News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

May 13, 2013

York Tech's Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Named a Top 100 Chapter

ROCK HILLYork Technical College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named a Top 100 Chapter at the organization’s international convention in San Jose, California, last month. The honor was in recognition of the quality of the chapter’s projects during the year—both on and off campus.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges with nearly 1,300 chapters worldwide. Faculty sponsors for the York Tech chapter are Karen Hedgepeth and Viji Padmanabhan.

The chapter was also recognized as a Five Star chapter during the convention.

One series of successful projects the chapter completed was called “Staying the Course,” which focused on student success. Phi Theta Kappa members distributed information about important campus resources to first-time York Tech students. And during the college’s Welcome Back Blast in August, the chapter initiated an informational campaign to the general student population about available resources and asked the students to sign a pledge to complete their programs of study.

Just last week, the chapter presented three Excellence in Teaching awards to instructors, nominated by their students and voted on by members of the chapter.

Another ambitious chapter project was the creation of the “American Economic Initiative,” designed to expand networking opportunities for small business owners and showcase their products and services on a website the chapter created. The website details the products and services of 13 businesses.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

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