Piedmont Community College (PCC) inducted 21 new students into the College’s Alpha Upsilon Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society during the 2021-22 academic year.

The new members include:

Kalin Blount, Jasmine Bradford, Christina Bradley, Sandra Bradsher, Mykiah, Connor Davis, Camryn Daye, Caleigh Gantt, Bethany Glenning, Chris Gonzalez, Trace Goodman, Georgia Goodson, Kyle Hammond, Veronica Hannalla, Maleah Leonard, Emma Mitchell, Hannah Oakley, Shawna Phelps, Joseph Phifer, Grace Pryor, Caleb Pulliam, Loren Shull, Lauren Talley, and Joshua Yeatts.

During the spring semester induction ceremony, PCC Dean, University Transfer and General Education Dr. David Townsend shared, “I am so excited to welcome a new group of students into this prestigious honor society. 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 as leaders.”

Others participating in the announcement were Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Chapter President Kayla Rice, PTK Chapter Vice-President Liliana Mejia, PTK Chapter Secretary Kyndall Norton, PTK Chapter co-advisors Dr. Don Miller and Dr. Chandler Fry, PTK member Carson Duncan, and PCC’s President, Dr. Pamela G. Senegal.

PTK officers Kayla Rice, Liliana Mejia, and Kyndall Norton all shared information about the various PTK symbols, including the torch, white rose, and emblem.

Before announcing the new members, Rice 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 the students lit their ceremonial candle and received their certificate, co-advisor Dr. Chandler Fry announced, “It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the lively fellowship of scholars it affords. I congratulate you for your accomplishment and I charge you to explore always for truth and to dedicate yourselves to the cultivation of the well-reasoned life.”

In addition to offering her congratulations, PCC President Pamela G. Senegal encouraged the students to move forward as leaders. “As leaders we are responsible for serving, inspiring and transforming our community to elevate, benefit, and reinforce those around us. Last year, our chapter of PTK claimed third place in the Collegiate Hunger Challenge, taking on every public university and community college in North Carolina. They did it by identifying a problem, deciding to be of service, inspiring other to get involved, then putting a plan in action to see the community positively transformed.”

She continued, “As I look at you, I’m memorizing your faces because the next time I see you, I’ll ask you what you are doing to contribute to make this community even better. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you’ll accomplish, not only as part of Phi Theta Kappa, but as you graduate and become model citizens within our region.”

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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