By Michelle Robinson
Phi Theta Kappa is making a big buzz on campus due to the new 100 students that have been inducted into the society.
PTK is an international community college scholastic honor society that recognizes the achievements of two-year college students who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better. It is considered to be an honor and a privilege for these newly inducted students to be a part of the PTK society.
The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is listed in two parts: 1.) to recognize and encourage academic achievements of two-year community college students, and 2.) to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. PTK was originally started with six charter members using the name of Kappa Phi Omicron at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1910. During the first six years of the society, it focused on women’s activities, until 1924 when it was expanded to cover all junior colleges. Today PTK has more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters spread out over America, U.S. Territories, British Virgin Islands, Germany, Micronesia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Palau, and United Arabs Emirates.
Ms. Sharon Kewish is the advisor of the PTK chapter here at CCC. She has been at this post for over 30 years, in addition to being an English teacher and basic skills teacher. It is clear that she is committed to PTK activities from the boxes and boxes filled with PTK paraphernalia that are all stacked around her office. “I am so pleased that the college paper is going to do a story on PTK activities. Everyone works hard to bring events together and they need all the recognition that they can get,” said Ms. Kewish.
Activities at CCC
- In November, PTK adopted College Drive. This means that four times a year students will go out on the street and clear trash and debris all the way to Sherman Avenue and up to the curve of Delsea Drive.
- For Christmas, PTK will be collecting children’s books for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. These books will be Christmas gifts for the little brothers and sisters. All books that are donated must be brand new, and appropriate subject matter for children.
- PTK is collecting funds for the SPCA, making a wishlist for animals.
- Every year for Thanksgiving, PTK has their annual bake sale. They also sell jewelry, and food. It is held in the Luciano Center. It has been very successful for 30 years. All money goes directly to the scholarship fund.
- PTK has given away four $500.00 scholarships in the last two years. These scholarships can be used for transferring or returning students.
- PTK has two inductions a year, and the next one will be held in March.
In the spring, Phi Theta Kappa has a national convention, which CCC sends at least two students to attend. Ms. Kewish believes this event is very motivating to the students who attend. “Students come back from the convention energized, willing to work on activities; and they have new ideas on how to improve the chapter,” said Ms. Kewish.