LANCASTER, TX (April 28) – The Alpha Zeta Omicron Chapter from Cedar Valley College has been named Phi Theta Kappa's 2014 Most Distinguished Chapter out of 1,300 international chapters.
The Most Distinguished Chapter is the highest honor given to a Phi Theta Kappa chapter. The award was presented April 26 during the Hallmark Awards Gala attended by over 4,000 in Orlando, Florida.
"Our Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Cedar Valley has established a well-earned reputation for excellence over the past two decades, and this prestigious award further validates the tremendous work our chapter does on behalf of our students and to promote academic success," said Dr. Jennifer Wimbish, President of Cedar Valley College.
Chapter advisors are Dr. Tommy Thompson, Miyoshi Holmes, Rebekah Rios-Harris and Carolyn Ward. Dr. Thompson and Ms. Rios-Harris attended the awards gala along with representative student chapter officers.
"We are very proud of our chapter and the students who put in the time and effort to ensure that we are meeting the highest standards of excellence possible," Dr. Thompson said. "It's a tremendous honor to be recognized as the best PTK chapter for 2014."
The following Student Chapter Officers also deserve recognition for this award: Tobias Lasco, John Maclean, Denise Martin, Alexis Wilkins, Phillip Washington, Felicia Taylor, Bernadette Washington, and Alexander Mullins.
In the competition for top PTK chapter of 2014, Valencia College of Orlando finished as the first runner-up, while a sister college of Cedar Valley's in the Dallas County Community College District – North Lake College – was fifth runner-up.
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. PTK membership is for students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and have completed 12 hours of college credit courses. Induction is by invitation only. The mission of PTK is to uphold the four hallmarks of the society: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.
PTK members are eligible for a variety of scholarship opportunities, many of which pay a significant amount of tuition when students transfer to four-year universities.
In addition, Cedar Valley's chapter received a Distinguished Chapter Award, a Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award, a Distinguished College Project Award and a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award.
To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter submitted entries for both the Honors in Action Project Award and the College Project Award. The top 10 percent of chapters submitting award entries in both categories were recognized as Distinguished Chapters.
The chapter also received a Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award for Theme One of the Honors Study Topic: It's All in Your Mind: Foundation of Competition/Competition and Psychology, as well as being named a Top 100 Chapter.
The chapter has had a Five-Star chapter ranking for 20 years. In addition, Dr. Wimbish has previously been recognized by national Phi Theta Kappa with the Shirley B. Gordon Award for outstanding college presidents.
A special celebration will be held during the Cedar Valley College Honors Day on May 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the CVC Performance Hall.