Students at Cape Fear Community College recently earned top honors at the annual conference of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held last weekend in Wilmington.
Hundreds of students from North Carolina and South Carolina attended the event, which was held on March 20- 22 on the campus of Cape Fear Community College and at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington.
CFCC’s own Alpha Chi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received over a dozen awards at this year’s event and came in second place as the ”Most Distinguished Chapter” overall.
The weekend began with Wilmington City Mayor Bill Saffo officially proclaiming March 20-22, 2015 as “Phi Theta Kappa Weekend.” CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee, welcomed the over 200 guests from chapters all over North and South Carolina.
CFCC’s Chapter won the following awards:
- Most Distinguished Chapter 1st Runner-Up
- Distinguished Chapter
- Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – Billy Koch (President), Jennifer Knight (VP of Leadership), Tracy Fino (VP of Service), Brett Carpenter (VP of Fellowship), Mallory Doran (VP of Membership)
- Distinguished Honors In Action Project – Lanthanides as a Shark Repellent
- Distinguished College Project – Campus Fitness Walk
- Best Website
- Horizon Award – John Schulte, Faculty Advisor
- Hall of Honors – Tracy Fino, Vice President of Service
- Distinguished Service Award – Honorable Mention
- Yearbook Award – Honorable Mention
- Five Star Level Award – Highest Level of Achievement/Involvement for the Chapter
- Distinguished Honors in Action Project – Theme 4: Exploring the Natural Environment
- Regional Officer Recognition – Jennifer Knight, 2015-2015 Carolinas Regional Secretary
- Host Award
- Outstanding Participation Regional Service Project
- Outstanding Participation Regional Honors In Action Project
- Carolinas Region Super Star
This year, CFCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has 300 members and they have worked on a wide variety of community service and fund raising projects at the college and in the local community. Some activities included establishing a campus fitness walk at the downtown campus, collecting books for a local domestic violence shelter, working on a Work on Wilmington project, and holding a beach sweep cleanup project and others.
Founded in 1918, the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.