An induction ceremony was held last month at Piedmont Community College for the Alpha Upsilon Theta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, where 26 students became new members for the 2018-19 academic year.
New members are: Katie Adams, Shirley Andrews, Katie Bowes, Deanna Burch, Jordan Butner, Elijah Campbell, Madison Carroll, Isaiah Chambers, Matthew Chaney, Benjamin Gregory, Amanda Hardy, Clint Hilbert, Elyssa Koutsis, Jessica Kradel, Heather Lawrence, Brittanni Lea, Nathan Matherly, Kailee Moss, Alexis Paugh, Susan Perry, Brianna Pulliam, Brian Sayers, Nancy Thompson, Veronica Wettermark, Kenli Whitlow and Indiana Wiley.
During the ceremony, students heard from current PTK President, Tiffani Woods, who shared her experiences of involvement and personal growth. She encouraged the new members to engage in the full experience.
“In my initial encounter with Phi Theta Kappa, I was a little hesitant to get involved,” Woods said. “I took all my PCC classes online, so I wasn’t familiar with any students on campus.”
She decided to attend an informational session held by advisers Janet Bottoms and Vanessa Bass to learn more about the national society and its local chapter.
During the session, Woods and other attendees discovered that the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society’s mission is two-fold:
• 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
“When the advisers asked who wanted to run for officer positions, it was as if my arm disconnected from my body and raised itself,” said Woods. “To this day, I don’t know what possessed me to raise my arm, but the experiences and opportunities that I have been given through PTK have been invaluable.”
She believes her PTK experience at Piedmont Community College has been significant in her educational journey.
“I started PTK as a hesitant, somewhat shy individual. But now I have blossomed into a leader who is ready to conquer the world. Phi Theta Kappa has opened up so many doors and opportunities for me.”
As PTK president, and a peer, Woods went on to congratulate the new members for their various achievements and for accepting the PTK membership. She also encouraged them to expand their involvement in an effort to enhance their experience as a college student. “I encourage you all to get involved and be active in this chapter. The memories and experiences that you will have are such an incredible addition to your time at PCC,” she said.
To assist eligible students in becoming a member of this organization, the PCC Foundation offers financial assistance for the membership fee. Students must complete an application to be considered, and are required to pay a portion of the membership fee, if selected.
To find out more about how to help support future Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members, contact Allison Satterfield at 336-322-2102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.