that was founded in 1928, and bring the total number of members in Hofstra’s chapter to 120 since its inception in 2012.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Luis Alvarez León, Assistant Professor, Urban-Economic Geography – Graduate School at Clark University, spoke about the importance of geography as a discipline for social analysis and change. He later gave a talk to students and faculty in the Department titled, ‘From Streetscapes to Navigable Landscapes: Crowdsourcing and Contesting the Spaces of Autonomous Driving.’ 

Mu Kappa secretary, Rachel Scarpino, a senior who was inducted in 2017, shared a brief history of the organization, including an explanation of the symbolism of GTU’s badge.

President, Associate Professor Dr. Kari Jensen, and Vice President, Adjunct Associate Professor Dr. Veronica Lippencott conducted the ceremony to welcome the following new inductees:

Hofstra students:
Olukemi Ifenlota Anazodo
Emilie Beck
Rachel Amanda Billard
Larissa Marie Bryant
Daria Burge
Paula Ximena Chirinos Paucar
Julianna Cirafesi
Ligia Clara
Zachary Cole Cybulski
Kimberly Dossett
Adriana Galarza
Adanya Ella Hicks
Emily Bridget Kelley
Robert Levinson
Fatimah Mozawalla
Ciera Nickel
Christina Ann Paccadolmi
Lois Paquette
Aleena Pasha
Emma Rossetti
Alishbah Saddiqui
Amanda Skeene
Lara Noelle Van Patten

Hofstra faculty:
Jase Bernhardt

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/

2016/17

17 New Members Inducted to Hofstra's Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geographic Honor Society – April 26, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Department of Global Studies and Geography inducted the 2016-17 class of Mu Kappa in a ceremony held at the University Club.  The 17 initiates are now members of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographical honor society that was founded in 1928, and bring the total number of members in Hofstra’s chapter, Mu Kappa, to 96 since its inception in 2012.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Marianna Pavlovskaya, a professor at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, discussed ‘Geography That Matters: Place-Making Potential of Credit Unions in New York City.’  She highlighted the unique qualities of credit unions (employment, ethnic, and religious oriented) and mapped them to show the various concentrations of branches as they related to the socio-economic neighborhoods in which they were located.

President, Associate Professor Dr. Kari Jensen, and Vice President, Adjunct Associate Professor Dr. Veronica Lippencott conducted the ceremony to welcome the following new inductees:

Hofstra students:
Carol Jane Burka
Marissa Nicole Duhaney
Jasmina Dzurlic
James Eager
Kelly Gallo
Celene Guzman
Sara Elizabeth Hicks
Mannat Thakur Kamboj
Connor Mayes
Claudia Hope Modica
Lauren Morgan
CapriAnna Pappalardo
Rachel Scarpino
John Van Fossen

Hofstra faculty:
Hewan Girma
Nisha Korattyswaroopam
Ying Qiu

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/

2015/16

20 New Members Inducted to Hofstra's Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geographic Honor Society – April 13, 2016

The Department of Global Studies and Geography inducted 20 new members to Mu Kappa, Hofstra University's chapter of the international geographical honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) in a ceremony held at the University Club on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

The event was attended by both new and old members of Mu Kappa, along with Global Studies and Geography faculty and staff. Inductee and special guest Dr. Craig Dalton, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Geography, gave the keynote speech congratulating the inductees and highlighting the value of geography for providing a spatial understanding of global society

Associate Professor Kari Jensen and Adjunct Assistant Professor Veronica Lippencott serve as president and vice president, respectively, of Mu Kappa. This year's inductees are:

Bhavneet Kaur Anand
Craig Myers Dalton
Sage E. Davino
Taner Bora Gadime
Jon Lloyd Isaacs
Christine Kempski
Aika Kobayashi
Jaclyn Langella
Gibson McKay LaRoche
Malcolm Cassius McCoy
Jeremy Matthew Moskow
Alison Elizabeth Nahrevar
Clayton John Oakley-Robbins
La Rainne Pasion
Alexandra Mae Phipps
Victoria Spagnuolo
Breanna Renee Stanco
Temperance L. Staples
Carys Brianne Swan
Blaine Catherine Volpe

