LCC PTK wins awards; seeks members
By Jaime Bozack
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for two-year colleges that spreads across all 50 states and across the globe.
At LCC, the group is focused on promoting academic excellence as well as bringing students and administration together, according to first-year LCC PTK President Jerod Clover.
“The goal of the group is to make a difference in the community, grow as individuals and win awards at the national and regional conferences,” Clover said.
Phi Theta Kappa is focused on four hallmarks: scholarships, fellowship, leadership and service.
Clover said all students with a 3.5 GPA are welcome to join.
Clover has been president of Phi Theta Kappa for a month. He said he is trying not to go mad with power.
“I have been involved since August when former PTK President Anita Reyes recruited me from Early College,” Clover said. “I was just a new kid that nobody knew and everyone was so supportive on getting me trained to become president.”
Clover said LCC’s PTK would not be the group it is today without Reyes.
“Anita built up the chapters and recruited almost every member,” Clover said. “We started with three people to now having a full officer board and people competing for spots.”
Members of LCC’s PTK recently attended the regional conference in Kalamazoo and the national conference in San Antonio. According to Clover the LCC group brought home five awards from regionals and members have high hopes for next year’s nationals.
“When we won the awards at regionals it really meant a lot because it validates a lot of accomplishments and gives us hope for the future,” Clover said. “Last time we went to the national conference we didn’t win anything. Next year they are all going to know our chapter.”
Clover said he encourages students to get involved with PTK.
“I have experienced a lot of personal growth through Phi Theta Kappa and the people in the group are amazing,” Clover said. “Being around other people with high academic standards really pushes you to be the best you can be.”
Alexis Visser, college project coordinator for PTK, said she found out about Phi Theta Kappa through a friend. She said she enjoys being involved.
“I love how close we all are and how great we all work together,” Visser said. “I consider them one big happy family that is slightly dysfunctional.”
Visser said PTK has a lot of fun events planned for the fall semester. Students interested can attend a PTK meeting every Friday from 2 until 5 p.m. in room 214 of the A&S building.