Nine students in Cazenovia College’s graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling have been inducted into the College’s New York Tau Chapter of the national college honor society, Alpha Chi. 

The initiates are all working toward master’s degrees in the program. They are:

  • Gail Boone, of Cazenovia
  • Heather Colvin, of Oneida
  • Jennifer Cottet, of Chittenango
  • Sean Decker, of New Hampton
  • Bethany Huffstutler, of Earlville
  • Alexandria Lake, of Vernon Center
  • Lori McCrohan,of Manlius
  • Brianna Wolf, of Marietta
  • Shiloh Wood, of Cazenovia

Membership in the chapter is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students across all majors in terms of their academic standing, according to the Chapter website.

The chapter initiation was conducted online on April 24 by chapter advisor Dr. John Robert Greene, the Paul J. Schupf Professor of History and Humanities at Cazenovia. Dr. Ron Chesbrough, college president, also attended and spoke of his pride in seeing the students reach this accomplishment and the importance of the work they do in this field, an understanding gained from having mental health counselors in his own family, he said. Drs. Greene and Chesbrough also cited the tremendous amount of initiative and effort put forth by Dr. Christina Bobesky, director of the program, and Dr. Mary Handley, program director for Human Services and a professor of Human Services, in the program’s preparation and launch and in educating students for the past two years.

Alpha Chi Medallion
Alpha Chi Graduate Medallion

Alpha Chi is designed to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college students, provide access to leadership and service opportunities, foster collaboration among the highest achieving students, and offer access to additional scholarships and financial rewards for top-performing students. Chapters celebrate and cultivate the life of the scholar, often sponsoring lectures, forums, debates, workshops, and publication opportunities. 

The coeducational academic honor society is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Alpha Chi National College Honor Society was founded in 1922 to recognize and promote academic excellence among college and university students of all disciplines, encourage a spirit of service and leadership, and nurture the elements of character that make scholarship effective for good, the organization notes. There are 300 chapters, and the organization inducts approximately 10,000 members annually.

The program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is Cazenovia’s first graduate-degree offering. The College’s first cohort of master’s-degree graduates are on track to complete their programs this year.


(Banner image, New Alpha Chi inductees, seated left to right, are: Lori McCrohan, Jennifer Cottet, Gail Boone, Brianna Wolf; and standing, left to right: Human Services Professor Dr. Mary Handley; student inductees Heather Colvin, Bethany Huffstutler, and Alexandria Lake; College President Ron Chesbrough; inductee Sean Decker; Program Manager Dr. Christina Bobesky; Melissa Maine, adjunct professor; and inductee Shiloh Wood)