College’s PTK students receive regional and international accolades

04.30.2018 | By Andrea Vasquez

HOUSTON – Student members and faculty advisors of San Jacinto College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society Alpha Gamma Zeta chapter recently received numerous awards at the regional and international conferences.

At the Texas regional conference, PTK Alpha Gamma Zeta was named a Top Texas PTK chapter within the top 16 chapters out of approximately 90 PTK chapters in Texas. PTK student officer, Isabelle Faust was named to the Distinguished Officer Hall of Honor. The chapter also received their 5-Star Chapter Award, the highest award an individual chapter can receive for student and administrator engagement at the regional and international levels through projects and outreach initiatives. They also received the Distinguished College Project Award for developing a collaborative mentoring program with PTK students and the College’s I-Connect Centers, which have resources for students in developmental education courses. PTK faculty advisors Elizabeth McKinley and Lambrini Nicopoulos received the Distinguished Advisor Team Award. McKinley was also recognized for serving as secretary for the Texas PTK Advisory Board and will serve as the vice chair of the Texas PTK Advisory Board beginning next year for a three-year term. Five PTK Alpha Gamma Zeta members also received their 5-Star Competitive Edge pins. San Jacinto College South Campus Provost and PTK alumna, Dr. Brenda Jones, also received the PTK Alumni of Distinction Award.

The annual PTK Catalyst Awards were recently held in Kansas City, Missouri, and celebrated the organization’s 100th year as an international honor society encouraging and celebrating student success. Along with being recognized for their previous regional awards, PTK Alpha Gamma Zeta was also named a Top 100 PTK Chapter out of approximately 1,340 PTK chapters worldwide.

The chapter also received recognition as the Student Organization of the Year at the annual San Jacinto College South Campus Student Engagement and Activities Awards. PTK student president Martha Urdaneta was also named Student Leader of the Year.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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