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/

2014/15

Eleven New Members Inducted to Hofstra's Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geographic Honor Society – April 29, 2015

Dr. Veronica A. Lippencott, the Mu Kappa Acting President, and Dr. Grant Saff, the Mu Kappa Vice President, inducted 11 new members, in a ceremony held at Hofstra University Club along with a luncheon on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. It was attended by both new and old members of Mu Kappa, along with Global Studies and Geography faculty. Special guest, Valerie Rizzuto, Assistant Instructor of Global Studies and Geography and alumnus of the Department, gave the keynote speech. Professor Rizzuto, who will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of South Florida in the Fall, highlighted her passion for geography and how important the discipline is for understanding of the world. We wish her well in her upcoming endeavor. Congratulations to the new members!

The Hofstra student inductees were:
Colin Adams
Thomas Bradley
Sabrina Clarke
Douglas Forgione
Nicole Marolda
Citadel Ann Mejia
Julia Rafatpanah
Joy Elyse Rumack
Eleanore Saintis
Samantha Sohnen
Thomas Vogel 

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/

2013/14

MU KAPPA INDUCTION CEREMONIES

2013/14

Twenty-one New Members Inducted to Hofstra's Mu Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geographic Honor Society – April 23, 2014

Dr. Kari Jensen, the Mu Kappa Chapter President, inducted 21 new members, in a ceremony held at Hofstra's University Club followed by a luncheon on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. It was attended by both new and old members of Mu Kappa, including special guest Dr. Burrell Montz, Chair and Geography Professor at East Carolina University. Dr. Montz gave a captivating keynote speech highlighting her own career path as a Geographer as well as her involvement with the Honor Society through the years. Congratulations to the new members!

The Hofstra student inductees were:

Elizabeth Anders
Deeba Carvan
Athraja DeSilva
Lora Dunn-Hardy
Justin Ederheimer
Seth Egert
Tarek Elkattan
Gina Gallo
James Holman
Abraham Johnson
Mishaina Joseph
Danielle Marie Maiocco
Riley Hart Metcalfe
Catherine Misczuk
Sandra Morrongiello
Robert Murphy
Brittany Scalise
Clara Schopf
Ariana Spang
Venessa Trofa
David Zhukovsky

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/

2012/13

MU KAPPA INDUCTION CEREMONIES

2012/13

Nine new members inducted on May 9, 2013

Eight Hofstra students and one Hofstra professor were inducted as members of Gamma Theta Upsilon on May 9, 2013. A keynote speech on different uses of geographic knowledge was given by Dr. Christopher Niedt, who holds a PhD in Geography from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Niedt is the academic director of the National Center for Suburban Studies, as well as an assistant professor in the Sociology department. The induction ceremony was led by Mu Kappa President, Dr. Kari Jensen, and Vice President, Dr. Veronica Lippencott. It was attended by both new and old members of Mu Kappa, including alumni Rebecca Galin, who is now doing a Masters of Secondary Education at University of Connecticut. Mu Kappa member Melanie Martha was awarded a GTU award for excellence in Geography for her honors thesis titled “Tourism and the Galápagos Islands: Examining the Relationship between Ecotourism and the Local Population”, for which she conducted fieldwork on the Galápagos Islands during the summer of 2012.

The Hofstra student inductees were:
Caron Cornell Bricks 
Kira Kazantsev * 
Nadir Khan
Kaylee Platt 
Allison Ilana Shapero * 
Nathan Traiger Shapiro 
Gabriella Sperduto * 
Kevin Alexander Tamerler

The Hofstra professor inductee was:
Christopher Niedt



Seven new members inducted on November 14, 2012

Six Hofstra students and one Hofstra professor were inducted as members of Gamma Theta Upsilon on November 14, 2012, in the lounge of the Department of Global Studies and Geography, 209 Roosevelt. A keynote speech on the importance of Geography was given by Dr. Grant Saff. The induction ceremony was led by Mu Kappa President, Dr. Kari Jensen, and Vice President, Dr. Veronica Lippencott, assisted by Mu Kappa student member Melanie Martha.

