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The following Basking Ridge residents: Samantha Cerqueira; Katherine Falzon, and Conor Mooney were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, at Fordham University. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

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Katherine Melilli of Basking Ridge of Basking Ridge was among 55 University of Scranton students who participated in six domestic service trips, organized by Campus Ministries' Center for Service and Social Justice, over spring break. Melilli, a sophomore early and primary education major in the University's College of Professional Studies, volunteered at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Brianna Stein of Basking Ridge was among the 77 University of Scranton students inducted into Omega Beta Sigma, the women's business honor society. Induction is open to students who major or minor in business, have at least sophomore academic standing, and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. The University's honor society was established in 1982. Stein was among the 23 University of Scranton students who studied abroad during the Fall 2017 semester. Stein, a undeclared major at Scranton, studied in Spain and Rome.

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Tim Miscia and Ken Chwatek, who attend The Rochester Institute of Technology made the Dean's List for the fall semester: Miscia is in the civil engineering technology program and Chwatek is in the film and animation program. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of "Incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

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Tze Hsuen Kuo earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for Fall 2017 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

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The following Basking Ridge students have been named to the Dean's List at Clemson University for the fall 2017 semester: Paige B. Anderson, whose major is Packaging Science; Maeve Elizabeth Egan, whose major is Animal and Veterinary Sciences; Hunter J. Esposito, whose major is Pre-Business; Cara E. Grippo, whose major is Food Science and Human Nutrition; Alexandra Rose Lis, whose major is Pre-Business; Samantha Marie Nardi, whose major is Special Education, and Grace Hannah Stewart, whose major is Pre-Business. To be named to the Dean's List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

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The following Basking Ridge residents have been named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List at Seton Hall University: Danielle Del Duca; Elizabeth Dennis; Sara Eslami; Rajan Gupta; Cliff Nash; Alexandria Paladino; Stephanie Somar; Annika Springsteel; Vinay Trambadia; Nicholas Voultepsis; Ariana Voultepsis, and Samuel Weber.

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Michael Minsch, a physics major and a member of the Colgate University Class of 2020, has earned the fall 2017 Dean's Award with Distinction. Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three courses during the fall 2017 semester earn the Dean's Award with Distinction.

Julia Lindsey, an economics major, and member of the Colgate  University Class of 2021, has earned the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses earn the fall 2017 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence.

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