The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

April 8, 2013

Get connected to honor society at CCC

April is Community College month.

At Clinton Community College we take time this month to reflect on our many activities and programs, connections to the community and especially our students. I am fortunate to work with a great group of students who excel in the classroom.

Any student who has a 3.5 grade point average and has taken 12 credits of college courses is eligible for our Alpha Theta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa, founded in 1918, is the official community college honor society. As a PTK member, students can compete for scholarships and develop leadership skills.

This past semester, we had almost 170 students eligible for PTK. On March 19, we celebrated by hosting an induction ceremony.

PTK also strives to be of service to others. Our chapter has sent over 2,000 Christmas cards to US troops overseas, and to soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Hospital.

We have volunteered with the Clinton schools, the Children’s Cancer Connection camp in Boone and currently are working on a project with the Iowa Regional PTK to build a school in Togo, West Africa. All proceeds from our Pizza Ranch fundraiser on April 29 will go to the Togo project.

PTK has an ongoing project associated with a national movement to encourage all students to commit to complete their two-year degree.

PTK students are also involved in regional and international PTK conferences.

Gina Bielski, Shirley Turnis and I are honored to be the advisors for this great group of active, scholarly students.

Each academic year, two students are nominated by the faculty to serve as our college’s honor students in the USA Today/All Iowa Scholars program.

This year Crystle Liebhart and Cory Reuter were nominated and were among just 51 students in the state to receive such recognition. They were honored at a statewide banquet on March 6 in Des Moines.

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