Northeast State wins big at Phi Theta Kappa regional competition

While there were no Oscars or red carpets, several Northeast State 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 past weekend at Walter’s State Community College Sevierville campus.

Alpha Iota Chi won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state of Tennessee. The chapter’s secretary/treasurer, Nikki Sumner, won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter Officer in the state. Her colleague and vice president of Communication, Matt Parker, took 3rd Place in the same category. Will Riddle earned the 1st place award as Distinguished Chapter Member. The chapter also earned a 3rd place award for Distinguished Chapter Officer Team.

“I am honored to have worked with these students” said Jane Honeycutt, faculty advisor for the chapter and Northeast State associate professor of English and Women’s Studies. “Their projects have had a meaningful impact on the Northeast Tennessee Region as well as the College.”

The chapter received the 1st Place award of Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project. The chapter created an online directory of regional community services.  The directory consolidated scores of regional service contacts into one source accessible online for the community.

Alpha Iota Chi chapter  of Phi Theta Kappa
Alpha Iota Chi chapter
of Phi Theta Kappa

The chapter also took the 4th Place Award of Most Distinguished College Project involving a reduction of paper use on campus. Chapter members initiated a volunteer effort to reduce paper usage by asking faculty members to find alternative ways to communicate class information.

Alpha Iota Chi chapter officers and members participating in these projects are: Kelsey Smith, fall 2013-14 President; Jared Allen, spring 2013 president; Nicole Nielson, vice president of Fellowship; Nikki Sumner, secretary/treasurer; Matt Parker, vice president of Communication; Anna Musket, vice president of Scholarship; Isabella Smith, vice president of Service; Tim Crigger, vice president of Leadership; and Emma Bragg, 2013-14 secretary/treasurer.

Phi Theta Kappa improves student success by providing opportunities for recognition, scholarships, and intellectual development through scholarly programs based on the Society’s four Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

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 unparalleled opportunities for leadership development and community service,” said Honeycutt.

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.

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