Phi Theta Kappa honors society ramps back up

Phi Theta Kappa Officers and Advisors picture after the first annual campus clean up. Photo courtesy Phi Theta Kappa

When schools went virtual due to COVID, most clubs went dormant, including the Phi Theta Kappa on the Ankeny campus.

This year, it is their goal to get it back up and running. PTK recognizes the academic achievement of community college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has a presence on almost 1,300 community college campuses in 11 nations. To be eligible for membership, you must be enrolled in an institution that has a Phi Theta Kappa chapter, complete at least 12 hours of coursework toward an associate or bachelor’s degree or at least six hours of coursework toward a certificate of one year, and generally, have a cumulative 3.5 grade point average, according to their website.

On August 27, the first weekend back to class, a campus clean-up and picnic was held outside the student center. This was an open event for all students on campus and PTK members. Students went around campus, especially in high-traffic areas, and picked up all the trash.

Following the clean-up, a grill out with hotdogs and cookies was held, made by the culinary students on campus. An information booth was set up as well along with yard games and various activities.

Sophomore Sarah Lange, from Chariton and majoring in psychology, is Vice President of Fellowship. She said, “I believe the campus cleanup event went well for our first PTK event, as it was a great way for officers to get to know each other and work together as a team.”

This year PTK has two new advisors on board. New advisor and English instructor Katherine Kalagher says, “As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, I am excited to be a part of PTK. Our chapter is growing and it is wonderful to have so many motivated students. I’m looking forward to the projects we are going to embark on, strengthening our community, and providing service to the school.”

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