LSC-Kingwood's Alpha Lambda Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa proudly display awards earned at regional and international conventions.
The Alpha Lambda Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) will have to squeeze more awards that they earned at regional and international conventions onto their wall.
Among the numerous awards received, Lone Star College-Kingwood’s chapter earned the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award. They earned this prestigious honor because they have been named a distinguished chapter for three consecutive years. Alpha Lambda Xi is the only chapter to receive this designation with three consecutive top 10’s out of 1,300 chapters.
“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter this year. Many do not understand the huge amount of work that it takes to be a successful chapter at the international level. Our chapter works year round on research, planning, and execution of multiple projects,” said Oscar Ramos, PTK advisor and executive director of technology services at LSC-Kingwood. “We have created an expectation of success and this year’s team not only met that expectation, but they surpassed it.”
At the international convention, the chapter earned second overall in the Most Distinguished Chapter Finalists Top 10 category. They also brought home awards for the Distinguished Honors in Action Project, Distinguished College Project, and the Distinguished Honors in Action Project Theme Award - Theme 2: Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers.
“I believe teamwork allowed us to reach the heights of excellence and perform the extraordinary. Teamwork and dedication to the community is the fuel that allows common people to obtain uncommon results,” said Cydney Thrower, vice president of leadership for PTK. “With this mindset, we were driven with a passion to achieve and obtain the goals which we set." After completion of an associate degree, Thrower plans to attend the University of Houston and major in business.
Mina Jahan, PTK president said “although I participate in service projects to aid others, the distinguishably gratified and relieved faces instill me with enormous self-fulfillment and convince me that I am the true beneficiary.” Jahan plans to pursue a bachelor degree in nursing from either the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston or the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Her dream is to address women's health issues in developing nations through organizations like Doctors Without Borders.
At the regional level, PTK earned second overall in the Texas Top Chapter category. They also received awards for Honors in Action Issues Award of Distinction: Theme 2: Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers, Honors in Action Award of Distinction, College Project Award of Merit, and Five Star Chapter Development Plan: 5 Star Chapter Award.
“A key to our success I believe holds in how each of us are diverse with our range of talents, ideas and abilities, yet we were able to work together as one,” said Michelle Balliet, vice president of service for PTK. “Respect, followed with our drive to excel, is what led our dedicated efforts to produce results that speak for itself.” After earning an associate degree, Balliet will attend Sam Houston State University and major in history.
LSC-Kingwood's Alpha Lambda Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that strives to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Its purpose is to provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
"I chose to get involved in PTK because it offered the opportunity to conduct research as a community college student," said Toul DeGuia Cranmer.
Allison Bogert, vice president of fellowship, joined PTK to continue her goal of being a successful student and becoming an influential leader. “I was determined to be a part of a team that sought to make a difference in my community.”
In addition to the awards, Ramos received the Paragon Advisor Award. This distinction is granted to advisors who demonstrate extraordinary support for their chapters.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world. To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree course work and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college. For more information, visit.
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