May 31, 2019

Phi Alpha, an internationally-recognized organization, promotes humanitarian goals and ideals in the field of social work.

Hackettstown, N.J., May 31, 2019 – Centenary University recently inducted eight social work majors into its chapter of Phi Alpha Sigma Rho, the world’s largest internationally-recognized honor society. The inductees all demonstrated academic excellence, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5. Founded in 1960, Phi Alpha promotes humanitarian goals and ideals in the field of social work and emphasizes high educational standards, research, and leadership. Today, the organization includes more than 450 chapters.

Centenary University offers a leading Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program offers students opportunities to engage in social work practice through fieldwork experiences in the community, in a variety of settings, and attend national social work conferences at venues such as the United Nations.

“This is a talented group of students who are prepared to make a difference in the world,” said Tara Veerman, Ph.D., associate professor of social work and sociology. “Phi Alpha connects its members with an extensive network of professionals in the field. I look forward to seeing the impact these outstanding Centenary students make on society.”

Centenary University inductees include:

Blairstown, N.J.— Nicole Hervatic

Budd Lake, N.J.—Alexis Galuska

Hardyston, N.J.—Veronica Banach

Middlesex, N.J.—Alexandra Kyllonen

Newton, N.J.—Jessica Pizzo

Roxbury, N.J.—Kayleigh Hayford

Verona, N.J.—Rory Langan

Westchester County, N.Y.—Kate Fraioli


The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.


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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