Piedmont Community College (PCC) inducted 12 new students into the College’s Alpha Upsilon Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the 2021-22 academic year.

The new members include:

Ibrahim Alsadi, Violeta Alvarado-Benitez, Monica Castillo, Katie Clayton, Lauren Foushee, Courtney Hackett, Cathryn Haynes, Andrew Hill, Charles Parker, Ryan Reaves, Ruby Thompson, and Abby Weaver.

During the fall semester induction ceremony, PCC Vice President Barbara Buchanan shared, “The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize the academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders. Our purpose today is to recognize those students who have met the rigorous academic standards of Phi Theta Kappa and have agreed to join the organization.”

Others participating in the announcement were Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Chapter President Jackson Bradsher, PTK Chapter Vice-President Liliana Mejia, PTK Chapter Secretary Carson Duncan, Communications Officer Kayla Rice, PTK Chapter co-advisor Dr. Don Miller, and PCC’s President, Dr. Pamela G. Senegal.

PTK officers Jackson Bradsher, Liliana Mejia, Carson Duncan, and Kayla Rice all shared information about the various PTK symbols, including the torch, white rose, and emblem.

Before announcing the new members, Bradsher explained, “You are about to be inducted into a scholarly fellowship which embraces community colleges, not only of your own state, but of the nation and the world.” He continued, “After induction, you will find among the members an atmosphere of scholarship, to which you must give of yourself in order that the organization may be meaningful to you.”

After reading and displaying the names of new members, co-advisor Dr. Don Miller commented, “It is my pleasure to welcome you into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the lively fellowship of scholars it affords. I salute you for your accomplishments.”

He went on to say, “I charge you to explore always for truth and to dedicate yourselves to the cultivation of the well-reasoned life, a prelude to service and honor.”

In addition to offering her congratulations, PCC President Pamela G. Senegal proposed a similar challenge in her address, “One year ago, last fall, I challenged previous members and new inductees to be committed in advancing our College’s PTK chapter to reach five-star status. These students accepted and met this challenge before the spring induction, and co-advisor Dr. Miller followed, earning his five-star status as an advisor.” She continued, “Now, I ask that you not only maintain the five-star status but continue to grow the organization in membership and in activities.”

Senegal also reminded inductees about the benefits available to PTK students, “I am personally asking you now to be intentional about using the benefits associated with the honor society, such as financial opportunities, transfer assistance, and connections to career pathways.”

Before the ceremony concluded, Miller called forward the 2021-2022 officers to officially install them, in front of their peers, as this year’s officers, and have them sign the Alpha Upsilon Theta Chapter Record Book.

“Before you assume your obligations as officers of the chapter, you shall renew your pledge of membership in Phi Theta Kappa,” Miller said. “You are charged with the responsibility of learning the duties of your office and executing those duties to the best of your ability.”

PCC is actively assisting eligible students in becoming a member of this prestigious International Honor Society by offering partial financial assistance for the membership fee. Students complete an application, and they are required to pay a portion of the membership fee, if selected.

To find out more about how you can help support future Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members, contact Beth Townsend at (336) 322-2104 or Beth.Townsend@piedmontcc.edu.

About PTK:

For more than 100 years, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has helped millions of high-achieving college students reach their full potential. The group recognizes academic success, as well as offers opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills, earn scholarships, explore career paths, and make their worlds a lot bigger. Learn more at www.ptk.org.

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