Phi Theta Kappa chapter earns awards

Washington State Community College’s (WSCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Alpha Rho Gamma, recently received several awards at the 2018 Ohio Regional Convention, including a member’s nomination for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer, and being named one of the top chapters in the region.

In late March several members of WSCC’s PTK chapter traveled to West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling, W.Va., for the annual meeting where Alpha Rho Gamma was named the No. 3 chapter in the region, a notable distinction as there are 44 other chapters. The Ohio Region includes the entire state of Ohio and part of West Virginia.

Brad Merritt, WSCC’s PTK advisor, isn’t surprised by the honors given to Alpha Rho Gamma and credits the recognition to the efforts of its members. “Our chapter members worked really hard this past year on the research project on Vietnam Veterans and the Constitution Day Panel Discussion. Moreover, they helped with several service projects this year by raising money for the Humane Society and helping at Empty Bowls to raise money for the food pantries in Southeastern Ohio.”

Jacob Wagner, who serves as Alpha Rho Gamma’s President, was nominated for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer. He was also named to the First Team Ohio Association of Community College (OACC) All-Ohio Academic Team. Additionally, Amber Williams and Elayna Jacobs were named to the 3rd Team. These teams will be honored at a luncheon at the Ohio State House later this month.

The chapter also won awards for its college project, the Constitutional Day Discussion Forum; an Honors in Action Project Award on the chapter’s research on Vietnam Veterans and how they adapted to civilian life following their tour of duty; and a Continued Excellence Award.

Other important accolades include WSCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Mark Nutter received the Continued Excellence in Administration Award. “Over the years Dr. Nutter has been a big supporter of PTK by helping the chapter with donations and service projects and working with us to make sure the chapter maintains its Five Star Status, PTK’s highest level of engagement,” explained Merritt.

PTK is the official honor society for two-year colleges. Memberships are extended to students who complete at least 12 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.