Ivy Tech students, staff and faculty honored at national Phi Theta Kappa convention

Students win several awards at annual conference

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College students, chapters, alumni, faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements during the Phi Theta Kappa annual convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26. More than 70 Ivy Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff participated in the annual convention of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges.

The following awards were presented:

Top 100 Chapter Award
Alpha Phi Pi Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Kokomo

Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award
Alpha Rho Tau Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Columbus/Franklin

Distinguished Chapter Officer Award
Harmeet Kaur, Alpha Upsilon Tau Chapter Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Central Indiana

Distinguished Chapter Member Award
Christina Pifer, Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Logansport

Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction
Dr. Rita Shourds, Chancellor – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Southern Indiana

Distinguished College Administrator Award
Ms. Tina Gross, Campus President – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Franklin

Continued Excellence Advisor Award
Rebecca Allen, Alpha Rho Tau Chapter Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Franklin

Paragon Award For New Advisors
Dr. Leo Studach, Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Logansport
Dr. Cynthia Rickert, Alpha Upsilon Tau Chapter Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Central Indiana

Alumni Award of Appreciation
Rhonda Cantu, Alpha Upsilon Lambda Chapter Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Muncie

Regional Coordinator Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Carey Treager Huber, Indiana Regional Coordinator – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Office of the President

Five Star Chapter Plan Recognition:
Alpha Phi Pi Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Kokomo
Alpha Rho Tau Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Columbus
Alpha Tau Sigma Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Southern Indiana
Alpha Upsilon Tau Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Central Indiana
Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Logansport

Four Star Chapter Plan Recognition:
Alpha Phi Theta Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Evansville
Alpha Rho Sigma Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Bloomington
Beta Zeta Kappa Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Warsaw

Three Star Chapter Plan Recognition:
Alpha Phi Eta Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Terre Haute
Alpha Upsilon Omega Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Richmond

Two Star Chapter Plan Recognition:
Alpha Tau Omicron Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – South Bend
Beta Gamma Tau Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Lawrenceburg

One Star Chapter Plan Recognition:
Alpha Phi Omega Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – East Chicago
Alpha Psi Lambda Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Madison
Alpha Sigma Kappa Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Lafayette
Alpha Tau Xi Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Fort Wayne
Alpha Upsilon Lambda Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – Muncie

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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