Apr. 23, 2008
Anne Arundel Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society was named one of the top 100 chapters internationally and garnered numerous other awards at the American Association of Community College’s annual convention in early April in Philadelphia.
AACC’s Omicron Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is the only Maryland chapter listed as one of the top 100 international chapters.
In addition, Don O. Cooke of Pasadena and Christina J. Williams of Glen Burnie, president and vice president of AACC’s chapter, accepted the Milestone Award for the Middle States Region for the best chapter performance this year, moving the chapter from zero to five points (the highest possible) in one year. The points represent successful projects, and the chapter received other awards that built up to that one:
Three Four-Clover awards: Recognition for regional environmental science projects, such as recycling, cleanup and beautification projects; Fellowship for bringing together numerous other chapters on projects; and Achievement for earning all clover sections in one year;
The Red Ribbon Award for the chapter’s work on HIV/AIDS awareness;
The Pinnacle Award for its increase in membership (inducted 355 members last year to become the second largest in the region); and
The Firestone Recognition Award for meeting international achievement criteria.
Cooke and Williams organized many of the activities this year, starting up community service projects, connecting with other PTK groups and buoying up chapter membership. Williams is graduating this year, but Cooke was elected as the Middle Region president for Maryland to oversee all Maryland PTK chapters next year.
To be eligible for Phi Theta Kappa membership, students must have a 3.5 GPA and have completed at least 12 credits toward an associate degree at a regionally accredited two-year college.
For information about the PTK chapter at AACC, call the campus sponsor, Christine M. Storck, assistant director of Student Life, 410-777-2219.