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Mu Kappa Receives Prestigious Honors Chapter Award for Third Year in a Row

Congratulations to the student and faculty members of Mu Kappa – the Hofstra University chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographic honor society – for earning the Honors Chapter Award for 2016/2017! This is the third consecutive year that Mu Kappa earned this award. Dr. Michael Longan, President of Gamma Theta Upsilon, wrote the following in his letter to Mu Kappa: “As you know the criteria for Honors Chapter include campus service and a commitment to recognize outstanding student scholarship in geography. Just 3 of GTU’s 130+ active chapters achieved the status of Honors Chapter in 2016/17.”

The Mu Kappa chapter was initiated at Hofstra University in the spring of 2012 by professor Kari Jensen. Since then, 96 Hofstra students and faculty have been inducted into the chapter. Together with Get Global’s diversity dinners, Mu Kappa’s ceremonies and events have contributed to expanding student worldviews and increasing the recognition and enhancement of diversity on our campus. Mu Kappa’s recent award represents just one of many ways that our Geography program has received increasing recognition from the broader geographic community the last few years. Several of our students have presented papers and posters at both the regional and national annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, including students representing our region at the World Geobowl competition held in conjunction with the National Annual Meeting (with an international attendance of around 10,000 people).