The Hofstra student inductees were
Jaclyn Catania
Tara Lynn Cohen
Joshua Ettinger
Jennifer Perniciaro
Charles Picone
Hannah Kate Skahill


The Hofstra professor inductee was:
Grant Saff

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/

2011/12

MU KAPPA INDUCTION CEREMONIES - 2011/12

Department of Global Studies and Geography Initiates a Hofstra Chapter and Inducts Students into International Geographic Honor Society

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, the Global Studies and Geography Department initiated Mu Kappa, the Hofstra University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographic Honor Society. President of Mu Kappa, Dr. Kari Jensen, and Vice President, Dr. Veronica Lippencott, inducted six students and three professors into Gamma Theta Upsilon during a ceremony held at 206 Roosevelt Hall. A keynote speech on the history of the Geography department at Hofstra University was given by Dr. James Wiley.

The Hofstra student inductees were:
Christopher Feneran
Rebecca Galin
William Keating
Melanie Martha
Elizabeth Jane Robson
James Yantis

The Hofstra professor inductees were:
Robert Brinkmann
Jean-Paul Rodrigue
James Wiley

For more information on the Global Studies and Geography Department at Hofstra University, visit  www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/


GTU members at Hofstra University

On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, the Global Studies and Geography Department initiated Mu Kappa, the Hofstra University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographic Honor Society. Starting in May, 2012, new members have been inducted into the chapter annually. The list of current members is found below.

Student members and Faculty inductees(*) of Mu Kappa:

