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Riverland inducts honor society students
Contact: James Douglass, Director of Communications, Riverland Community College: (507) 433-0611,

Riverland Community College welcomed 98 students into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Zeta Eta Chapter, this past academic year.

To be eligible for membership, a first-semester freshman must be a full-time student and have earned a 3.25 or higher grade point average. To remain in good standing students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizes excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold: (1) recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. Today, Phi Theta Kappa has more than 800 chapters throughout the United States. The Riverland Community College chapter, Zeta Eta, was founded in 1947.

The following students were inducted. Riverland congratulates these individuals for their achievements.

From Adams: Ruth Dehoogh

From Albert Lea: Heidi Czaplewski, Lori Jimenez, Bobbie Lamaack, Danielle McClellan, Amie Petersen, Heidi Roche, Rune Roskov, Grant Vanryswyk, Jason Weitzel, Karen Woodford, Megan Wullschleger

From Amboy: Stephanie Krosch

From Austin: Egnonvi Afanou, Felipe Checa, Jamie Churchill, Michael Daum, Jeff Eng, Karissa Fawver, Spencer Green, Megan Hyland, Elizabeth Johnson, Amber Kraft, Jill Kvam, Kristin Lee, Amanda Maas, Martha Momanyi, Ryan Norton, Krista Olson, Juanita Padron, Mariesa Rossow, Shota Sato, Jamie Vanoosbree, Mark Wachlin, Holly Waltz

From Blooming Prairie, Jelaine Gwilt, Robert Johnson, Kelly Pogones, Amy Thorson, Adam Trotman, Joddy Wildeman

From Buffalo Center: Kristilyn Hunter

From Clarks Grove: Michael Kelly, Megan Peterson

From Dell Rapids: Kara Nelson

From Ellendale: Lance Madson

From Faribault: Rachael Cates Parkanyi, Oscar Gomez

From Glencoe: Chelsey Vorlicek

From Glenville: Kyle Belshan, Derek Nelson

From Grand Meadow: Donna Fenton, Brenda Johnson

From Hartland: Adam Dahlen

From Hollandale: Adam Godeke, Kelly King

From Lake Crystal: Tyler Brand

From LeRoy: Evan Marx

From Lyle: Melanie Aanonson, Galen Thompson

From Mankato: Robert Campbell, Kyle Redlin

From Mapleton: Travis Denn

From Medford: Craig Helgeson, Timothy Summer

From Motely: Machele Michels

From New Richland: Tyler Chester, Kathy Diel, Sarah Starman

From Northfield: Claudia Roman-Jimenez

From Osage: Nicole Ruehlow

From Owatonna: Rebecca Anderson, Meredith Brose, Chelsea Burns, Ryan Glassmaker, Jason Hale, Richard Haville, Trisha Kock, Eric Machacek, Ryan Olson, Sandra Sanchez, Michael Sheppard, Karen Thompson, Amy Tuerk, Stacy Viskocil, Lindsay Wohlenhaus, Gail Zollner

From Racine: Carol Buhr

From St. Ansgar: Daniel Renwick

From Sherburn: Benjamin Jensen

From Stewartville: Brenda Rone

From Walters: Daniel Thiner

From Waltham: Ronda Rohl

From Waseca: Patricia Ryan

From Wells: Misty Chavez, Tonya Dallman

From Winnebago: Andrew Yackley

From Young America: Robb Dent

Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is a regional comprehensive community college inspiring learning for living through a personalized educational environment. Approximately 4,000 students are served, annually, through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities. An additional 4,800 students are annually served in non-credit courses. Facilities are located in Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna, Minn. Riverland may be found on the Internet at

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.