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Finckel Nominated for Phi Kappa Phi's Graduate Fellowship Competition

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Joseph C. Finckel of Morrisonville, N.Y. is the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh Phi Kappa Phi chapter nominee for the organization's national graduate fellowship competition for the academic year 2005-2006. If he is selected, Finckel will receive a $5,000 fellowship from this national academic honors society for his first year of graduate school. Last year, SUNY Plattsburgh's nominee, Matthew Mintz '01, was awarded the national fellowship and is currently pursuing his graduate degree at Columbia University.

To qualify for nomination for the fellowship, SUNY Plattsburgh applicants must demonstrate scholastic achievement and the promise of success in graduate or professional work. They must also demonstrate leadership experience as well as express their goals of further education and a career. Letters of recommendations must accompany student applications.

Finckel is an English literature major, and he will graduate summa cum laude this May.  After graduation, he will start his graduate studies in information science at SUNY Albany.  

"I am very honored to have received this nomination," said Finckel. "I know the caliber of students in the SUNY Plattsburgh chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and I am aware that the competition will be even more difficult on the national level."

Finckel is the current president of SUNY Plattsburgh's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society and is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. He has had two poems published in Z-Platt, the College's literary magazine. He is also active in the theater department as a writer and an actor. Finckel was awarded the Hassler Endowment in 2003 and the Engelhart Prize for Arts and Letters in 2004.

Since its founding in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has become the oldest and largest interdisciplinary honor society. The organization's primary goal is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education.  To qualify for induction into Phi Kappa Phi at SUNY Plattsburgh, students must be in the top 7.5 percent of their junior class or top 10 percent of their senior class. Outstanding graduate students, faculty members, professional staff and alumni are also eligible for induction. This year's induction ceremony will be held in April.

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