February 8, 2019

Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society welcomes 16 undergrads.

Centenary University has established its first chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society, inducting 16 of the University’s brightest and most talented theatre arts students. This organization has been committed to promoting excellence in theatrical production, academic work, and community service for almost a century.

Students who have completed two semesters at Centenary and actively participated in theatre activities were nominated. The 16 students in the chapter’s inaugural class pledged to contribute and support efforts that strengthen Centenary’s theatre arts program, both on and off campus. Pennsylvania native Sonya Theil has been appointed president of the chapter.
Centenary students comprising the inaugural class include: Sonya Thiel (president; Bangor,PA); Anthony Raddi (Cedar Grove,NJ); Jibril Shabazz-Scott (Newark,NJ); Maxinne Jane Spann (Washington,NJ); Deanna Degraff (Irvington,NJ); Ethan Rice (Keyport,NJ); Nicholas Bettens (Stanhope,NJ); Helen Giannandrea (Martville, NY); Brianna Morris (Montville,NJ); Iyonnah Cousins (Paterson,NJ); Austin Lewis (Oxford,NJ); Anju Thomas (Rockland,NY); Joseph Anselmo (Dumont,NJ); Julia Stibich(Metuchen,NJ); Nicole Wilkowski (Hillsborough,NJ); Tatiana Garcia (Clifton,NJ).
Centenary University’s Theatre Arts program provides students with proven foundations in the field, while introducing them to emerging trends and technologies driving the industry. With a student theatre troupe and the Centenary Stage Company—an equity company in residence on campus—Centenary students gain hands-on experience and interact with working professionals without ever leaving campus. In fact, theatre majors at Centenary gain points as Equity Membership candidates.

Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Fraternity (ΑΨΩ) is an American recognition fraternity for participants in collegiate theatre. The National Theatre Honor Fraternity was established to promote excellence in theatrical production, academic work, and community service. The organization has enjoyed continuous national growth and, with over 600 casts, is the largest national honor society in America.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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