SUNY Cobleskill Phi Theta Kappa President Receives Exceptional Recognition
The president of the SUNY Cobleskill chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Emma Lynn Tiner of Richmondville, NY, will receive a prestigious state-wide award of exceptional recognition by New York State Phi Theta Kappa at the Phi Theta Kappa New York All-American Team Luncheon in Albany on April 4, 2013. Tiner, a former homeschooled student who began attending college at age 15, is also founder and president of the SUNY Students for Life Interest Group, a member of the SUNY Cobleskill Honors Program, and a First-Year Experience professional and peer tutor for English, French, Accounting, and Psychology. She is currently on the path to graduating with an associate degree with a 4.0 grade point average, the highest in the Humanities major at SUNY Cobleskill.
In 2012, Tiner was the winner of the National Right to Life Senior Essay Contest and will be interning this summer with the New York State Right to Life. She has also been nominated for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
“One of the most formative experiences of my life was being homeschooled by my parents,” Tiner said. “Being homeschooled shaped my outlook, my work ethic, and my love for learning. It helped me to form positive relationships with people of all ages, it built strong study skills, and it enables me to be socially confident.”
“Emma is a top-notch student who, at the age of just fifteen, enrolled in her first college course, my ENGL 101 and quickly surpassed the academic achievements of the other 100 students I taught,” said Associate Professor Kathy Johnson, Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “Each semester after that, she took on an increasing course load until she became a full-time student. Now, she carries a hefty load of challenging courses, honors courses, and peer tutors for fourteen hours per week. She will have her associate degree with a perfect 4.00 GPA before her 18th birthday.”