Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for community colleges, recently named West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Sigma Omega chapter a Five Star Chapter. WVU Parkersburg PTK students and advisors were recognized at this month’s regional convention in Virginia.
Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. The Five Star Chapter Development Plan guides chapters through each level. Using the plan as a guide to success, chapters can enhance their working relationship with college administration by becoming active on the campus and in the community. On a personal level, involvement in the program educates members in the importance of deadlines and organizational skills.
“I am so proud of our students and their advisors for achieving this status,” said WVU Parkersburg President Dr. Marie Foster Gnage. “I always encourage students to be a part of Phi Theta Kappa because it provides many valuable opportunities and experiences.”
To achieve Five Star status, WVU Parkersburg’s Sigma Omega chapter accomplished a series of goals which were set at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year. All PTK chapters must complete a college project each year, and WVU Parkersburg’s project focused on college completion. Students and their family members were encouraged to “commit to complete” by signing a pledge at the beginning of each semester.
In addition, the chapter partnered with WVU Parkersburg’s anti-bullying task force to create two videos to help end bullying. Students participated in a kick-off campaign and distributed HERO (Help, Educate, Respect, Own) bracelets for the cause.
Phi Theta Kappa is headquartered in Jackson, Miss. It is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses. More than 2 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually. Advisors for WVU Parkersburg’s Sigma Omega chapter are faculty member Dianne Davis and staff member Violet Mosser.
“It takes a lot of time, energy and dedication to become a Five Star chapter,” said Davis. “It is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.”