Ranking is the highest a chapter can receive.
Johnston Community College’s Beta Zeta Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has achieved five-star status, the highest level of engagement offered by the international honor society for two-year colleges.
Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. The Five Star Chapter Plan is the roadmap guiding the chapter through the levels. Chapters use the Plan as a guide for building a strong, active chapter.
“This is an immense honor,” said Lisa Draughon, PTK co-advisor at JCC. “We’ve come a long way over the past few years, and the goal will be to continue building and growing our chapter and maintain our five-star status in the future.”
Shenan Lee Higgins, PTK vice president, said the club worked tirelessly the past two years to move the chapter from one-star status to five-star status.
To achieve five-star status, colleges must meet a rigorous set of requirements, including the submission of an Honors in Action Project as well as a College Project. They must also attend the annual convention, honors institute, or international advisors educational event.
For their projects, JCC students researched beauty versus vulgarity with a spinoff of the popular game Cards Against Humanity. They also developed a final exam cram jam which offered extended library hours, tutoring, and quiety study time for students the week before finals.
“In 2015, we went to regionals for the first time and we saw all the other chapters being recognized. It really motivated us and we decided that’s what we wanted so we came back and went to work.”
JCC received its five-star status recognition in March at the Carolinas Regional Conference.
Draughon said she’s excited about the future for JCC’s PTK and the excellent leadership, scholarship, research, fellowship, and service opportunities the organization provides its members. The club will work hard this upcoming year to secure funds to attend the national convention in 2018.
“These students are getting real experiences in research, service, fellowship, scholarship, and leadership,” she said. “PTK is building character, team spirit and teamwork in our students. It’s a really good organization, and we’re excited about the future.”
JCC’s PTK elected new officers for the 2107-18 academic year. They are Casey Sanders, president; Emma Creech, vice president of research; Jessica Thomas, vice president of member relations; Sterling Summey, recording secretary; and Samantha Matthews, secretary of public relations.
For more information about PTK @ JCC, please contact Draughon @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cut line: Beta Zeta Theta chapter president Jordan Prosser presents the Phi Theta Kappa 5-Star Chapter Award to JCC President Dr. David Johnson.