Piedmont Community College (PCC) inducted 19 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:

Kameryn Ash, Brandon Barnett, Victoria Cooper, Shacora Daniels, Angel Estrada, Maria Garibaldi, Tierra Henderson, Sarah Hutchins, Julisa Lea, Zachariah Lunsford, Liliana Mejia, Kyndall Norton, Bambi Powers, Peaches Raglin, Elizabeth Reiter, Kayla Rice, Lauren Richardson, Emma Schumacher, and Abby Weaver.

During the spring semester virtual ceremony, PCC Vice President Barbara Buchanan shared, “Our purpose tonight is to recognize those students who have met the rigorous academic standards of Phi Theta Kappa and have committed to continue academic excellence and leadership.”

Others participating in the announcement were Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Chapter President Gloria Ale Beltran, PTK Chapter Vice-President Chloe Farmer, PTK Chapter Secretary Jackson Bradsher, PTK Chapter co-advisor Dr. Don Miller, and PCC’s President, Dr. Pamela G. Senegal.

“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.”

– 2020-21 PTK Chapter President, Gloria Ale Beltran

PTK officers Gloria Ale Beltran, Chloe Farmer, and Jackson Bradsher all shared information about the various PTK symbols, including the torch, white rose, and emblem.

Before announcing the new members, Ale Beltran 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.” She 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, “Last year I challenged previous members and new inductees to be committed in advancing our College’s PTK chapter to reach five-star status. In a difficult year, these students accepted and met this challenge.” She continued, “Now, I ask that you not only maintain the five-star status, but also 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.”

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.

To watch the virtual induction ceremony, visit www.youtube.com/piedmontcc.

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.

Photo: 2020-21 Inductee Peaches Raglin with Dr. Pamela Senegal

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