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PR # 225 May 24, 2007


Mary Sullivan of Warren Township, director of Student Life and Civic Engagement at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch, has received the 2007 Administrator Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College.

The Administrator Award of Distinction recognizes community college vice presidents, deans or leaders serving a community college in an administrative capacity. Recipients are honored for their participation in promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa through their support of their campus chapters and their Phi Theta Kappa regions.

Sullivan supports the chapter by encouraging funding for chapter advisors and members to attend Phi Theta Kappa meetings and programs. She suggests the nomination of students for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program, the All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Two-Year Scholarship Program. She speaks at the chapter?s induction ceremony and has assisted in designating scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members while at community college.

?We are pleased to recognize Ms. Mary Sullivan for her outstanding support of Phi Theta Kappa. Her efforts on behalf of the Raritan Valley Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and of our regional and international programs, have provided opportunities for excellence for numerous students and faculty members,? said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Rod Risley. ?The Administrator Award of Distinction acknowledges these individuals who exemplify the very best in college administrators who are student-focused.?

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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