BETA IOTA RHO CHAPTER NEW MEMBER INFORMATION SESSION Dr. Stephen A. Housenick – February 26, 2013
PHI THETA KAPPA • Phi Theta Kappa is the officialInternational Honor Society for two-year colleges. • Incorporated in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is now the largest honor society in American higher education. • It has more than • 2 million members • 1,200 chapters NOT a fraternity/sorority
BETA IOTA RHO • Beta Iota Rho is the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Luzerne County Community College. • Our chapter, chartered on December 12, 2000, is a member of the Middle States Region. • Currently, we have 287 members. Happy 10th Anniversary!
REQUIREMENTS • A student must: • be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at LCCC during Fall or Spring Semesters. • have a GPA of 3.5 or better. • have completed 12 hours or more of transfer level courses. Membership is Invitation Only
BENEFITS • As members of Phi Theta Kappa, students receive: • Eligibility for scholarships • including completion scholarships to assist finishing associate’s degree • & many excellent transfer scholarshipsto four-year universities @ $37 million each year
BENEFITS • As members of Phi Theta Kappa, students receive: • Soft skills development: • opportunities for leadership, organization, scholarship, fellowship, community service • The right to wear honor regalia at graduation: • the gold and blue cords • the Golden Stole and tassel
BENEFITS • As members of Phi Theta Kappa, students receive: • Letters of Recommendation • Phi Theta Kappa certificate, transcript notation • Phi Theta Kappa diploma seal • A Golden Key pin • Subscription to Society publications • Press releases
FEES • $65 • 1-time only fee • no further monetary obligations • $55 to PTK • $5 to region • $5 to chapter
SCHOLARSHIPS • Available completionscholarships • Over $37 million in transferscholarships • More than 700 colleges & universities • Free Access to scholarship search engines • College Fish.org • PTK scholarships • listed by state • listed by scholarship
SCHOLARSHIPS • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship • Hites Transfer Scholarship • Guistewhite Scholarship • Leaders of Promise award • All-USA Academic teams • All-State Academic Team (PA)
SCHOLARSHIPS • LOCAL Schools offering PTK scholarships: • Wilkes University • Marywood University • Misericordia University • Keystone College
SCHOLARSHIPS • NEARBY Schools offering PTK scholarships: • Albright College • Dickinson College • Lebanon Valley • Philadelphia University • St. Joseph’s University • Villanova University
SCHOLARSHIPS • Beta Iota Rho scholarship recipients: • Marc Incitti, Mary Buckley, Katie Smith, Emily Lynch, Leah Kowalski, David Fox • All-Pennsylvania Academic Team award • (which has a scholarship for full tuition at any of the colleges part of the PA State System of Higher Learning) • Stephen Swicklick • LCCC's Outstanding Graduate Award of the 2010 Commencement • 2010 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team award
FOUR HALLMARKS The Four Hallmarks of PTK are • Scholarship • Leadership • Fellowship • Service
HALLMARKS in ACTION • Scholarship: • Honors Study topics • Honors in Action projects • Honors seminars • Honors Institute
HALLMARKS in ACTION • Fellowship: • Networking • Chapter meetings • Chapter events • Regional meetings • Annual conventions
HALLMARKS in ACTION • Service: • Chapter events, fundraisers, community service • Recent Events: • Honors in Action Project • Alzheimer’s disease @ Birchwood • Relay for Life • Park clean up • 2011 flood relief – winter weather wear drive
HALLMARKS in ACTION • Leadership: • Active participation in the local chapter • Serving as chapter officer
OFFICERS • Chapter President: Leah Kowalski • VP Service: Dana Williams • VP Leadership: David Fox • VP Fellowship: open • VP Scholarship: open • Recording Secretary: Merissa Sims • Treasurer: open
LEVEL of INVOLVEMENT • What you can. • When you can. • If you can. • No mandatory activity. • This isn’t a CD club or a checking account. • If you pay your fee & do nothing else, you remain a member.
LEVEL of INVOLVEMENT • Still, Service & Fellowship are 2 of our 4 Hallmarks, so we welcome your contributions. • Bake something for a bake sale. • Sell wrist bands for our Relay for Life team. • Donate books or clothes to one of our drives. • Share great ideas for great club activities. • Communicate with members electronically.
APPLYING • 3 Ways to Apply: • Mail to Dr. H • Slip under his office door (#702) • Accept, apply, & pay online @ ptk.org
BEST WISHES • Whether or not your join PTK, • on your impressive academic achievement • and keep up the hard work !