April 19, 2011


International Success for NACC’S Phi Theta Kappa Chapter

The Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northeast Alabama Community College was recognized and awarded for achievement at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention held in Seattle, Washington, on April 7-9, 2011. Phi Theta Kappa officers Liz Callahan, Noime Campbell, Laura O’Tinger, and Savannah Sisco attended the convention, accompanied by Chapter Advisor, Brad Fricks.

Phi Theta Kappa's mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming. At the annual international convention, Phi Theta Kappa students and advisors attended small educational forums that focused on the society’s hallmarks, and they participated in general sessions where they heard world-renowned speakers.

At the convention, Northeast’s Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was presented with three international awards. The Psi Epsilon Chapter was awarded both a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award and a Distinguished Honors in Action Issue Award for its “Experience the World” Country Expo that was held last November. The project was part of Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Study Topic, “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise.” In addition to planning and carrying out the project, chapter members and officers participated in scholarly research on the chosen issue, planned leadership development activities, and wrote an extensive report detailing the process by which the project was developed and implemented. According to Fricks, “Within the Honors Study Topic, there are ten issues that we could have explored. We chose ‘Individual and Community.’ We wanted to look at how the Democratization of Information affects the individuals in our area. This award signifies that our project was one of the top four projects in the nation that focused on this issue and one of the top fifty overall. I couldn’t be prouder of our students and our chapter.”

The most prestigious award received by the chapter was the Distinguished Chapter Award. This award was given to the top 37 chapters in the nation based on the Honors in Action Project and the College Project. Psi Epsilon’s College Project was the annual Mustang 5K held in October. Phi Theta Kappa President, Laura O’Tinger, commented, “The growth our chapter has experienced over the past year is immense. I am so proud of our chapter and all the work they have put into our activities this year.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. For more information about how to get involved with Phi Theta Kappa and its programs, you may contact Brad Fricks at or phone NACC ext. 400.

NACC PTK Officers attending the convention were (L-R) Noime Campbell, Liz Callahan, Laura O’Tinger, and Savannah Sisco.