On April 18, a WVU Parkersburg Phi Theta Kappa member was recognized as an All-West Virginia Academic Team member during a formal ceremony at the state capitol.
Candice Caviness, a member of the campus Sigma Omega chapter, was presented a medallion of recognition by West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice. Caviness was selected from 20 other state recipients to share how Phi Theta Kappa and WVU Parkersburg directly benefited her life.
“Not only is it an honor to be trusted with representing WVU-P, it is my privilege as well,” Caviness said. “Students of the institution and PTK work very hard for their community out of a desire to be their best self .The recognition I have received is humbling, and I am very proud of both my own achievements and the achievements of each member of PTK. Each of them deserves the same recognition.”
Caviness will graduate WVU Parkersburg in May 2018 with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. She is an eight-year employee with the West Virginia Department of Highways, and was instrumental in the development of the state’s Fallen Worker Memorial located at the Williamstown I-77 Welcome Center.
The Fallen Worker Memorial stands in remembrance of 56 individuals who lost their lives while working on the state’s roadways. For those efforts, she was also recognized as the 2015 West Virginia Volunteer Coordinator of the year.
“Candice is an excellent example of an outstanding student. Her work in researching and developing the Fallen Worker Memorial shows her dedication and commitment to West Virginia,” said Marie Butler, WVU Parkersburg Phi Theta Kappa – Sigma Omega Chapter Advisor.
Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 39 states.
Each two-year college in West Virginia may nominate two students per campus to the All-USA Academic Team. West Virginia students nominated to the national team are generally named to the All-State Academic Team.
Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
“WVU Parkersburg is a means for non-traditional students to accomplish their dreams through educational opportunities. Phi Theta Kappa honors students like Candice who are successful in their academic pursuits,” said Butler.
Participating in the ceremony:
(from right to left)
Chancellor of the WV Community and Technical College System Dr. Sarah Tucker; West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice; recipient Candice Caviness, WVU Parkersburg Phi Theta Kappa – Sigma Omega Chapter Advisor Marie Butler; WVU Parkersburg Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Cindy Gissy and Chairman of the WV Community and Technical College System Robert Brown