LCC Phi Theta Kappa earns awards
LCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society Mu Tau Chapter has had a very eventful year, according to past president Mark Davis of Mu Tau.
The honor society and its members won two awards at the PTK International Convention April 24 to 26 at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. The group also won three awards at the Phi Theta Kappa regional convention May 16 to 18 at Northwestern Community College in Traverse City.
“It was so much more than we really could have anticipated, going into our first national convention, and I believe it’s been years since we’ve done that,” said Davis, the registered student organization manager for LCC’s Student Life Office.
According to Davis, the Mu Tau chapter gained recognition through the events it held throughout this past school year. These included Bra-za, which raised funds for cancer research; creating journals for the children of Ele’s Place, which is a healing center for grieving children and teens; and the College Completion Initiative, which assists and encourages students in completing college.
This recognition, along with essays describing what they learned from the events, made PTK eligible for the awards.
Al Nowak, co-adviser of Mu Tau, was honored with the Paragon Adviser Award at the international convention. He was one of 30 advisers chosen for the award, according to Davis.
In addition, the Mu Tau Chapter placed 10th internationally for the most money raised in a Relay For Life event.
At the regional convention, both the Mu Tau Chapter and its members were honored.
The chapter won the Five Star Chapter award, which is the highest level a chapter can reach within the PTK organization; second runner up for the Honors in Action Project Award; and third runner up for Most Distinguished Chapter Award.
Members who won awards included Davis, who received the Michigan Region’s Distinguished Officer Award and the Regional Scholarship. He also won the individual Five Star Award, as did members Han Seitawan and Heather Miller.
“It was a learning experience for us,” said Anita Reyes the new president of PTK at LCC. “Everything is helping us grow.
“Learning how to do things in a professional manner, learning how to talk to people, learning how to not let your feelings get in the way of business, I think, is a lot of what Phi Theta Kappa has taught us…it’s not something they teach in the classroom.”