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PR # 231 April 17, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College students Elizabeth Christenson of Somerset and Samantha Rothlein of Stockton are among New Jersey?s 33 best and brightest community college students who will be honored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in May.

The students, members of the 2008 New Jersey All-State Academic Team, will be honored at the Council?s 14th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lafayette Yard Marriott Hotel, Trenton.

?Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this luncheon program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by PTK, the international honor society for community colleges,? said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. ?These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of PTK at their local community colleges.?

As part of the celebration, the All-State Academic Team members will visit the Statehouse to meet with legislative leaders and representatives from Governor Jon S. Corzine?s administration.

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration is sponsored by PSE&G. Twenty of New Jersey?s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 90 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey?s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

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 90 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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