USF Chapter Holds National Biological Honor Society Induction

May 8, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis’ (USF) chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta), the National Biological Honor Society, held an induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, to welcome 17 new members. The ceremony took place in the university’s new LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Science Hall.

Gamma Kappa, the university’s chapter of TriBeta (each university is given a chapter name) welcomed the following new members:

Alejandra Alonso-Hernandez (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), Giulia Cirrincione (Italy), Alex Cooper (Marysville, Wash.), Jillian Crema (Chicago, Ill.), Bobbi Cummings (Wilmington, Ill.), Olivia Hollander (Lakewood, Ill.), Leon Laskowski (Germany), Anthony Marino (Plainfield, Ill.), Hanah Mastandrea (Joliet, Ill.), Melissa Meline (Joliet, Ill.), Denise Milewski (Plainfield, Ill.), Miryam Perez (Joliet, Ill.), Eliya Prieboy (Shorewood, Ill.), Franco Rota (Joliet, Ill.), Natalie Rozwadowski (Romeoville, Ill.), Emily Siegler (Shorewood, Ill.) and Marilynn Tape (Romeoville, Ill.).

The chapter’s officers for the 2019-2020 school year include Camille Papelera, president (Park Ridge, Ill.); Antonio Jameson, vice-president (Bolingbrook, Ill.); James Considine, secretary (Chicago, Ill.); and Patricia Stritzel, historian (Chicago, Ill.). USF department chair of natural and health science Jacqueline Wittke-Thompson, Ph.D., is the chapter’s faculty sponsor, and the chapter’s faculty members include Wittke-Thompson; Patti Pascoe, MS; Frank Pascoe, D.A.; Ben Whitlock, Ph.D.; William Bromer, Ph.D.; and  Eric Essick, Ph.D.

In order to qualify for induction consideration, students must be a biology major with junior/senior standing, must maintain a biology grade-point-average of at least 3.0, and must have completed at least three biology courses at USF.

According to the organization’s website,, Beta Beta Beta is an honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 626 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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