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Jennifer Greco is Elected Middle States Region President
of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Greco PTK President Victory Article

Posted April 19, 2018
Jennifer Greco is the first PCCC student to hold a regional office Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Newly elected President of PTK Middle States Region Jennifer Greco (wearing medallion); (far left), Phoebe Perkins, former Delaware State President; Kimberly Steed, PCCC student and campaign team member; (far right) Jennifer Gasparino, PCCC PTK faculty advisor. Members of Jennifer’s PCCC campaign team prep for the March 16 one-day campaign at the Middle States Region Convention in Galloway, NJ 			 Jennifer and members of her campaign team (wearing Jennifer t-shirts) at her Convention campaign table. From left: Tarji Cummings, campaign manager; Tabitha Bloodsaw, alumna; Jennifer Greco; Jennifer Gasparino, PCCC’s PTK faculty advisor; Kimberly Steed, PCCC student. The 2018-2019 Middle States Regional Office Team (from left to right) James Elliot, Delaware State President; Syully Koroh Horning, Washington, DC/Maryland State President; Caroline Sabsoul, New Jersey State President; Sahara Muhina, Pennsylvania State President; and Jennifer Greco, Middle States Regional President Jennifer Greco is the first PCCC student to hold a regional office Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

In a major achievement for PCCC, Jennifer Greco was recently elected Middle States Region President of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. This represents the highest PTK position ever attained to date by a PCCC student.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected as the 2018-2019 Middle States Region President,” said Jennifer in her victory speech.  “More importantly than my own success, I am proud that I have been able to break ground for future leaders to emerge from Passaic County Community College on a larger platform.” 

Following a three-month campaign prep period, Jennifer was elected March 17 during the Middle States Regional 2018 Convention held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey.  
She was one of three candidates for the post of president of PTK’s Middle States Region which encompasses New Jersey, Delaware, District of Columbia/Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Jennifer also won the Best Speech Award, a $500 scholarship, for her impassioned campaign speech about the evolution of the American Dream. (Watch Jennifer’s speech here).

Her campaign theme, “Surpass your aspirations, to become the inspiration,” derives from her personal experience. “When the inspiration we receive from others motivates us to aspire to and achieve our goals,” said Jennifer, “then we become the inspiration to others and can encourage their aspirations.”

In her campaign brochure, produced by the PCCC Marketing and Communications Department, Jennifer vividly illustrates that theme with photos of those who inspire her – from PCCC professors to a sports commentator, poet, family court judge, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and reasons why each made an impact on her.  (See the brochure here)

As Middle States president, Jennifer plans to help chapters unite and work together toward common goals. “I want to be a voice that will bridge the gap between our 80 individual chapters and the Region,” she said. Her other goals in her new role include increasing active membership, helping to develop college completion initiatives, and expanding the professional development platform “which assures future success to us all.”

 Jennifer has been a student at PCCC since Fall 2016. She was inducted into Alpha Eta Chi, the PCCC chapter of PTK in April 2016 and served as Vice President of Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year, as well as chairperson and ambassador for various College and community projects.

“Joining Phi Theta Kappa truly changed my life,” said Jennifer. “My self-esteem and confidence have risen, and I have developed leadership and critical-thinking skills that I want to pass on to the members in the region.”
A criminal justice major who maintains a 3.8 GPA, Jennifer plans to enter law school one day and aspires to a career as a criminal court judge and, eventually college professor.

As a result of her election, Jennifer has been invited to speak at Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremonies for other colleges. She recently returned from Kansas City, Missouri where she represented our nation’s capital at Catalyst 2018, the International PTK Convention.

“Thank you to everyone who believed in me and showed their unwavering support,” said Jennifer. “I am forever grateful for all of you and I promise to make PCCC proud!” 

What This Victory Means to Them

Jennifer Gasparino
PTK Faculty Advisor at PCCC

“Jennifer’s being elected as the Middle States Regional President is an amazing accomplishment for her, for the Chapter, and the College, and I am beyond proud!  This win brings our Chapter to the next level!”
(Read Professor Gasparino’s  full statement)

Tarji Cummings
Campaign Manager

“I am grateful for the confidence that both Jennifer and Professor Gasparino invested in me as I led a team of brilliant and inspiring peers to pursue not just a title but a moment so much bigger than all of us; one that will be remembered for a long time to come.” 
(Read Tarji’s full statement)
Congratulations to Jennifer and Her Campaign Team

Campaign Manager
Tarji Cummings

Campaign Team br>
Administrator: Dean Greg Fallon
Faculty: Professor Jennifer Gasparino
Current Students:
Alex Medina Sosa
Robert Daniel
Valeri Al-Touma
Kimberly Steed

Miguel DeJesus
Ryan Puebla
Tabitha-Anne Bloodsaw

Campaign Speech Advisors
Professor James Sanders and Professor Alexandra Della Fera

PCCC Marketing and Communications
Todd Sorber, Vice President
Meredith Behrens, Page Saunders, Linda Telesco
Campaign brochure, posters, and publicity