Cape Fear Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society earned a total of 19 awards at the regional conference in Charleston, SC. The group was ranked third out of 84 chapters in the North and South Carolina region, earning them “Most Distinguished Chapter Second Runner-Up.” CFCC Students Billy Koch, Teresa Davis, Jennifer Knight, Brett Carpenter, Ashley Sherer and their faculty advisor, Dr. John Schulte were able to attend the PTK conference that was held from March 14-16, 2014.
CFCC’s chapter list of 19 awards includes:
• Five-Star Level in Five Star Development Plan
• Most Distinguished Chapter 2nd Runner-Up
• Distinguished Chapter
• Distinguished Honors in Action Project, Honorable Mention
• Distinguished College Project
• Regional Service Project Participation Award
• Regional Service Project Award
• Regional Honors In Action Award
• Distinguished Chapter Officer: Billy Koch
• Distinguished Chapter Officer, HM: Jennifer Knight, VP Leadership
• Hall of Honors – Billy Koch, Chapter President
• Hall of Honors – Jennifer Knight, Vice President Leadership
• Regional Officer Appreciation Award – Billy Koch, Regional President
• Distinguished Chapter Officer Team, Honorable Mention
• Horizon Award – Dr. John Schulte, Advisor
• Paragon Award – Dr. John Schulte, Advisor
• Website – Honorable Mention
• Yearbook – Honorable Mention
• Host Award
“We are so incredibly excited and honored to be recognized… the officer team has worked countless hours and [our] hard-work has paid off,” said PTK Chapter President Billy Koch. The team won something in every category they entered. It was their first time placing in the top three chapters in over twelve years.
The chapter had submitted write-ups for these awards prior to the conference. The awards recognized a few of the organization’s major projects during the past year, including the College Bowl (Distinguished College Project) and their flag sale for the student veterans (Distinguished Service Project). Some chapter members won individual awards for their individual work contributed to these projects, as well as a team award.
In addition to winning the award at the conference, the chapter co-hosted the event, provided door prizes, took part in electing new regional officers, and attended various educational forums.
The regional conference is a preliminary conference that leads up to the annual PTK convention in Orlando, FL from April 24-26, 2014. Koch and his chapter are excited to see if any of these awards can be won at the international level. Next spring, CFCC will host the regional PTK conference for the Carolinas region.
CFCC students are eligible to join PTK if they are working towards the two year Associate degree, have completed 12 hours in their program of study, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Its purpose is to honor those students who have worked hard in their selected field of study with an invitation to take advantage of all the benefits of membership. Phi Theta Kappa encourages the development of members in the Hallmark areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship by service projects and scholarship activities.
For more information about PTK, visit their website at: https://sites.google.com/a/mail.cfcc.edu/phi-theta-kappa/home/.