Phi Theta Kappa takes on new challenges

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors society developed to recognize and encourage scholarships among diligent, hard-working, two-year college students who maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA. Amarillo College’s PTK chapter branch is named Beta Eta.

Students receive an invitation from PTK to join. To remain a part of the organization, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

New members are inducted into the organization each year, and the next induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. March 22 in Ordway Hall. The membership fee is $89. Officers of PTK agreed that members of the community and organization itself always are willing to help with the cost of dues for qualifying students.

Dues include international and regional membership. The membership is transferable. Being a member of the PTK can help boost resumes as well as distinct notation of membership on a student’s college transcript.

PTK members are eligible for PTK scholarships and voting with the local Beta Eta chapter. Members receive special recognition by wearing Phi Theta Kappa commencement regalia during college graduation.

The new PTK president for this semester is Mary Phongphraphan, a pre-medicine major.

“The primary goal of 2013 is to revamp the PTK,” Phongphraphan said. “We want to exceed what we already have.”

To prepare PTK officers to lead the Beta Eta chapter in the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship, they will attend the Regional Phi Theta Kappa Conference in Dallas this weekend. The PTK chapter’s projects are eligible for statewide recognition.

PTK is looking for current members and new members to fill open officer positions.
PTK has various sponsors to help with the college’s local chapter. The newest adviser is Dalila Peredes, a Science Enrichment Center supervisor.

“The main obligation of a sponsor is making sure the local chapter is in compliance with national PTK requirements,” Peredes said.

PTK is involved in various service projects in the community. The theme for March is “team building.” For April, the theme will be “success.” PTK is in the midst of planning various activities with San Jacinto and Whittier elementary schools.

Judy Carter, honors program coordinator and a former PTK sponsor, spoke highly of PTK and its community involvement. “I want to talk to those of you thinking about joining Phi Theta Kappa,” she said. “Join Phi Theta Kappa. You won’t regret it.”

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