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Angela Saragusa

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Student Life & Activities

Meetings are currently the first Tuesday of the month during College Hour and the third Thursday of the month at 7pm on Zoom. Please contact the club for specific dates and link.

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of Alpha Pi Theta is to recognize and encourage academic excellence, leadership, and service among Brookdale Community College students. In working toward this goal, the chapter will provide opportunities for the following: an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas, an environment which encourages an interest in contributing academic excellence, the development of leadership skills, service to the college and the community, and a lively fellowship for scholars.

Club Constitution

Phi Theta Kappa History

Established in 1918 at Stevens College in Missouri by Missouri’s two-year college presidents, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through Honors, Leadership, and Service programming. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

In our 105-year history, our mission has remained the same: recognizing scholars and preparing them for successful futures. Through Honors in Action, a program designed to foster a stimulating environment for intellectual growth and challenge, Phi Theta Kappa creates opportunities for leadership and learning as leaders through service and advocacy.

Today, we are the largest honors society in American higher education with 3.5 million members and over 1300 chapters located in all 50 states, US territories, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, Canada and Germany.

The Alpha Pi Theta Chapter at Brookdale was chartered in 1989 and is currently recognized as a Five Star Distinguished Chapter by the Middle States Region! We are excited to work with our members to develop critical skills such as leadership, problem solving, and communications; to aid members in seeking scholarships; and to provide opportunities to participate in community service.

Contact us at ptk@my.brookdalecc.edu with questions!

Membership Eligibility

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa, based on academic achievement, is a permanent recognition of your hard work that will be recognized by colleges, universities, and potential employers. 

  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 college-level (100-level or higher) credits at Brookdale
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative 3.7 GPA and maintain a 3.35 GPA once inducted
  • Membership enrollment is open in the Spring and Fall semesters
  • Scholarships are available to students for associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees
  • Members have access to $246 million in transfer scholarships offered by over 800 four-year colleges and universities across the country and around the world.
  • Members have the opportunity to engage in leadership development and service activities that can significantly enhance their chances of securing scholarships, both within and outside of PTK.
  • Spring 2024 Open Scholarship Applications:

https://www.finchcollege.org/scholarships The Finch College Alumni Foundation Trust Transferring Scholarship for community college women over age 22 closes May 1

Career and Personal Training
  • No matter your ultimate goal, PTK Edge™ gives you the edge you need to get ahead. These courses are free, online, self-paced, and offered exclusively to Phi Theta Kappa members.
    • Competitive Edge is all about professional development. It focuses on soft skills and career planning.
    • Employment Edge is designed to help you successfully enter the workforce.
    • Transfer Edge will prepare you to successfully transfer to a four-year college.
    • Research Edge teaches the principles of conducting scholarly research while introducing you to Honors in Action, PTK’s honors program.
    • Healthcare Edge prepares you to successfully transition from your academic program to a career in the healthcare field.
    • Leadership Development Studies. Through the study of great leaders portrayed in the humanities by writers, historians, TED Talk presenters, podcasters, and film-makers, students learn the passion, engagement, skill and philosophies of diverse leaders. The program facilitates the development of the student’s personal leadership philosophy through personal reflection
    • Request personalized letters of recommendation for job applications.
Transfer Success
  • PTK Connect.  Explore our specialized search tool designed to help you discover transfer-friendly four-year colleges and universities. Uncover the scholarships available to community college students, including exclusive opportunities reserved for PTK members. 
  • Say goodbye to the complexities of transferring with our Transfer Edge online course, where you can receive expert guidance from admissions professionals.
Service to the Community

Our Chapter is very involved on campus and in the community. Below is a sample of the organizations we have worked with over the years:

  • Coastal Habitat for Humanity
  • Oasis TLC
  • Clara’s Closet
  • Lunch Break
  • JBJ Soul Kitchen
  • March of Dimes
  • Campus Clean-Ups
  • Beach Sweeps
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Relay for Life
Recognition, Discounts and Offers
  • Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
  • Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate
  • Recognition during chapter induction ceremony
  • Phi Theta Kappa Members may wear the Phi Theta Kappa gold stole and honor cords at Commencement
  • Official Phi Theta Kappa seal placed on your college diploma
  • Notation of membership on your college transcript
  • Press release announcing your academic achievement
  • Members may also find discounts for Dell and Lenovo, Enterprise and National car rentals, GlobalFit, Hurst Review Services, BetterHelp and 
  • StudyBuddy.Live
2023-2024 Chapter Officer Team

Applications for the 24-25 Chapter Officer Team are now open at <tinyurl.com/Officer-App-PTK>


  • Vice President of Leadership – Kie Antone 
  • Vice President of Scholarship – Eden Pela 
  • Vice President of Service – Gianella Rios 
  • Vice President of Member Communications – Ashleigh Kennedy 
  • Vice President of Wellness – Samuel Tsai 
  • Vice President of Finance -Dylan Hegart
  • Vice President of Special Events – Morena Traditi
  • Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Josefina Mack 
  • Prof. Angela Saragusa, Advisor 
All USA New Jersey Academic Team Scholarship Recipients

The All-USA Academic Team recognizes high achieving college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.  Application for the program is by college nomination only.  Brookdale’s Nominees appear below:


2024 Sarah Cohen
Amarachi David
Eden Pela
2023 Belinda Asamoah
Samuel Cook
Sara Hosbach
2022 Cathleen Kane
Daniella Mannarino
2021 Heather O’Donnell
Elisa Masiero
Cecilia Alcantar
2020 Veronique Manfredini
Victoria Santos
2019 Lauren Deinhardt
Erica Mittenzwei
2018 Victoria Cattelona
Karyssa D’Agostino
2017 Kelsey Giggenbach
Varsha Medidi
2016 Mona Patel
Sameerah Wahab
2015 Brian Nowak
Nicholas Sakowski
2014 Ambar Feliz
Delila Reed
2013 Zachary Eisenberg
Courtney Griffin
2012 Alexis Marie Caufield
Joseph DiPrima
2011 Alec Moran
Colleen Roberts
2010 John Eagan
Cassandra Fenkel
2008 Destinie Brannigan
Stephanie Cottino
2007 Lauren Stopa
Kaitlin Tonti
2006 Christopher Sita
Robert Barocas
2005 Mary Ascough
2004 Maria McDede
Uma Vodoor
2003 Jennifer Christensen
Kirsten Kristensen
2002 Meredith Verona
Linda Jeffery
2001 Jena Lynn Carpenter
Matthew Picerno
2000 Adrianna Fedun
Penny Kennedy
1999 Lauren Johnson
Nancy Russo
1998 Elizabeth Marino
1997 Colin Casey
Sheila Collins
1996 Candace Cooper
Kelli Sanders
1995 Michael Castoral
Anna Downing
1993 Susan Buckley
David Parry
1991 Denise Friedman
1990 Elva Josephson