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Will Cavedon '16 is formally inducted in PC's NSCS chapter.

More than 100 students join National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Providence College’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)  welcomed 102 new members in an induction ceremony that recognized distinguished members and featured keynote remarks by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Family and friends watched in Slavin Center ’64 Hall as this year’s inductees joined the PC chapter.

The NSCS is an honors society that recognizes academic achievement and provides leadership and service opportunities to students on more than 300 campuses in the United States. NSCS chapters invite first- and second-year students who have a GPA of 3.4 or higher and fall within the top 20% of the class. Founded in 1994, the organization incorporates more than 1 million members.

PC’s chapter, which has nearly 250 members in total, is headed by its president, Christine Hartwich ’14 (West Hartford, Conn.), and its campus advisor, Rev. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., assistant professor of theology, vice president for mission and ministry, and director of the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.

In addition to the student inductees, the ceremony recognized Althea Graves, community instructor in public and community service studies; Stacey Moulton, associate director of career education; Dr. Ann G. Kelley, professor of accountancy; and Dr. Eve Veliz, assistant professor of sociology, as distinguished chapter members.

During the induction, students recited a pledge that incorporated the NSCS’s three major values — scholarship, leadership, and service. The ceremony focused on the third principle and described the importance of students being active not only in school, but in the community.

“We really want to get involved this year with events and organizations like March for College, PACE program, Generation Citizen, and Teach for America,” Hartwich said. “We also want to team up with other organizations on campus like philosophy club, sociology club, education club, and career services to co-sponsor events.”

Hartwich’s aspirations for the upcoming year reflect the focus on service expressed by Taveras, recognized as a distinguished member of the chapter, in his keynote address.

Taveras was raised in Providence, R.I., and attended Providence public schools before moving on to Harvard University and law school at Georgetown University. Taveras said he has never forgotten where he came from.

“I ran for mayor in 2010 because I wanted to make a difference and help,” he said. “I really wanted to give back to the community.”

Taveras reflected the NSCS’s values of scholarship, leadership, and service in his belief in education’s importance and his encouragement of PC students to always be engaged with the community.

“I am here today because you, as our youth, have the ability to change this city, state, and country,” Taveras said. “And we need it now more than ever. We need more young people to be involved.”

— Nick Tavares ’16

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