Last First Year Semester
Adams Colin 2015 Spring
Allen Michael Daniel 2019 Spring
Anand Bhavneet 2016 Spring
Anazodo Olukemi Ifenlota 2018 Spring
Anders Elizabeth 2014 Spring
Bashir Humza 2020 Spring
Beck Emilie 2018 Spring
Bernhardt Jase* 2018 Spring
Billard Rachel Amanda 2018 Spring
Boucher Nicole 2019 Spring
Bradley Thomas 2015 Spring
Bricks Caron 2013 Spring
Brinkmann Robert* 2012 Spring
Bryant Larissa Marie 2018 Spring
Burge Daria 2018 Spring
Burka Carol Jane 2017 Spring
Carvan Deeba 2014 Spring
Catania Jaclyn 2012 Fall
Chirinos Paucar Paula Ximena 2018 Spring
Cirafesi Julianna 2018 Spring
Clara Ligia 2018 Spring
Clark Alena Etha Mae 2020 Spring
Clarke Sabrina 2015 Spring
Cohen Tara 2012 Fall
Cybulski Zachary Cole 2018 Spring
Dalton Craig* 2016 Spring
Davino Sage 2016 Spring
Desilva Athraja 2014 Spring
Dossett Kimberly 2018 Spring
Dowd Sarah 2020 Spring
Duhaney Marissa Nicole 2017 Spring
Dunn-Hardy Lora 2014 Spring
Dzurlic Jasmina 2017 Spring
Eager James 2017 Spring
Ecker Justine 2019 Spring
Ederheimer Justin 2014 Spring
Egert Seth 2014 Spring
Elkattan Tarek 2014 Spring
Engel Margaret Collins 2019 Spring
Ettinger Joshua 2012 Fall
Feneran Christopher 2012 Spring
Forgione Douglas 2015 Spring
Gadime Taner 2016 Spring
Galarza Adriana 2018 Spring
Galin Rebecca 2012 Spring
Gallo Gina 2014 Spring
Gallo Kelly 2017 Spring
Gao Tianyue 2019 Spring
Garcia Kyla 2020 Spring
Girma Hewan* 2017 Spring
Gurrola Julia 2019 Spring
Guzman Celene 2017 Spring
Hadeed Sophia Isabella 2019 Spring
Heilig Christopher Richard 2020 Spring
Hicks Adanya Ella 2018 Spring
Hicks Sara Elizabeth 2017 Spring
Holman James 2014 Spring
Isaacs Jon 2016 Spring
Johnson Abraham 2014 Spring
Joseph Mishaina 2014 Spring
Kamboj Mannat Thakur 2017 Spring
Kazantsev Kira 2013 Spring
Kazdal Aliosman Can 2019 Spring
Keating William 2012 Spring
Kelley Emily Bridget 2018 Spring
Kempski Christine 2016 Spring
Khan Nadir 2013 Spring
Kinnaird Robert 2020 Spring
Klush Sarah 2020 Spring
Kobayashi Aika 2016 Spring
Korattyswaroopam Nisha* 2017 Spring
Kumamoto Justin D. 2019 Spring
Langella Jaclyn 2016 Spring
LaRoche Gibson 2016 Spring
Leighton Ryan W. 2019 Spring
Levinson Robert 2018 Spring
Mahoney Lauren E. 2019 Spring
Maiocco Danielle 2014 Spring
Marolda Nicole 2015 Spring
Martha Melanie 2012 Spring
Mayes Connor 2017 Spring
McCoy Malcolm 2016 Spring
Meagher Kate 2020 Spring
Metcalfe Riley 2014 Spring
Mejia Citadel 2015 Spring
Michael-Duncan Sabrina 2020 Spring
Misczuk Catherine 2014 Spring
Modica Claudia Hope 2017 Spring
Montes Antoinette 2020 Spring
Morgan Lauren 2017 Spring
Morrongiello Sandra 2014 Spring
Moskow Jeremy 2016 Spring
Mozawalla Fatimah 2018 Spring
Murphy Bri Ann-Marie 2020 Spring
Murphy Robert 2014 Spring
Nahrevar Alison 2016 Spring
Nazzaro Dante 2020 Spring
Nickel Ciera 2018 Spring
Niedt Christopher* 2013 Spring
Nielsen Thomas Mark Anson 2020 Spring
Normandin Abby 2019 Spring
Oakley-Robbins Clayton 2016 Spring
Paccadolmi Christina Ann 2018 Spring
Pappalardo CapriAnna 2017 Spring
Paquette Lois 2018 Spring
Pasanen Anna Sofia 2020 Spring
Pasha Aleena 2018 Spring
Pasion La Rainne 2016 Spring
Perniciaro Jennifer 2012 Fall
Phipps Alexandra 2016 Spring
Picone Charles 2012 Fall
Platt Kaylee 2013 Spring
Qiu Ying* 2017 Spring
Radeva Aleksandra 2019 Spring
Rafatpanah Julie 2015 Spring
Ram Raymond Lalesh 2019 Spring
Reda Jenna Elizabeth 2020 Spring
Rienzo Angela 2020 Spring
Robson Elizabeth 2012 Spring
Rodrigue Jean-Paul* 2012 Spring
Roscoe Sally Louise 2019 Spring
Rossetti Emma 2018 Spring
Rubenstein Hana 2020 Spring
Rumack Joy 2015 Spring
Saddiqui Alishbah 2018 Spring
Saff Grant* 2012 Fall
Saintis Eleanore 2015 Spring
Sann Alyson 2020 Spring
Scalise Brittany 2014 Spring
Scarpino Rachel 2017 Spring
Schopf Clara 2014 Spring
Shapero Allison 2013 Spring
Shapiro Nathan 2013 Spring
Skahill Hannah 2012 Fall
Skeene Amanda 2018 Spring
Sohnen Samantha 2015 Spring
Spagnuolo Victoria 2016 Spring
Spang Ariana 2014 Spring
Sperduto Gabriella 2013 Spring
Stanco Breanna 2016 Spring
Staples Temperance 2016 Spring
Stock Tyler Christopher 2020 Spring
Swan Carys 2016 Spring
Tabarus Nicholas 2019 Spring
Tamerler Kevin 2013 Spring
Tran Janet 2020 Spring
Trofa Venessa 2014 Spring
Tu Olivia 2019 Spring
Van Fossen John 2017 Spring
Van Patten Lara Noelle 2018 Spring
Vogel Thomas 2015 Spring
Volpe Blaine 2016 Spring
Wiley James* 2012 Spring
Yantis James 2012 Spring
Ye Xiling 2019 Spring
Zhukovsky David 2014 Spring

