A group of Ivy Tech Community College students and chapter advisers recently attended the annual Nerd Nation International Convention of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in National Harbor, Md. During the April 7-9 conference, students and chapters from across the state were honored with several awards.
Carrie Sherer of Logansport, president of Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter in Logansport, and Natalie Shields of Monon, president of the Alpha Sigma Kappa chapter in Lafayette, both received a Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. Only 30 awards were given out of 369 nominees internationally.
Distinguished Chapter Officers are nominated by the chapter members and advisers and are chosen based on a student’s demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action, other engagement in the society, and enthusiasm for the Hallmarks of the Society which include Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.
Moriah Mercer of Peru, president of Alpha Pi Phi Chapter in Kokomo and a Phi Theta Kappa Indiana Region officer, was one of 12 students named a Distinguished Regional Officer. Moriah was recognized for outstanding leadership, implementing regional goals that support overall Society goals, significant contributions to regional Honors in Action programs, and effectively communicating the region’s program and projects to chapter members.
Two chapter officer teams also received international recognition. They include Alpha Phi Pi of Ivy Tech Kokomo and Beta Gamma Zeta of Ivy Tech Logansport. Members of the winning teams include Angela Bailiff of Greentown, Moriah Mercer of Peru, and Cheryl Collins, Kathryn Einstein, and Nila Myers of Kokomo from Alpha Phi Pi Chapter and Jenna Yeakley of Galveston, Amanda Paradis of Winamac, and Bryan Martinez, Debra Powers, and Carrie Sherer of Logansport from Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter. Distinguished Chapter Officer Teams must be nominated by their chapter advisors. A total of 30 officer teams were recognized out of 195 nominees internationally.
The Ivy Tech Sellersburg Chapter, Alpha Tau Sigma, won an international hallmark award for their College Project. The purpose of the College Project is to establish and/or strengthen a supportive relationship between the chapter and the college administration. The chapter should meet with the college president (or other appropriate administrator) to determine the College Project, which can be anything that supports the college’s mission.
Honors in Action Projects are based on a theme from the Society’s current Honors Study Topic. This year-long project incorporates academic research and analysis, leadership roles and leadership development, action (service or advocacy), collaboration and reflection. The Ivy Tech Warsaw chapter, Beta Zeta Kappa earned a Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award for their investigation of genetically modified foods. Alpha Phi Eta of Ivy Tech Wabash Valley received a Distinguished Honors in Action Award for their exploration of the advantages and disadvantages of free community college. Alpha Pi Eta also received a Distinguished Chapter Award for their work on both Honors in Action and College Projects.
Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter was also honored with four international awards, including Distinguished Honors in Action Award, Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award for their work investigating the use of masks and how their use varies from culture to culture. The chapter also received a Distinguished Chapter Award and was named fourth runner-up for the Most Distinguished chapter in Phi Theta Kappa, making it the fifth-ranked chapter out of 1,285 chapters worldwide.
The Indiana region, led by Indiana Regional Coordinator Leo Studach, was also recognized with a Regional Milestone Award. Phi Theta Kappa regions are recognized with this award for significant accomplishments, enthusiasm among regional chapter and superior achievements throughout the region. Five regions out of 30 internationally were recognized with this award.
Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.