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Local PTK Earns Five Stars

Chesapeake College chapter receives promotion to highest level

Thursday, March 06, 2014


Phi Theta Kappa officers celebrate during a recent event at Chesapeake College.Pictured here, left to right, are: Shaelyn McLamb (Treasurer), Quinn Parsley (VP of Scholarship), Kaitlyn Casey (Recording Secretary), Sam Martin (VP of Fellowship), Mark Cutter (President), and Jenn Cutter (VP of Service). 

WYE MILLS – After setting high goals for the 2013-14 academic year, the Chesapeake College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa achieved one this month in earning the Five Star designation from the international organization.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international academic honor society for two-year and junior colleges.

Assistant Professor of English Jeremy Crowe serves as the chapter advisor, and he encouraged the student leaders to aim high this year.

"We have a super group of chapter officers and I knew that they could make this a more active group on campus," Crowe said. "I urged them to go for the highest rating because I knew they could be successful."

The five-star designation requires the chapter to work with college administrators, engage the entire campus and conduct service projects. PTK leaders and members were busy this fall with several initiatives.

PTK raised $1,200 this fall in a silent auction, and co-sponsored Honors in Action projects. The group organized and led the Commit to Complete pledge drive on Chesapeake’s campus in the fall semester. Part of a nationwide effort, the group encouraged Chesapeake students to commit to finishing a degree or certificate program.

The chapter inducted 55 new members in the fall, and Crowe said he expects as many to join the organization this spring.

Three PTK members will attend the upcoming regional conference in New Jersey where Chesapeake will be recognize for the Five Star status. Six chapter members are headed to Florida in April for the national PTK conference.

"I hope students see that PTK is not just organization for nerds who only study," Crowe said. "This is lively organization of intelligent people with varied interests and talents who want to make a difference on campus and in the community."

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