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Gamma Nu Eta Honor Society

Two former undergraduate information technology (IT) students, Skyla Loomis and Joshua Hoffman, founded the first national IT Honor Society in 2001 and named it Gamma Nu Eta in honor of Gregory N. Hughes, the former vice provost of IT at Rensselaer. They believe that the honor society fills a niche.

"IT is unique and by nature is interdisciplinary," explained Hoffman, who was the first vice president. "Other organizations tend to be purely technical and specific to one discipline. We wanted to create a society that would incorporate the diverse components that make up IT; management, impact on society, applications to industry."

Hughes, who led the development of the IT program Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Rensselaer, has been a "particular inspiration and mentor to the members of the original class of IT students," said Hoffman. "It seemed only appropriate that we dedicate the organization to him."

The current leaders of Gamma Nu Eta are continuing the accreditation process through the Association of College Honor Societies. Like other honor societies, membership in Gamma Nu Eta is contingent upon a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average and a rank within the top 15 percent of a student's class. A service component will include volunteer work at local businesses, public organizations, and schools.

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