Alpha Phi Eta, the Ivy Tech Community College -- Wabash Valley chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges and universities, inducted its newest members this spring. Over one hundred Ivy Tech -- Wabash Valley students met the criteria to become a member of the oldest, largest and most respected honor society serving two-year colleges around the world and joined the approximately 125,000 students who become Phi Theta Kappans annually.
Those joining Phi Theta Kappa must meet the following criteria: be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5, adhere to the moral standards of the society and have received an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where they are presently enrolled.
The Society's purpose is to recognize and encourage academic achievement among two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Those inducted into Ivy Tech's Alpha Phi Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa from Hendricks, Morgan and Putnam Counties include Brandy Anderson, Nicole Cummings, Brittany Kammerer and Kelly Phillips from Cloverdale; Aileen Briguez of Plainfield; Kristen Capps of Danville; Jennifer Clark, Jamie Hyde, Earl Shonkwiler, Laura Trimble, Paige Truxal, Christine Vandermark and Shannon Wilson of Greencastle; Kimberly Cooper of Roachdale; Joy Liebow of Monrovia; Kristine Jarboe of Coatesville; Robin DiRocco and Kelsey Rissler of Reelsville and Eric Taylor of Fillmore.
Dr. Leslie Stultz, adviser to Phi Theta Kappa and dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Education, said, "This should be a proud moment for these students because they are joining a Society that celebrates student success and will give them leadership and service skills that they can use throughout their lifetime."
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,270 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. It was founded in 1918 by presidents of two-year colleges in Missouri and is modeled after the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa since its founding.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.