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  • Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members

  • Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Lake Region State College held its induction ceremony April 26 in Chautauqua Gallery.

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  • Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Lake Region State College held its induction ceremony April 26 in Chautauqua Gallery.
    New students inducted include:
    Trey Benson, Maddock
    Brandi Corday, Cando
    Quinn Dalziel, Devils Lake
    McKenzie Darling, Langdon
    Cody Eckes, Devils Lake
    Matt Erickson, Langdon
    Joseph Gilliland, Cando
    Shana Halldorson, Devils Lake
    Brittany Hamilton, Devils Lake
    Samantha Hoyt, Langdon
    Josie Klein, Rugby
    Chelsea Kurtz, Devils Lake
    Brett Leben, Devils Lake
    Bailey Lunday, Devils Lake
    Steve Mudra, Rugby
    Max Nettell, Devils Lake
    Sam Nettell, Devils Lake
    Cheslyn Peterson, Devils Lake
    Kyle Robbins, Devils Lake
    Alyssa Visby, Devils Lake
    Heather Vondal, Minnewaukan
    Sharisa Yri, Minnewaukan
    Each chapter has the opportunity to recognize someone not eligible for membership to receive an Honorary Member pin and certificate. This year, the Beta Pi Upsilon Chapter presented President Mike Bower with an honorary membership. He joins Dan Johnson, LRSC registrar, who received the honor in 2010.
    The new members join other LRSC students in PTK: Briar Comer, Sheyenne; Kelsey Davis, Litchfield, Minn.; Lexi Erickson, Fordville; Lily Gannon, Warwick; Kayla Girodat, Langdon; Shelby Hageness, Rugby; Lori Nelsen, Leeds, and Eric Henry, Nicole Johansen, Brooke Leiphon, Samatha Otto, and Taylor Senger, all of Devils Lake.
    Officers for 2012 also were installed. They are Josie Klein, president; Brooke Leiphon, secretary and public relations; Joe Gilliland, vice president of membership; and McKenzie Darling, student senate liaison.
    Established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.
    Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in 50 United States, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
    Students enjoy many aspects of PTK, said advisor Teresa Tande.
    “There are many leadership and scholarship opportunities for students involved in PTK. They participate in Five Star Competitive Edge, which is a professional development plan to enhance your leadership, communication, critical thinking, and team building skills. Students develop a portfolio that they always have the ability to access.”
    Students can utilize resources within PTK to find the right transfer university. One program, CollegeFish.org is PTK’s comprehensive college completion and transfer planning program.
    “I call it the eHarmony for choosing the perfect transfer university,” Tande said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Phi Theta Kappa members may request letters of recommendation to college admissions counselors and potential employers. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, students who were members of PTK also are given the opportunity to upgrade their applications in federal employee pools.
    Students are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa if they have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, have completed 12 to 15 credits, and are enrolled in a degree plan. They pay a one-time lifetime due.

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