Officers of Mu Kappa:

Spring 2020:

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
President: Sophia Hadeed
Vice President: Adriana Galarza
Secretary: Ligia Clara
Treasurer: Dr. Kari Jensen
Historian: Margaret Engel
Director of Events: Dr. Craig Dalton

Fall 2019:

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
President: Ligia Clara
Vice President: Adriana Galarza
Secretary: Sophia Hadeed
Treasurer: Emma Rossetti
Historian: Margaret Engel

Director of Events: Dr. Craig Dalton

Media Chair: Alishbah Saddiqui

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The Fall 2019 Executive Committee
(rear: Dr. Craig M. Dalton, Dr. Kari Jensen, front: Margaret Engel, Adriana Galarza, Ligia Clara, Alishbah Saddiqui, Sophia Hadeed, Emma Rossetti)

PAST MU KAPPA OFFICERS

Mu Kappa Officers in the Past

  • Spring 2019

    Spring 2019
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    President: Christina Paccadolmi
    Vice President: Julianna Cirafesi
    Director of Events: Dr. Craig Dalton
    Secretary: Ligia Clara
    Treasurer: Alishbah Saddiqui
    Historian: Lois Paquette

  • Fall 2018

    Fall 2018
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    President: Rachel Scarpino
    Vice President: Christina Paccadolmi
    Director of Events: Dr. Craig Dalton
    Secretary: Julianna Cirafesi
    Treasurer: Alishbah Saddiqui
    Historian: Lois Paquette

  • 2017/2018

    2017/2018
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    President: Dr. Kari Jensen
    Vice President: Dr. Veronica Lippencott
    Director of Events: Dr. Craig Dalton
    Secretary: Rachel Scarpino

  • 2016/2017

    2016/2017
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    President: Dr. Kari Jensen
    Vice President: Dr. Veronica Lippencott
    Director of Events: Dr. Craig Dalton
    Secretary: Sabrina Clarke

  • 2015/2016

    2015/2016
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    President: Dr. Kari Jensen
    Vice President: Dr. Veronica Lippencott
    Secretary: Sabrina Clarke
    Events Manager: Thomas Vogel

  • 2014/2015

    2014/2015
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    Acting Faculty Sponsor, Spring 2015: Dr. Veronica Lippencott
    President: Dr. Kari Jensen
    Acting President, Spring 2015: Dr. Veronica Lippencott
    Vice President: Dr. Veronica Lippencott
    Acting Vice President, Spring 2015: Dr. Grant Saff
    Secretary: Mishaina Joseph

  • 2013/2014

    2013/2014
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    President: Dr. Kari Jensen
    Vice President: Dr. Veronica Lippencott

  • 2012/2013

    2012/2013
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kari Jensen
    President: Dr. Kari Jensen
    Vice President: Dr. Veronica Lippencott



Mu Kappa News

  • Mu Kappa Receives Prestigious Honors Chapter Award for Fifth Year in a Row

    Congratulations to the student and faculty members of Mu Kappa – the Hofstra University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographic honor society – for earning the Honors Chapter Award for 2018/2019! This is the fifth consecutive year that Mu Kappa earned this award. Only five of GTU’s 130+ active chapters achieved the status of Honors Chapter in 2018/19.

