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Cedar Crest College Students Author Children's Book


ALLENTOWN, PA (04/27/2021)-- A group of students, under the supervision and support of Dr. Ivonne Miranda, assistant professor of education, and Jill Odegaard, professor of art and department chair, are the authors and illustrators of a personal narrative children's book. The writing and illustrations capture the diversity of experiences that exists among students. These books will be donated to a collaborating school and used as mentor texts by teachers and students. The students are listed below:

Alyssa Garrett of Pennsauken, NJ

Olivia Roberts of Williamstown, NJ

Breena Stalter of Cherry Hill, NJ

Located in Allentown, Pa., Cedar Crest College has been named eleven years in a row among the top colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report's Best College Rankings and as a "Top Performer on Social Mobility" from 2020- 2021. In 2020, the College was recognized as #5 among Washington Monthly's national "Master's University Ranking" and #17 "Best Bang for Your Buck: Northeast." In addition, the College was ranked nationally in the Council of Independent Colleges for educating women completing STEM bachelor's degrees who go on to earn PhDs and from 2017-2020 as a top 25 school for non-traditional students by Best College Reviews. Founded in 1867, Cedar Crest currently enrolls approximately 1,500 students-full-time, part-time and graduate-in more than 50 fields of study.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Inducts New Members

BATON ROUGE, LA (04/27/2021)-- The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Colby Saunders of Mount Laurel (08054) at North Carolina A&T State University

Gabriela Musumeci of Pedricktown (08067) at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Kurp of Shamong (08088) at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

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.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $1 million to outstanding students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit