The accolades continue to pile up for Northeast State Community College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter.
The College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society scored major awards at the PTK Annual Convention held last week in San Jose, Calif. Out of 1,400 Phi Theta Kappa chapters worldwide, Alpha Iota Chi was recognized among the top 100 chapters based on the judging scores received on their College Project and Honors in Action Project award applications.
“These students exemplify leadership and pursuit of excellence,” said Jane Honeycutt, 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 develop and implement meaningful projects.”
Alpha Iota Chi’s college project, The President’s Student Leadership Academy, was chosen among the top 30 projects submitted for consideration. The Academy formed last fall bringing together students nominated for their leadership potential by faculty and staff. Students spent the fall and spring semesters involved in group dynamics and breakout sessions to learn more about themselves and each other.
The chapter’s vice president of Scholarship, Elizabeth Ross, was recognized as one of the top 30 Phi Theta Kappa officers in the nation. Ross won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter Officer in the state at the regional convention in February. Her colleague and vice president of Communication, James Wagner, took 4th Place in the same category.
Honeycutt was also named as one of the top 30 Phi Theta Kappa Advisors in the nation. As chapter advisor and director of the Northeast State Honors Program, Honeycutt works with Alpha Iota Chi and Honors Program students on a variety of projects. The Alpha Iota Chi chapter and student members have been consistently recognized for their achievements under Honeycutt’s guidance.
Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. President Gilliam was one of only 30 college presidents recognized with the Gordon Award, ranking her among Phi Theta Kappa’s most distinguished college presidents.
At the Tennessee Regional Convention held in February, Alpha Iota Chi won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state and 1st Place for the Most Distinguished College Project for The President’s Student Leadership Academy. Honeycutt also received the 1st Place award as Most Distinguished Faculty Advisor in the state.
Honeycutt attributed the chapter’s year-long success to student leadership provided by Anne Rowell, chapter president; Ross; Hope Nunn, vice-president of Leadership; Wagner; Sharon Woods, secretary; and Heather Blair, treasurer.
“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.
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 has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college with more than two million students inducted since the society’s founding in 1918. The society is composed of more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 states and several foreign countries.