Ivy Tech Kokomo, Logansport campuses induct students into Phi Theta Kappa

Students honored with membership for their scholastic achievement

news_ptk_key_white croppedKOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Forty students in Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Alpha Pi Phi (Kokomo) and Beta Gamma Zeta (Logansport) chapters of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.

New members inducted during the fall ceremonies, by hometown, include:

Bringhurst: Jessie Hall, Logansport Chapter

Elwood: James Borum, Kokomo Chapter

Fulton: Karla Viramontes, Logansport Chapter

Galveston: Christopher Burke, Jade Munsey, and Christy Robinson, all Logansport Chapter

Kokomo: Paul Butzin, Logansport Chapter; and Janelle Foster, Edson Fox, Andrea Fulton, Roseanna Grace, Jennifer Mula, Scott Myers, Amy Townsend, all Kokomo Chapter.

Logansport: David Boucher, Emma Click, Alexandria Corcoran, Bradley Grigsby, Rashawnda Jackson, Jessica James, Paige Johansen, Nicole Latourrette, Marissa Moralis. Erika Peltz, Iveelyn Rogers, April Savoie, all Logansport Chapter

Marion: Chealsea Renbarger, Kokomo Chapter

Peru: Ethan Gahs and Sheila Wade, Kokomo Chapter, and Aaron Wilson, Logansport Chapter

Rochester: Katie Farler, Rasma Melton, Alexa Olinger, and Jennifer Sales, all Logansport Chapter

Tipton: Eli McCormack, Kokomo Chapter

Twelve Mile: Emily Russell, Logansport Chapter

Wabash: Sarah Castle, Michael Wolford, Morgen Wood, and Kaitlyn Luttrell, all Logansport Chapter

As part of the Nov. 14 ceremony in Logansport, Kim King, associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Kokomo and Lafayette Region, was also honored with an honorary membership into Beta Gamma Zeta chapter for her steadfast support of Phi Theta Kappa and all students at Ivy Tech Community College.

Anita Smith, a student at Ivy Tech Richmond and vice president of Phi Theta Kappa’s Indiana Region South, was guest speaker. She spoke about her rich experience as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and her journey from a shy student to a statewide leader. She also commented that she still learns new things even as a two-year veteran and had no idea about the breadth of opportunities Phi Theta Kappa affords. Chapter advisors are Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair of science at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo region and regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa, and Starr McNally, department chair for nursing for the Logansport and Peru campuses.

Speakers at the Oct. 30 ceremony in Kokomo included the Alpha Phi Pi officer team: Moriah Mercer of Peru, president; Angela Bailiff of Greentown, general vice president; Cheryl Collins of Kokomo, vice president of communications; Nila Myers of Kokomo, vice president of operations; and Katherine Einstein of Galveston, vice president of finance. Advisors of the Kokomo Chapter are Amber Williams, assistant professor of psychology, and Carl Pennington, mathematics instructor.

Alpha Phi Pi chapter also hosted Phi Theta Kappa’s Indiana 2016 Fall Honors Conference in October. More than 100 chapter members and advisors from 18 Ivy Tech chapters around the state and the Vincennes University-Jasper campus chapter attended. The focus of the conference was on leadership development and the honorary’s Honors in Action program, which seeks to develop research projects that can lead to community service projects.

Guest speakers at the fall conference included Dr. Tammy Greene, assistant professor of life science at Ivy Tech Kokomo, who spoke about fair versus free trade, and Michael Kowalkowski, Rolls-Royce design engineer, who led conference attendees in a leadership development and team building exercise. Susan Edwards, dean of Academic Affairs & Honors Programs, served as the Phi Theta Kappa headquarters representative and participated in sessions that helped chapters learn and build their Honors in Action projects.

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, United Arab Emirates, 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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