Colleen Noble, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, said the benefits of joining PTK greatly outweigh the cost of membership.
Phi Theta Kappa students are eligible to apply for scholarships for fall and spring competitions, said Noble. From our previous competitions we have had a New Century Scholar, Oklahoma All-American Team members, and a Coca-Cola Leader of Promise, among other notable scholars. They also have valuable transfer opportunities to four-year universities, which include a tuition scholarship.
The spring induction ceremony began with the invocation from student Jay Mayes, followed by a welcome message from Julie Dinger, Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Assessment & Curriculum.
As a special guest speaker, former President of the Mu Chi Chapter of PTK, Tiffany Geisler, a Connors State graduate and current RN and BSN, spoke to the inductees and their well-wishing friends and family in attendance about the importance of committing to graduating and achieving your goals. Geisler was instrumental on implementing the C4 program at Connors State, which stands for Community College Completion Corps, a student led, campus-based effort to increase student success by informing all students about the benefits of completing a degree and the consequences of not.
As a result of the national C4 campaign, hundreds of thousands of community college students have pledged to Commit to Complete accepting responsibility for completing their degrees and promising to help at least one other student complete.
In tradition of the ceremony, the new inductees lit a candle, signed the membership book and recited the members pledge, solidifying their place in the Mu Chi chapter of PTK, led by Colleen Noble and Whitney Ousley, Vice President of Fellowship for Mu Chi and current nursing student. The membership of the organization is exclusive, and only two percent of all college students are invited to join.
Noble said membership of Phi Theta Kappa will be listed on a students transcript and can be used on a resume for employment. Students even have the opportunity to receive a letter of recommendation from the Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters.
In closing, Dr. Ron Ramming, Sr. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, assured the students and their families that each student in attendance was on the right path and that the key to success lies within education.
Kylie Phillips, previous chapter president of Mu Chi and current Ms. Connors gave a farewell to Colleen Noble, presenting her with a heart filled message and a gift of appreciation.
It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as the PTK advisor, said Noble. We truly have the best and the brightest students.
Mu Chi Chapter Inductees: Krysta Aich, Jeralyn Armstrong, Mikyla Burns, Katie Clinton, Jordan Cochran, Donna Davis, Zalin Edwards, McKenzie Emory, Kristie Gines, Harold Goodman, Rebekah Harlin, Ashley Herrell, Kassandra Hicks, Lauren Hogner, Randy Hopson, Sarah Hughey, Byron Hunt, Raney Johnson, Sherry Johnson, Kassie Kilgore, Nickie Kraft, Tristine Laffoon, Jedediah Leavell, Kiyam McIntosh, Nicole Morenzoni, William Muse, Jr., Micaela Norment, Robert Pille, Paige Raby, Katelyn Rogers, River Rolston, Jaci Upton, Kierra Warrior, Justin Wasson, Dane West.