President Diane B. Call recognizes Dr. Paris Svoronos for 10 years of service to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Published: October 09, 2013

Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence honored Dr. Paris Svoronos for 10 years of distinguished service as adviser of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Lambda Sigma Chapter at Queensborough Community College.

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Svoronos, who specializes in organic chemistry. “Phi Theta Kappa serves the community college mission, a calling I’m passionate about.”

Drs. Svoronos and Call

Queensborough’s President Dr. Diane B. Call presented Dr. Svoronos with his award (right)  at a ceremony last month. “Dr. Svoronos instills in his students a lifelong love of learning,” praised Dr. Call. “We are extremely proud of him.”

Dr. Svoronos’s students are remarkably accomplished. Under his tutelage, QCC alumna Sadiah Anwar became the first community college student to present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of the American Chemical Society in 47 years, a feat now common for Dr. Svoronos’s students. Many of Dr. Svoronos’s students go on to pursue masters and doctorate degrees with some following in Dr. Svoronos’s footsteps, accepting faculty positions in higher education.

Dr. Svoronos received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Georgetown University in 1979. He has been selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” numerous times as well as selected as Outstanding Community College Professor of the Year by the CASE/Carnegie Endowment Foundation.

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to encourage scholarship among two-year college students. The society operates on four hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. As a member of the organization, students have opportunities to participate in college-sponsored activities as well as events with other PTK students, graduates, and faculty.

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