WVU Parkersburg honor society named Distinguished Chapter at regional convention

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Sigma Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society was named Distinguished Chapter at the 2016 Virginia/West Virginia Regional Convention this month. The convention took place March 4-6 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va.

The WVU Parkersburg chapter was presented with the following recognitions and awards:

  • Distinguished Chapter
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – students Bill Bell, Candace VanDenBroeke, Alese Scarbrough, Daniel Steele and Katie Huff
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer – Bill Bell
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer – Candace VanDenBroeke
  • Distinguished Chapter Member – Leah LaPrade
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor – Andrew Rochus, WVU Parkersburg assistant professor of sociology and PTK advisor
  • Paragon Advisor – Marie Butler, WVU Parkersburg grants administrator and PTK advisor
  • Horizon Advisor – Andrew Rochus
  • Distinguished College Project for Sigma Omega’s Student Leadership Development Series
  • Honors in Action Project Award
  • Honors in Action Distinguished Theme Award – coordinated by student Leah LaPrade
  • Regional Honors Project – coordinated by student Vickie Sargent
  • Second Place Regional Fundraising Project – coordinated by Candace VanDenBroeke
  • Regional Communications Award

Advisor Marie Butler was formally introduced as Associate Regional Coordinator which means she will organize the annual new advisor Training Academy for Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, PTK president Bill Bell received a Five-Star pin for completion of his Competitive Edge Portfolio. He was also introduced as a candidate for PTK International President for which elections will be held during PTK’s international convention April 6 – 10.

The campus Sigma Omega chapter meets the second Wednesday and fourth Monday of each month and is currently recruiting new members in anticipation of its spring 2016 induction ceremony. Interested students must be currently enrolled at WVU Parkersburg with a minimum 3.5 grade point average and at least 12 credit hours of associate degree course work completed.
Email ude.puvwnull@reltuB.eiraM, ude.puvwnull@suhcoR.werdnA or ude.puvwnull@reklaW.mailliW for more information on becoming a member.

About WVU Parkersburg
Established in 1961, West Virginia University at Parkersburg is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Academic credits earned at WVU Parkersburg are transferable to any institution in the West Virginia higher education state system as well as other accredited institutions throughout the country. WVU Parkersburg is the only public community college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees. The college’s primary service area consists of seven counties in West Virginia: Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood.

About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

WVU Parkersburg Sigma Omega chapter members who attended the 2016 PTK Regional Convention include Daniel Steele (student), Marie Butler (advisor) and Bill Bell (student).

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