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Centenary University inducts seven students into Tri Beta, the national biology honor society

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary University recently inducted seven students into the Omega Rho Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society.

Also referred to as Tri Beta, the honor society requires members to have at least a 3.0 grade point average and complete 12 or more credits in biology or related life sciences.

Assistant Professors of Biology Yeon Lang Cha, Ph.D., and Cristiana Savorè, Ph.D., are co-advisors of Tri Beta. Dr. Cha said, “I am honored to be part of Tri Beta, the national biology honor society, where our students have excelled in fundraising and have also dedicated themselves to promoting the fascinating world of biology within our community. Centenary students are the driving force behind this wonderful initiative, and I look forward to witnessing the continued growth and success of Tri Beta.”

Tri Beta inductees include:

New Jersey

  • Branchburg—Puja H. Shah
  • Hackettstown—Kelly Ann Earrusso
  • Newton—Emily Hotz
  • Vernon—Kyle McCurry
  • West Milford—Kevin DeRaffele


  • Perry Hall— Michael Rash


  • Cali—M. Juanita Franco

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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