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Wallace PTK Achieves Top National Level for Third Straight Year


Dothan, Ala.Wallace Community College-Dothan’s Omega Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) received recognition recently at the PTK Regional Conference as a Five-Star Level Chapter, the highest distinction an individual chapter may earn. This marks the third straight year Wallace’s PTK has earned such an honor.

The PTK Omega Beta Chapter at Wallace began in 2008 as a One Star Level Chapter. The chapter progressed steadily until first achieving Five Star Level in 2015.

Two-term chapter president, Jessi Helms, could not be more proud of her members, “Earning five-star status takes a village, and we would not have been able to accomplish this feat without engaged membership, a strong leadership team, and tremendous support from our advisors and College administrators,” she said. The conference was held at Enterprise State Community College.

PTK chapters must have five levels of engagement that progress from local community to international involvement. The Five Star Chapter Plan is the roadmap guiding the chapter through the levels. It also serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter and earning recognition. Through PTK, students can enhance their working relationship with the College administration by becoming active on the campus and community, while learning the importance of deadlines and organizational skills.

During the past year, PTK members worked on several service projects. Members collaborated with the House of Ruth and SpectraCare to gain awareness about domestic violence and mental health awareness. The chapter hosted workshops on campus for each of these events. PTK members also launched a social media etiquette campaign across campus. PTK and the Student Government Association held a canned food drive for local rescue missions and worked with Toys for Tots to provide toys for Christmas. And, because degree completion is an important goal for PTK, members held a completion campaign, providing information to incoming students at SOAR sessions.

Ryan Spry, WCCD director, student and campus services, has worked with PTK membership for several years. “I am so proud of our Phi Theta Kappa members for earning Five Star Status for a third straight year,” he said. “These student leaders are the cream of the crop of our student body, and I am so grateful for their contributions to maintaining the highest standard of excellence at the local, regional, and international level."

Being a member of PTK has benefits beyond a bullet point on a resume. It encourages success. About 91% of PTK members in Alabama complete their associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year college. Overall, 57 percent of Alabama PTK members complete a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Wallace hosts PTK chapters on both the Wallace Campus in Dothan and the Sparks Campus in Eufaula. Sparks Campus advisors include Earl Bynum and Jane French. Janet Bradley, Kim McDaniel, Daymesha Reed, and Ryan Spry serve as Wallace Campus advisors.

PTK officers on the Wallace Campus are Jessi Helms, president; Jasmine Grice, vice president of service; Krista Grider, vice president of communication; Anecia Mayes, vice president of scholarship; Teneza McGriff, vice president of fellowship; Gabbi Santora, vice president of leadership; and James Williams, Honors in Action coordinator. Sparks Campus officers are Virmeya Parson, president; Savannah Starling, vice president; and Carolyn Hinton, secretary.

To be eligible for membership in PTK a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (excluding developmental course work) toward an AA, AS, or AAS degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. First-term freshmen who were members of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, recipients of a WCC academic scholarship, or who scored 25+ on the ACT exam may enter into the organization immediately, as provisional members

For more information go to www.ptk.org or www.wallace.edu/PTK.

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