    The Honors Chapter award is given for spreading awareness of Geography through recognizing outstanding student scholarship and conducting campus service. This last year Mu Kappa members have helped organize diversity dinners (in cooperation with the student club Get Global), applied for funding from the Cultural Center for the keynote speaker at the yearly induction ceremony (Dr. Mona Domosh from Dartmouth College), sold fair trade organic chocolate, collected and shipped used textbooks to the organization “Books for Africa”, represented the Department of Global Studies and Geography at the Honors College Accepted Students Expo, and presented posters and papers at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Middle States conference in NJ. Student members have played an g role in running the honors chapter this year and were in charge of organizing and conducting the induction ceremony in April. Mu Kappa’s diversity dinners and guest talks have contributed to expanding students’ worldviews and their acknowledgement and enhancement of diversity on Hofstra’s campus.

    The Mu Kappa chapter was initiated at Hofstra University in the spring of 2012 by professor Kari Jensen. Since then, 138 Hofstra students and faculty have been inducted into the chapter.

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  • Mu Kappa Receives Prestigious Honors Chapter Award for Fourth Year in a Row

    Congratulations to the student and faculty members of Mu Kappa – the Hofstra University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographic honor society – for earning the Honors Chapter Award for 2017/2018! This is the fourth consecutive year that Mu Kappa earned this award. Only 8 of GTU’s 130+ active chapters achieved the status of Honors Chapter in 2017/18.

    This year, Mu Kappa was also the winner of Gamma Theta Upsilon's annual Initiation Ceremony Photo Contest, receiving a 36" inflatable beach ball globe, courtesy of the Geographic Educators of Nebraska.

    The Mu Kappa chapter was initiated at Hofstra University in the spring of 2012 by professor Kari Jensen. Since then, 120 Hofstra students and faculty have been inducted into the chapter. Together with Get Global’s diversity dinners, Mu Kappa’s ceremonies and events have contributed to expanding student worldviews and increasing the recognition and enhancement of diversity on our campus. Mu Kappa’s recent award represents just one of many ways that our Geography program has received increasing recognition from the broader geographic community the last few years. Several of our students have presented papers and posters at both the regional and national annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, including students representing our region at the World Geobowl competition held in conjunction with the National Annual Meeting (with an international attendance of around 10,000 people). 

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  • The Global Studies and Geography Department Celebrates Geography Awareness Week 2017

    As part of Hofstra’s Geography Awareness week this year, the Cultural Center and the Department of Global Studies and Geography hosted a lecture given by Rutgers’ Dr. Robin Leichenko about her research on climate change. Titled “Climate Change and Globalization in Coastal Regions: Opportunities and Challenges for Building Resilience”, her lecture highlighted the fact that humans are causing a large portion of climate change through the release of fossil fuels, and that this is causing not only high temperatures, but also rising sea levels and stronger storms. Dr. Leichenko focused specifically on the example of Hurricane Sandy, and its effects on the particularly vulnerable coastline of New Jersey, where both the ocean and nearby rivers caused major flooding several miles inland. She expressed the importance of changing present policies in order to promote greater sustainability and to provide the coast with greater resilience in the event of future storms. Many of the students who attended asked meaningful questions ranging from who would benefit from a carbon tax to strategies of convincing current administrations about the global importance of combatting climate change. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the lecture, and special thanks to Dr. Leichenko for coming to speak to us! 

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    Visit our Flickr page for additional photos from the event.

  • Mu Kappa Receives Prestigious Honors Chapter Award for Third Year in a Row

    Congratulations to the student and faculty members of Mu Kappa – the Hofstra University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographic honor society – for earning the Honors Chapter Award for 2016/2017! This is the third consecutive year that Mu Kappa earned this award. Dr. Michael Longan, President of Gamma Theta Upsilon, wrote the following in his letter to Mu Kappa: “As you know the criteria for Honors Chapter include campus service and a commitment to recognize outstanding student scholarship in geography. Just 3 of GTU’s 130+ active chapters achieved the status of Honors Chapter in 2016/17.”

