Ivy Tech student elected president of international collegiate honor society

Students win several awards at annual conference

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College student Ryan Austin Palmore was elected International President of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, at the organization’s 94th AnnualInternational Convention last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.

 Selected by majority vote of the 3,600 student delegates at the convention, Palmore, a student at Ivy Tech’s Gary campus, will assist Phi Theta Kappa chapters with honors programming in his new role.   This is the first time an Ivy Tech student has been elected as President of this prestigious organization.

 Ivy Tech student Amanda Bagwell, from the Alpha Phi Pi chapter at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo region, received a Distinguished Chapter Member Award.  Distinguished members are selected based on a student’s embodiment of the Hallmarks of Society through Honors in Action and other chapter activities.

 The Alpha Tau Sigma chapter from Ivy Tech’s Sellersburg campus was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award.  The award is presented in recognition of an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities, promotion of the Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society’s Hallmarks.  The following student officers from the Sellersburg campus were honored: Lana Highfill, president; Brenda Wingham, vice president; Shannon Jackson, secretary; Rachel Cobb, treasurer; Dorothy Higbee, public relations; Sarah Loughmiller, vice president of service; Michelle MacKenzie, vice president of scholarship; Rachel Stuart, vice president of leadership; and Cherlyn Harrison, historian.

 In addition, Ethan Heicher, an Ivy Tech-Kokomo faculty member, received a Paragon Award for New Advisors for his service to the Alpha Phi Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.  Advisors are recognized for significant contributions to the growth of individual members, service to the chapter’s advocate on campus and encouraging the chapter to be involved with local, regional and/or international levels of the organization.

 The Indiana region was one of two regions of Phi Theta Kappa to receive the Continued Excellence Award.  This recognition is awarded to regions that have received the Distinguished Region Award for three consecutive years and has continued to maintain a superior level of programming and structure.

 Founded in 1918 and now numbering 2 million members, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Japan, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau.

Membership is by invitation only, and qualifications include completion of 12 hours of course work leading to an associate degree at an accredited institution and a continuously high grade point average. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in leadership, service and collaborative programs. Membership provides students with numerous programs to develop leadership skills and a commitment to community service.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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