Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters earn regional awards

Logansport and Kokomo chapters honored at Indiana Region Convention

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region Phi Theta Kappa chapters, Alpha Phi Pi (APP, Kokomo Campus) and Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ, Logansport Campus), and their members earned several awards and honors at the honor society’s annual Indiana Region Convention held March 6 to 8 in Bloomington:

Chapter Awards

Alpha Phi Pi received three awards: Four-Star Level Chapter, Most Outstanding Officer Team, and Honors in Action Issue Award/Theme 9 Borders and Boundaries.

Beta Gamma Zeta was honored with six chapter awards: Five-Star Level Chapter, Most Outstanding Chapter Award, Distinguished Officer Team, Distinguished College Project, Most Outstanding Honors in Action project, and Honors in Action Issue Award/Theme 5 Celestial Frontiers.

Member Awards

Member awards went to Kourtney Hammitt (BGZ) of Kokomo, Distinguished Chapter Officer; Korin Rogers (BGZ) of Logansport, Most Outstanding Chapter Officer and $300 Dr. Eugene Spiess Scholarship; Debra Powers (BGZ) of Logansport, Distinguished Chapter Member; and Joshua Hryman (APP) of Peru, $800 Dr. Eugene Spiess Scholarship.

Three Kokomo Region students were elected PTK Indiana Region officers for 2015-16: Bryan Martinez (BGZ) of Logansport, vice president; Alisha Boyd (BGZ) of Logansport, secretary/treasurer; and Moriah Mercer (APP) of Peru, Public Relations.

Mercer serves as president of the Alpha Phi Pi chapter based in Kokomo. Members were active in a variety of Phi Theta Kappa events in 2014. Among the chapter’s community service projects this year was researching and carrying out an Honors in Action project aimed at first-generation college students at The Crossing, an alternative school in Kokomo. Members also met with and began training with the local domestic violence shelter to advocate for assist on projects for abused individuals in the community.

Under Presidents Kourtney Hammitt of Peru and George Ruble of Macy, members of the Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter based in Logansport supported or carried out a wide range of activities on the campus and in the community. Community activities included conducting disability access surveys at Logansport businesses, presenting Super Science Day for the entire second grade class at Thompson Elementary School, participating in the Cass County Relay for Life, sponsoring joint events with the Autism Society of Indiana and PEAK Community Services, recruiting for the Logansport Literacy Campaign’s reading program, assisting with the Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Logansport Tour de Trike United Way fundraiser, and hosting five American Red Cross blood drives. Through their Honors in Action project, sixth-graders at Thompson Elementary learned about the space program and built and launched model rockets.

“I am amazed at all the contributions made by our Phi Theta Kappa chapter members and very proud of the awards their accomplishments have earned,” said Chancellor David Bathe of the combined Lafayette and Kokomo region. “Phi Theta Kappa offers so many opportunities for our honor students to extend their education and experiences far beyond the classroom as they prepare for their futures.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3 million members and 1,275 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, UAE and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors, and most importantly to its student members are unparalleled by any other student organization.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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