    The Mu Kappa chapter was initiated at Hofstra University in the spring of 2012 by professor Kari Jensen. Since then, 96 Hofstra students and faculty have been inducted into the chapter. Together with Get Global’s diversity dinners, Mu Kappa’s ceremonies and events have contributed to expanding student worldviews and increasing the recognition and enhancement of diversity on our campus. Mu Kappa’s recent award represents just one of many ways that our Geography program has received increasing recognition from the broader geographic community the last few years. Several of our students have presented papers and posters at both the regional and national annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, including students representing our region at the World Geobowl competition held in conjunction with the National Annual Meeting (with an international attendance of around 10,000 people). 

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  • Mu Kappa Receives Prestigious Honors Chapter Award for Second Year in a Row

    Congratulations to the student and faculty members of Mu Kappa – the Hofstra University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographic honor society – for earning the Honors Chapter Award for 2016! This is the second consecutive year that Mu Kappa earned this award. Dr. Susy S. Ziegler, Second Vice President and Awards Committee Chair of Gamma Theta Upsilon, wrote the following in her letter to Mu Kappa: “Your chapter is commended not only for recognizing the superior scholarship of your geography students, but also for planning activities that celebrate and spread the word about geography to your campus and community. Congratulations!”

    The Mu Kappa chapter was initiated at Hofstra University in the spring of 2012 by professor Kari Jensen. Since then, 72 Hofstra students and faculty have been inducted into the chapter. Together with Get Global’s diversity dinners, Mu Kappa’s ceremonies and events have contributed to expanding student worldviews and increasing the recognition and enhancement of diversity on our campus. Mu Kappa’s recent award represents just one of many ways that our Geography program has received increasing recognition from the broader geographic community the last few years. Several of our students have presented papers and posters at both the regional and national annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, including students representing our region at the World Geobowl competition held in conjunction with the National Annual Meeting (with an international attendance of around 10,000 people). One of our faculty members, Dr. Grant Saff, served on the National Executive Council, and was Treasurer of the American Association of Geographers, and was also the Vice-President of the Middle States Association.

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  • Our Department is pleased to announce that our Geography Honors Society Chapter, Mu Kappa, was awarded the prestigious Honors Chapter Award by Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) for 2015.

    The award citation reads: “On behalf of the Gamma Theta Upsilon Awards Committee I write today to congratulate the Mu Kappa chapter at Hofstra University for earning the Honors Chapter Award for 2015! Your chapter is commended not only for recognizing the superior scholarship of your geography students, but also for planning activities that celebrate and spread the word about geography to your campus and community. Your chapter's service to geography is remarkable. Congratulations! You have earned the right to display an Honors Chapter Badge for 2015 on your GTU website or Facebook page. I have attached an e-badge to this message. A certificate recognizing your Honors Chapter Award will arrive via U.S. mail. With best wishes for another productive year, Dr. Susy S. Ziegler, Second Vice President and Awards Committee Chair, Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society.”

    The Mu Kappa chapter was initiated at Hofstra University in the spring of 2012 by professor Kari Jensen. Since then, 52 Hofstra students have been inducted into the chapter. Together with Get Global’s diversity dinners, Mu Kappa’s ceremonies and events have contributed to expanding student worldviews and increasing the recognition and enhancement of diversity on our campus. Mu Kappa’s recent award represents just one of many ways that our Geography program has received increasing recognition from the broader geographic community the last few years. Several of our students have presented papers and posters at both the regional and national annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers, and for the first time we have had students representing the region at the World Geobowl competition held in conjunction with the National Annual Meeting (with an international attendance of around 10,000 people). One of our faculty members, Dr. Grant Saff, served on the National Executive Council, and was Treasurer of the Association of American Geographers, and was also the Vice-President of the Middle States Association.

    Mu Kappa’s President, Dr. Kari Jensen would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Veronica Lippencott, who served as acting President of Mu Kappa in the spring of 2015 while Dr. Jensen was on research leave in Bangladesh, and to Dr. Enid Lotstein for taking the lead in organizing events for the Geography Awareness week in the fall of 2014.

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