The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 24, 2014

Students inducted to Phi Theta Kappa


The Clinton Herald

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CLINTON — The Alpha Theta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently held an induction ceremony for 30 students.

Clinton Community College President Karen Vickers, EICC Chancellor Don Doucette and PTK advisors Gina Bielski, Jane Marlowe and Shirley Turnis recognized the inductees. CCC instructor Martha Bonte spoke on the 2014 PTK topic of "Frontiers" challenging those in attendance to explore frontiers, known and unknown, as they continue on their path.

PTK Secretary Cindy Monkman served as emcee. Other officers of Phi Theta Kappa include co-presidents Misty Stillings and Brittany Mussmann; vice president Kristen Phillips; reporter, Jeffrey Jordan; and treasurer, Terri Kunde.

Spring inductees included: Kenna Rauchenecker, Clinton; Emily Buech, Bryant; Vanessa Cannon, Clinton; Makena Casey, Fulton, Ill.; Nicole DeLarm, Charlotte, Iowa; Janelle Dykstra, Thomson, Ill.; Traci Handel, Camanche; Brandi Johnson, Maquoketa; Zachary Knight, Clinton; Jordyn Long, Camanche; Elizabeth McClimon, Maquoketa; Erika Miller, Clinton; Jenna Pladna, Clinton; Micahela Schmidt, Preston; Traci Trenkamp, Preston; Buchanan Waller, Maquoketa.

Fall inductees included: Sharon Campbell, Clinton; Bobby Cratton, Dubuque; Pamela Espitia, Clinton; Ashley Horst, Clinton; Christine King, Clinton; Emily Legal, Thomson, Ill.; Kathleen McManus, DeWitt; Avery Mulholland, Clinton; Madison Petersen, Preston; Destiny Taplin, Bryant; Jennifer Vilmont, Camanche; Eric Williamson, Clinton;

Previous inductees included: Jennifer Mann, Camanche; Misty Stillings, Clinton.

Stillings and Jeffrey Jordan were recognized at the annual Iowa banquet as All-Iowa Academic team members. The students were nominated by CCC faculty and were recognized for their leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the community. Both serve as tutors in the CCC Student Success Center, giving assistant to students in various subjects.

Stillings also was awarded the Coca-Cola Bronze Scholarship. Selection as a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar was based on scores the student earned in the All-USA Community College Academic team competition, for which more than 1,700 applications were received this year.

Turnis, Bielski and Marlowe were nominated for the Horizon award by Sima Dabir, Iowa regional coordinator. The Horizon award recognizes new advisors who participate in regional and international programs, and also recognizes more experienced advisors who have attained new levels of achievement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The Horizon award certificate was presented for the chapter’s work with promoting the Iowa Regional Honors in Action project which is building a school in Togo, Africa. The Alpha Theta Beta chapter is donating proceeds from food/bake sales and a “Team Togo” T-shirt, designed by Stillings, to raise more funds for the school construction.

Clinton Community College Dean Ron Serpliss was recognized as a Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished College Administrator. The Distinguished College Administrator award is given to college vice presidents, deans or leaders other than college presidents/CEOs serving in an administrative capacity who have demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa.