COLLEGIANS: June 13, 2021 | Things to do


Elijah Podell of Rosendale graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta, with an associate’s degree in science.

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Two area residents – Antonia Brewer of Ulster Park, student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; and Brooke Martinez de Gardiner, a student at Russell Sage College, with campuses in Troy and Albany – were inducted into their college chapters of Phi Kappa Phi, the country’s oldest collegiate society.

About 30,000 students, teachers, professional staff and alumni are introduced to Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires a Chapter nomination and approval. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Students graduating in the top 10% of the number of applicants for graduate degrees may also be eligible, as may professors, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

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Lilith Haig de Saugerties, a student at Union College in Schenectady, was honored during the College’s Awards Day celebration

Awards Day honors students for their achievements in academia, research, service and governance. Haig, a member of the Class of 2021, received the William B. Jaffe (1926) Art Award. The award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an art student, marked by excellence in the study of art history, an independent scholarship and an interest in the work of the department.

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Two students from Columbia-Greene Community College in Greenport – Meredith Cavanagh from Catskill and Emily Kratz from Coxsackie – have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team.

The honor recognizes outstanding community college students who demonstrate “academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extend their education beyond the classroom for the benefit of society,” according to Phi Theta Kappa’s website.

Cavanagh is the founder of the college’s meditation and wellness club. She also organized a committee to start a community garden and looked after it throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. His efforts have ensured that local pantries receive a weekly delivery of tomatoes, squash and other fresh vegetables to help those in need. Cavanagh graduated with an associate’s degree in nursing in May. She will continue her studies at SUNY Delhi, where she intends to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Kratz, who also received the 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, served as the college’s student administrator. She was named to the Honored President’s List and is a member of the National Beta Club. Kratz is also a peer tutor at the Academic Support Center and a Student Assistant at the Counseling Office.

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