Information technology honor society chartered at GGC

Georgia Gwinnett College’s School of Science and Technology recently celebrated the acceptance of 12 information technology students and five faculty members into the college’s newly established chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).

Georgia Gwinnett College’s School of Science and Technology recently celebrated the acceptance of 12 information technology students and five faculty members into the college’s newly established chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).

This is the first induction ceremony for the GGC chapter of UPE, the international honor society that recognizes academic excellence in the computing and information disciplines. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Ali Orooji, a member of UPE’s national executive council. Orooji gave official sanction to the new charter, declaring it as the Kappa Chapter of Georgia.

“You are all members of the same chapter and have indicated through your petition to our international society that it is your desire to work together, as one body, for the purpose of furthering the computing and information professions and promoting the aims and ideals of Upsilon Pi Epsilon,” Orooji said.

Acceptance into UPE is contingent upon academic excellence, said David Kerven, associate professor of information technology and faculty advisor for the GGC Chapter. Candidates must maintain a 3.3 grade point average in their information technology courses and a 3.0 overall. Kerven was inducted into UPE in 1989, while a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Thomas Mundie, dean of the School of Science and Technology, commended the new UPE members for their hard work in the classroom and predicted future success in their careers.

“In the 21st century, information technology and computer science are very important disciplines. Much of what drives our economic engine is found in these disciplines, so you will find all sorts of opportunities,” he said to the inductees.

Student inductees include Stephen Antoine - president, José Armendariz - vice president, Kiran Chaudhari, Derek Donaldson - treasurer, Daniel Fernandez, Kimberly Heagy, Cynthia Lynne Klemm, Kenneth T. Klemm, Matthew Saleeby, Sara Tuohy, Michael Zinn and Abraham John. Faculty inductees included Drs. Kairui Chen, Anatoly Kurkovsky, Peter Meso, Lissa Pollacia and Joycelyn Streator.

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