Pennsylvania Community College Students Recognized by National Honor Society for Academic, Civil Achievements

From Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges together with Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society, named 47 community college students from across the commonwealth to the 2012 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. 

The students, representing each community college in the state, were honored for their academic achievements in the classroom and for their volunteerism in their communities. In order to be named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, students must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.

“The students being recognized today represent the diversity of community colleges,” said Diane Bosak, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, the nonprofit entity that represents the legislative interests of the state’s 14 community colleges.  “Many of the students being honored today are balancing their school work with family responsibilities and jobs but still find time to volunteer and make their communities a better place.  This recognition is a testament to these students’ commitment to their communities and to their education.”

She added that the majority of students honored will pursue a baccalaureate degree at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

The All-Pennsylvania Academic Team awards program, building from the National All-USA Academic Team for two-year colleges, recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.  For 18 years, The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has joined Phi Theta Kappa to honor students who have been nominated by their colleges to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team.

Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges serve students from every county of the state.  The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a volunteer membership association for Pennsylvania’s community colleges. Its members include the college presidents, members of colleges’ boards of trustees and key college administrators.  The Commission represents the interests and advocates the collective needs of the community colleges to federal and state policymakers.  For more information please visit

The College is pleased to announce the two CCBC students who are designated as members of the All-PA Academic Team:

Marissa Galupi, a humanities major from Aliquippa, PA, hopes to one day be a novelist and English professor. Upon graduation from the College, Marissa plans to transfer to Clarion University of Pennsylvania to pursue her Master’s Degree. Marissa is an active member of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and has helped to organize several events for Breast Cancer Awareness and autism. She has been named to the President’s List and is an office of the Creative Writers Club.

Joseph Ligato, a social science major from Crescent, PA, plans to transfer to Slippery Rock University after graduating from the College. He hopes to one day obtain his Doctorate degree in Psychology and work as a therapist or psychology teacher. While at the College, he has been on the President’s List, served as President of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and is currently the President of CCBC’s Student Government Association.