PITTSBURGH-Alpha Mu Theta, the Allegheny Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the Community College of Allegheny County, returned from the international "Catalyst" convention last month in Kansas City with an armload of well-deserved awards. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.
Among the four Hallmark Awards the chapter received are third finalist for the Most Distinguished Chapter, meaning the chapter is the fourth best among the 1,300 chapters in PTK. In addition, the chapter received a Distinguished Chapter award for being among the top 35 chapters. Alpha Mu Theta also received a Distinguished College Project award for the Milton Hall Rotunda renovation and the Library Building lobby and lecture hall renovation projects. Throughout 2017, the students collaborated with college stakeholders to transform Milton Hall's empty rotunda into an innovative technology-enabled gathering space to enhance student interaction and engagement. The Library renovation project, which has similar goals, is expected to be completed this summer.
In addition, the chapter received a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award for the theme of Rights and Responsibilities. As part of the project, designed to draw attention to the issues of housing and food insecurity among college students, the PTK members created a resource guide for students in need of assistance and also presented their findings to the college community. Their efforts were instrumental in raising awareness and support for the creation of a campus food pantry that officially opened last month. The chapter's advisor, Joy LeViere, also received the Paragon Award for New Advisor, which recognizes an advisor's significant contributions to the growth of individual members, service as the chapter's advocate on campus and encouragement of the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and international level of the organization.
The chapter also took first place in the PTK International Video Competition with the chapter's #IAMPTK video, which was produced and written by Alpha Mu Theta members. The students were recognized on stage in front of thousands of their peers and also received a $500 cash award. Additionally, Alpha Mu Theta's Officer of Leadership, Dylan Yee, a CCAC graphic design major, won the second place award for the convention pin design, which was featured at the convention.
At the regional PTK convention held in New Jersey in March, the chapter received the Most Distinguished Chapter Award for the Middle States Region, which comprises 80 chapters in Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The award was based on the chapter's Honors in Action Project and College Project. Also at regionals, the chapter received a 5-Star Chapter Award, which signifies that the chapter has active involvement in regional and international activities or events. Additionally at the regional convention, Alpha Mu Theta Officer of Fellowship Sahara Muhina was elected as the PTK Middle States Region Pennsylvania State President.
For more information about Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, go to ptk.org.
Photo: Pictured, from the left, are CCAC students and PTK officers (2017-2018) at the international "Catalyst" convention: Dylan Yee, Shailja Patel, Surbhi Sharma, Sahara Muhina, Krista Kohr and George Sotiriou.