this month, three SUNY Erie Community College students—Shamara Mackey Holmes,
Ibtisam Omar and Austin Wheeler—were honored with awards from the Phi Theta
Kappa Community College Honor Society, distributed to students and SUNY Erie
representatives on March 6 at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY.
Phi Theta Kappa awards are sponsored by the New York Community College
Association of Presidents, and recognize outstanding community college students
throughout the state. Among this year’s list of 82 honorees are former and
current SUNY Erie students Holmes, Omar and Wheeler.
Mackey Holmes was a Liberal Arts: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) major with a
3.75 GPA—as well as a student orientation leader and member of the College’s
Honors Program—when she recently graduated from SUNY Erie. She is now attending
SUNY Buffalo State, pursuing a B.S. in Exceptional Education. Ibtisam Omar is a
57-year-old non-traditional student who’s appeared on SUNY Erie’s Dean’s List
four times, and plans to enroll at SUNY Buffalo State to pursue a career in
social work. Sophomore Austin Wheeler (3.7 GPA) is a Liberal Arts: General
Studies student who remains active outside the classroom as an events
coordinator with SUNY Erie’s Student Government Association and outfielder with
the College’s baseball team. After graduation, he plans to pursue studies in
higher education administration while continuing to play ball.
Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship
among two-year college students, and provides opportunities for individual
growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and
fellowship programming. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the
award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement,
and are named members of the All-New York Community College Academic Team.
1946, SUNY Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body
while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of
the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides innovative,
affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic
environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, SUNY Erie’s
faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through
skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.