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Monday, May 1, 2017

ACC PTK Honored at Conference


While the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize students for their academic achievement, the organization also promotes leadership development and service to the community.

The Mu Upsilon Chapter at Alvin Community College was recently honored as a Five-Star Chapter, the highest designation by Phi Theta Kappa for its community service projects as well as achievement for its students and advisors.

Although this was somewhat of a transition year, the members refused to settle on just keeping the organization going,” advisor Keith Vyvial said. “They worked hard and earned 5-star status.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges.  Members follow four hallmarks, including scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.  To be eligible for Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 college credit hours at ACC and maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

The Mu Upsilon chapter’s community projects included the hosting of an Appreciation Breakfast for campus staff, coordinating the Across the Curriculum Conference, informing students about the dangers of vaping and supporting Arc of the Gulf Coast.

“As a leadership team, we committed to working ceaselessly to obtain a five star status with Phi Theta Kappa,” Mu Upsilon President Rebecca McAlister. “By setting this goal and holding each other accountable,  we pursued community service, campus service, research, and fellowship with other student organizations. We were also able to travel to regional and international conferences that taught us more about leadership, scholarship, and service to better the community and our campus.”

In addition to the Five Star rating, there were also individual honors including Hall of Distinction for officer Neisha Pander, Hall of Distinction member for Melanie Walker and Hall of Distinction for advisor Keith Vyvial.

“I was thrilled to receive the PTK Award at the Awards Day Ceremony,” Pander said. “We, the officers of PTK, worked extremely hard all year long and it feels good that it did not go unnoticed. Now it is time to train the next generation of officers.”

The chapter also received the College Project Award of Merit for its community service.

More than 4,000 ACC students have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa since the ACC Mu Upsilon Chapter was created in 1963. The Mu Upsilon Chapter welcomed one of its largest groups of inductees ever during a ceremony on April 18.

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