WRITER: KELLY PLUMMER
EDITOR: VANESSA DWYER
On Sunday, October 22, the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) induction was held in the Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society for two-year college students, that promotes scholarship, leadership, and service. At this year’s induction, 93 students were inducted into the Rho Gamma chapter. The night was an honor to all who were inducted.
To become a member of PTK, there are a few requirements that must be met. The student must be enrolled in an accredited college that offers an associate’s degree program, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, completed a minimum of 15 credits, as well as completed English 101 with a “C” or better.
According to co-advisor of PTK, Karrol Jordan, “Along with the honor that comes with belonging to an honor society such as Phi Theta Kappa, students benefit from the intellectual stimulation and civic engagement, both of which foster leadership skills, that PTK offers.”
PTK members demonstrate many leadership qualities as they take charge in their community. Students have the opportunity to participate in many events each semester to promote education, and participate in their local community.
The fall semester holds many opportunities for PTK members, such as road clean-ups on College Drive, donations of children’s books for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and donations of animal food and cleaning supplies for the local SPCA.
PTK members also have bake sales in which the profits go to a scholarship for members. By doing these service projects, the members of PTK hope to make their presence known at the college, to help their community, and to encourage others to join.
One of the biggest events that PTK has had the opportunity to be involved in this year is the “C4 initiative.” This initiative also known as the Community College Completion Corps, encourages students to make graduation from a community college a priority.
On October 16, the CCC held an “I’m Committed” campaign stressing the importance of going to school and “sticking with it.”
Members are encouraged to be active in their chapter by attending meetings and volunteering at a minimum of two of their events. Active members not only help their community, but also have opportunities to help fund their further schooling. Numerous scholarships are awarded to active members in PTK each semester.
Sharon Kewish has been the main advisor for 38 years and has enjoyed each moment. “One of my favorite things about being involved in PTK is getting to know the PTK members, watching them develop leadership skills and become involved in our service projects.” Kewish, along with co-advisors, Karrol Ann Jordan and Renee Post, are a big part of the college’s chapter of PTK. They are fully committed to helping the PTK members achieve all they can at CCC. As advisors, these women help the students plan each year’s service projects, keep students up-to-date with scholarship opportunities, and encourage each student to pursue their academic goals.
Post shares, “I want the PTK members to be proud of their accomplishments and strive to succeed in the classroom as part of their service learning projects.”