KOKOMO, Ind. – Dr. Leo Studach, an assistant professor of science at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus, is one of 30 Phi Theta Kappa advisors who will be honored with the 2014 Paragon Award for New Advisors, presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during Nerd Nation 2014, the annual convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26. Recipients will receive commemorative medallions and be honored during the Association of Chapter Advisors Luncheon and the Hallmark Awards Gala.
The Paragon Award for New Advisors recognizes advisors who have served less than four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapter members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional, and/or international level of the organization. Advisors were nominated by their chapters through the Hallmark Awards application process. The 30 winners were selected by a panel of judges from more than 100 nominees worldwide.
In his third year as advisor of Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ) chapter at the Logansport Campus, Studach is credited by students, faculty, and staff with fostering a vibrant, enthusiastic and successful organization during his short time in the role. In 2013, the chapter was recognized with two top awards in the coveted Hallmark Awards competition at the International PTK Convention in San Jose, Calif. BGZ chapter was honored with the Distinguished Honors in Action Award, one of only 60 given each year out of more than 1,250 chapters worldwide, and one of the 43 Distinguished Chapter Awards.
The Distinguished Honors in Action project award recognized BGZ’s after-school science program, the Ivy Tech Design Challenge, for its impact on Logansport middle school students while the Distinguished Chapter Award honored the organization’s work in Honors in Action and on college projects throughout 2012-13.
“Dr. Studach is ‘the’ exemplary example of a Phi Theta Kappa advisor who exceeds the normal expectations of his position,” said Logansport Campus President Kevin Bostic. “His loyalty, passion and commitment to PTK have clearly made him an excellent advisor and educator on our campus. His leadership and mentoring of our students is exceptional – encouraging them to become involved in education and service at every level on campus, in PTK and in the community. This is great and well-deserved recognition of his many contributions.”
Studach earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Marquette University in 2005 and his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Purdue University in 2010.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.