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Adelphi University Inducts Its Fifth Class to the Order of the Sword and Shield

Emergency Management program inducts three students into Honor Society, The Order of the Sword and Shield.

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Adelphi University's Emergency Management program inducts three students into Honor Society, The Order of the Sword and Shield.

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Garden City, NY - January 20, 2016 - Adelphi University’s Emergency Management Graduate Certificate and Master’s program recently inducted three students into the Emergency Management/Homeland Security Honors Society, The Order of the Sword and Shield.

The Order of the Sword and Shield (OSS) is the first national academic and professional honor society dedicated exclusively to homeland security, intelligence, and all protective security disciplines. The purpose of this organization is to promote critical thinking, high scholarship and professional development, and to further enhance the ethical standards of the protective security professions.  Adelphi’s OSS Chapter Advisor Meghan McPherson, CEM, assistant director of the Center for Health Innovation and adjunct faculty for the Emergency Management Graduate Programs, performed the ritual initiating the new class of high caliber students on December 10, 2015. McPherson was also recently appointed to the Inaugural National Advisory Board for OSS. The ceremony was witnessed by the inductee’s friends and family, as well as University College Dean Shawn O’Riley.

Adelphi University congratulates the three members inducted this fall: Robert Bristol, Robert Designore, and Kathleen Murray. The inductees come from both the M.S. in Emergency Management Program as well as the Graduate Certificate Program. The Emergency Management Program is extremely proud of their achievement and their commitment to ensuring the safety of their community.

For more details about Adelphi University’s Emergency Management Program, visit To learn how the University is educating communities on disaster preparedness, visit

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Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi was one of the first coeducational institutions of higher education in New York State and is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 7,500 students from 38 states and 46 countries at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs around the state (New York City, the Hudson Valley and across Long Island) and online.

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