Students honored for academic achievement in community college
LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ) Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.
New members inducted during the Nov. 18 ceremony at the Logansport Campus include, from Akron, Faith Sherk; from Bunker Hill, Jonathan Gilbreath; from Converse, Seairra Johnson; from Gas City, Savanah Vincent; from Kokomo, Tabetha Skaggs; from Logansport, Anastasia Evers, Shane Evers, Nicole Heckard, Rachel Iles, Rebecca Johnson, Ruth Martinez Sanchez, Cristhian Montero, Bethany Poyser, Kelsie Rose, Erika Salgado-Banuelos, Emily Sawyer, Brooke Scott, Rebecca Sims, Paola Soriano, Katie Spitler, and Valente Zarate Garcia; from Marion, Jane Hampton, Jacob Wright, and Caroline Yank; from Mentone, Ashley Derf; from Muncie, Heather Williams; from Peru, Sheila Briner, Cordelia Cole, Della Hoff-Barr, Marshall Palmer, Sarah Pressey, Janice Rockey, Jaime Seitter, and Lawrence Turner; from Royal Center, Jessica Lawrence and Madison Vontobel; from Tipton, Alisha Park; from Walton, Rachel Smith; and from Winamac, Breanna Kistler.
The following students are serving as officer for the Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter: Carrie Sherer, president; Jenna Yeakley, vice president; Amanda Paradis, secretary; Debbie Powers, treasurer; and Bryan Martinez, public relations. Chapter advisers are Starr McNally, assistant professor and department chair of nursing, and Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair of science at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo region.
Moriah Mercer, a member of Kokomo Campus’ Alpha Phi Pi Chapter and Phi Theta Kappa’s Indiana regional public relations officer, and Bryan Martinez of Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter who serves as Indiana North vice president, were the featured speakers for the induction. They spoke about their role in Phi Theta Kappa as chapter and statewide officers and also recounted the opportunities and impact PTK has had on their life.
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.
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.