Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters induct new members

Students in Logansport and Kokomo honored for academic achievement

KOKOMO, Ind. — Students at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the region’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters, Alpha Phi Pi (APP, Kokomo Campus) and Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ, Logansport Campus).

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

Kokomo’s chapter held an induction in February in the auditorium at Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site. Ethan Heicher, dean of the Kokomo Region’s Liberal Arts and Sciences/University and Transfer Division, spoke about the importance of recognizing and using opportunities that arise. He spoke about how his future wife, Dr. Cecelia Powless, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Kokomo took advantage of the opportunities Phi Theta Kappa had to offer, while he passed on the invitation to be a member.

New members inducted into the Kokomo chapter include Kriss Abney, Laura Abney, Angel Bailiff, Savasia Bryant, Daniel Burns, Stephanie Cosley, Kristie Culp, Sarrah Devine, Dustin Dewitt, Sheere Enser, Yvonne Hudson, Kimberly Hults, Wayne Janner, Nick Lambert, Nichole Lewandowski, Sharon Lucas, Micholeen Lynch, Moriah Mercer, Nila Myers, Eliza Simpson, and Aubrie Voiles. New officers welcomed at the ceremony included Moriah Mercer, president; Savasia Bryant, vice president; Kristie Culp, treasurer; and Cheryl Collins, public relations officer.

Logansport’s chapter inducted new members in April in the community room at Ivy Tech Logansport. Pam Guthrie, executive director of Ivy Tech’s Wabash site, was the chapter’s induction speaker. Her message focused on the accomplishments of the new chapter members and the great opportunities in life an education affords them. Guthrie is a recipient of the 2015 Shirley B. Gordon Distinguished College Administrator Award, an international honor presented to college administrators with a distinguished record of supporting Phi Theta Kappa.

New members inducted into the Logansport chapter include Deanna Azbell, Courtney Barber, Stephanie Beachler, Anthony Botsford, Amy Brannick, Bailey Burke, Michell Chanley, Kaitlyn Chittick, Tanya Conner, Isaac Davis, Kent Denny, Michelle Donaldson, Hector Enriquez, Hydi Fair, Ashley Galbreath, Candice Vatchel, Aaron Goffe, Nicole Heckard, Bret Hisey, Lori Hoover, Elizabeth Humphrey, Amy Hunt, Mincy Hunt, Jordan Johnson, Rachel Kollmar, Jennavive Mangum, Bryan Martinez, Shannon McCord, Gisell Montiel, Chaleah Morens, Karla Osorio, David Peankhamhor, Kimberly Pearson, Cecilia Pineda, Amanda Price, Kyla Rairigh, Taylor Raisor, Mickayla Rans, Jennifer Reutebuch, Cody Rude, Jared Schinglof, Brittanie Seals, Julie See, Heidi Shull, Halle Steinberger, Addie Sweet, Pamela Unger, Sarah Von Drachenberg, Shannon Walker, Justin Ward, Christain Wells, Katarina Williamson and Brooke Winters. New officers sworn in at ceremony included George Ruble, president; Jenna Yeakley, vice president; Amanda Paradis, secretary; Debbie Powers, treasurer; and Bryan Martinez, public relations.

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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