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Siena education majors begin a new chapter

According to Voetterl, 31 students met those criteria in time to be inducted to Siena's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Also inducted Dec. 3 was notable alum Arthur Walker, who had formalized and directed the field experience program for the major at Siena College; Elizabeth Day, a Mechanicville teacher and first Siena alumna to win the New York State Teacher of the Year award; Ken Paulli, former education department chair and executive assistant to the president; Ralph DiMarino, former principal at Maple High School and teacher; and Cheryl Gowie, professor of education.

"The concept exists to honor excellent students, and in education," said Voetterl. " It really is sort of excellence in the profession, and it's a way to differentiate folks that are doing good."

Voetterl said the honor society can bring a lot of resources to the students who are a part of it, including networking with other teachers, scholarships for higher education and grants for their classroom.

For Flood, being part of the honor society can also bring valuable community experiences to inductees.

One experience the inductees are working on is a book donation for a teen library at the Double H Ranch, an Adirondack camp for children with cancer and other blood disorders.

Flood was inducted along with her classmates on Dec. 3, although she will not be serving as the chapter president, even though she helped found the chapter.

"I'm graduating this May, so we wanted someone who was going to be here to carry it on," she said.

Sophomore Allison Collins will be the active president.

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