Cedar Valley College congratulates its Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Zeta Omicron, and Jarlene DeCay, Dean of Student Success, for awards received during PTK's international conference held April 18-23, 2018 in Kansas City, Mo.
DeCay was one of 27 administrators to receive PTK's Distinguished College Administrator Award for their support of PTK and its student members. In addition, Dr. Tommy Thompson and Rebekah Rios-Harris were among 15 chapter advisors to receive the Continued Excellence Award.
For the 26th year in a row, Alpha Zeta Omicron was named a Five Star Chapter. It also was named a Top 25 Distinguished Chapter and, for the 21st year in a row, a Top 100 Distinguished Chapter. The chapter was among three recipients of the Distinguished Theme Award - Honors in Action, as well as receiving the Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award.
The chapter officers - Casey Glynn (president), Anna Zavala (VP-scholarship), Vanessa Sotelo (VP-service), Colbey Brown (VP-leadership), James Melcher (VP-fellowship and fundraising), and Cherie Matthews (VP-membership) received the Five Star Competitive Edge Award.
Alpha Zeta Omicron has a long and distinguished history at Cedar Valley College, which includes winning the top international award as Most Distinguished Chapter in 2014 and finishing as first runner-up in 2015 and second runner-up in 2016.
All students at Cedar Valley College are encouraged to join PTK if they meet eligibility requirements. Students who participate in the honors society have been known to receive full-ride scholarships when transferring to four-year institutions.
"PTK and Cedar Valley College are synonymous with each other," said Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, President of CVC. "Our chapter has a rich and storied history, and we look forward to many more years of helping students have enriching and fulfilling academic journeys."