Phi Theta Kappa members and inductees at last week's induction ceremony at Kenai Peninsula College.
As Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) continues to draw more local students to their degree programs, the hard work and academic achievements of those students is being recognized through such esteemed organizations as the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in America higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1,100 chapters located in all 50 States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Phi Theta Kappa was recognized in 1029 by the American Association of Colleges as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
At KPC Diane Taylor serves as Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Advisor, “This is the Alpha Omega Omicron chapter and we send out invitations to students we see on the Dean’s and Chancellor’s list, but anyone enrolled in a degree program and achieves a 3.5 grade point average may become a member,” explained Taylor. At the recent induction ceremony at KPC, Taylor welcomed new members Amber Hall, Sarah Hawkins, Brandi Henry, Peter Malone, and Jeffrey Risch. “I look forward to earning scholarships through Phi Theta Kappa programs as well as having the honor of having it on my diploma. I’m sure it will help me network as I proceed with my education and professional career,” said inductee Amber Hall. “Being Phi Theta shows that you are really committed to your education and building on that is why we’re here,” added inductee Peter Malone. Brett Encelewski has been a Phi Theta Kappa member for four years and told the Dispatch, “Being Phi Theta has meant a lot to me, Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: 1) recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. There are a lot of benefits that the new members will learn about, but it’s gratifying to be recognized as a Phi Theta.”
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