The Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northeast Alabama Community College was recently recognized and awarded for achievement at Catalyst Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual International Convention which was held in Orlando, Florida, on April 4-6, 2019. Phi Theta Kappa officers Justin Culver, Kelsey Draper, Nancy Lozada Robles, Maria Reyes, and Sarah Skaggs attended the convention along with PTK member Zachary Beason. They were accompanied by Chapter Advisors, Olivia Dodd and Billy Day.
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. The convention closed with an awards ceremony. Phi Theta President Kelsey Draper said this about attending Catalyst, “It was an honor to celebrate the achievements of my fellow Phi Theta Kappa members and to meet so many leaders from across the nation. Overall, Catalyst was an amazing experience, and the memories we made will last a life time.”
At the convention, Northeast’s Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was presented with four international awards. The Psi Epsilon Chapter was awarded both a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award and a Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award for its project “Generational Diversity in the Workplace.” For the project, the Psi Epsilon Chapter invited guests from the business community to hear a speaker and then sponsored a lunch and learn in which guests and PTK members discussed a book on the topic of generational differences. 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. Sarah Skaggs, PTK Vice President of Scholarship commented, “This year we chose to do our Honors in Action case study on ‘Worlds of Work’ where we discovered the driving forces behind generational differences in the workplace. Learning about different generations was very intriguing and it opened my eyes to see how other people function because of their background!”
The Psi Epsilon Chapter was also awarded a Distinguished College Project Award for their work in implementing the Mustang Community Resource Fair. The event allowed students to explore services in the community to assist those in need of food, clothing, transportation, childcare, and other necessities. It was held on campus during both the fall and spring semesters.
The most prestigious award received by the chapter was the Distinguished Chapter Award. This award was given to the top 40 chapters in the nation based on the Honors in Action Project and the College Project. Psi Epsilon chapter was also recognized as one of the “Top 100 Chapters” out of nearly 1,300 international chapters. Phi Theta Kappa Co-Advisor Billy Day noted, “These awards recognize Psi Epsilon as one of the highest achieving chapters in Alabama and in the nation. I am so proud of our chapter officers and all the work they have put into our activities this year.” In addition to chapter awards, Draper and Beason were individually recognized at Catalyst as All-USA Academic Team members.
Prior to attending Catalyst, Psi Epsilon chapter officers attended the Regional Conference which was held at Jefferson State Community College in March. The chapter was awarded numerous regional awards for both its Honors in Action Project and College Project. Psi Epsilon is a Five Star Chapter which reflects its scholarly commitment and was also recognized as a REACH chapter which denotes excellence in membership development during the 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 Olivia Dodd at firstname.lastname@example.org or Billy Day at email@example.com.
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