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International Relations Honor Society Inducts 10

Group joins nationwide network of like-minded professionals

Pictured here among participants in Dr. Jonathan DiCicco’s international relations senior seminar are seven of the 10 Sigma Iota Ro (SIR) inductees. Front row, (L-R): Brianna Wrobel ᾿18, Moriah Harris ᾿18, Toria DiStefano ᾿18 (SIR), Allecia Hirtreiter ᾿18, Peyton Richmond ᾿18, Jonathan DiCicco, PhD, associate professor of political science and director, International Relations Program; Charlotte Bamford ᾿18 (SIR), Desmond Metzger ᾿18 and Caitlin Orgek ᾿18 (SIR). Back row, left to right: Patrick Murray (SIR), Tyler Gates (SIR), Jenna Grainer ᾿18  (SIR), Ellen Hamlett ᾿18, Nathan Baumgartner (SIR), Paul Castricone ᾿18 and Therese Coward. Not pictured: SIR honorees Asher Havis-Walton ᾿18, Megan Poynter ᾿19 and Rachael Sparacino ᾿19.

Canisius College’s International Relations Program is proud to announce that 10 high-achieving international relations majors were inducted into Sigma Iota Rho (SIR), the national honor society for international studies. With the induction of this inaugural class of eight graduating seniors and two juniors, Canisius College joins more than 170 other colleges and universities across the United States and Europe as an institutional member of SIR. Student members of the organization benefit from participating in a network of like-minded professionals who share a background in international relations.

The newly-established Eta Iota chapter of SIR is led by founding president Caitlin Orgek ᾿18.  Orgek and seven other seniors ‒ Charlotte Bamford ᾿18, Nathan Baumgartner ᾿18, Toria DiStefano ᾿18, Tyler Gates᾿18, Jenna Grainer ᾿18, Asher HavisWalton ᾿18 and Patrick Murray᾿18 – will proudly wear their SIR honor cords at commencement exercises this Saturday. Megan Poynter ᾿19 and Rachael Sparacino ᾿19, inducted as juniors on the strength of their exemplary academic performance, will return from study abroad to lead Canisius College’s Eta Iota chapter of SIR for the 2018-19 academic year.

The International Relations Program and the Political Science Department offer our enthusiastic congratulations to these newly-inducted members of SIR and wish them well in all of their future endeavors!

Submitted by: Jonathan M. DiCicco, PhD, associate professor of political science and director, International Relations Program