Northeast State wins big at PTK regional competition

No Oscar statues were involved, but Northeast State Community College students enjoyed a weekend of winning and recognition for their achievements.

The College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society won several team and individual honors at the society’s regional convention held this weekend at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn.

Alpha Iota Chi won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state of Tennessee. The chapter’s vice president of Scholarship, Elizabeth Ross, won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter Officer in the state.  Her colleague and vice president of Communication, James Wagner, took 4th Place in the same category:

“These students exemplify leadership,” said Jane Honeycutt, faculty advisor for the chapter and Northeast State associate professor of English and Women’s Studies. “They set high standards for themselves and the chapter and worked diligently to improve the Tennessee Region of Phi Theta Kappa and to develop and implement meaningful projects.”

Alpha Iota Chi student members and their faculty advisors.
Alpha Iota Chi student members and their faculty advisors.

The chapter took 1st Place for the Most Distinguished College Project for The President’s Student Leadership Academy. The Academy formed last fall bringing together students nominated for their leadership potential by faculty and staff.  Students spent the semester involved in group dynamics and breakout sessions to learn more about themselves and each other.

Alpha Iota Chi also earned the coveted Five-Star Chapter status, the highest status level awarded to any chapter.  Alpha Iota Chi was also named a Chapter of Light, which means the Chapter went above and beyond the expectations of the organization in fulfilling the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

Elizabeth Ross and James Wagner display their awards.
Elizabeth Ross and James Wagner display their awards.

The chapter also received the 2nd Place award for the Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project for the Project Vote campaign.  Project Vote sought to register new voters for the 2012 primary and general election. As a part of Project Vote, local candidates for state office participated in a candidate forum to educate the campus and surrounding community about their positions on relevant issues.

Honeycutt said the chapter’s excellent year can be attributed to student leadership provided by Anne Rowell, chapter president; Ross, vice-president of Scholarship; Hope Nunn, vice-president of Leadership; Wagner, vice-president of Communications; Sharon Woods, secretary; Heather Blair, treasurer; and Amanda Broome, vice-president of Fellowship.

The PTK Region's Most Disguished Faculty Advisor award winner Jane Honeycutt.
The PTK Region’s Most Distinguished Faculty Advisor award winner Jane Honeycutt.

The chapter’s success extended beyond students – Honeycutt won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Faculty Advisor. As chapter advisor and director of the Northeast State Honors Program, Honeycutt works with Alpha Iota Chi members and Honors Program students on a variety of projects throughout the academic year.  Alpha Iota Chi and Honors Program student members have been consistently recognized for their achievements under Honeycutt’s guidance.

Alpha Iota Chi members engage in research projects each year as part of their independent study.  An Alpha Iota Chi member must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and demonstrate leadership and community service consistent with Phi Theta Kappa principles.

“Phi Theta Kappa offers students a unique opportunity to grow leadership skills and become competitive for generous transfer scholarships to both public and private universities,” said Honeycutt.

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