Red Rocks PTK Honor Society Earns International Recognition

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May 6, 2015

Red Rocks PTK Honor Society Earns International Recognition

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Sigma, returned from their annual international convention with some awards of distinction. 

RRCC’s chapter recently attended the 2015 International Phi Theta Kappa Convention in San Antonio.  It was there that they were recognized as one of the top 30 chapters, from among nearly 1300 worldwide.  Alpha Kappa Sigma was recognized with a Distinguished Chapter Hallmark Award.  To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project Award. Selection of the Distinguished Chapters is based solely on the written entries for these Hallmark Awards. The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories determine a chapter’s overall ranking.  Alpha Kappa Sigma also earned Five-Star Chapter status for the 12th year in a row.  Chapters need to accomplish a comprehensive list of services and programs throughout the year to be recognized at this top level.

Additionally, RRCC President Dr. Michele Haney received a Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. She was among 23 college presidents and campus across the nation who was selected based on outstanding efforts in promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving Board of Directors Chair and President Emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. Dr. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984. RRCC’s officers who attended the convention in San Antonio were Natasha Albrecht, Ty Casias, Carisa Lovorn, and Rebecca Winters. 

“I’m so proud of this team,” said Carolyn Mattern, Advisor for RRCC’s chapter.  “These achievements demonstrate the dedication and leadership of our students, who not only excel in academics, but are committed to serving our community.”

More about Phi Theta Kappa:  Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.  Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students, and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.  Membership into Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation, extended only to students who meet eligibility requirements. Founded in 1918, there are 1,300 chapters worldwide.

More about Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society receiving awards of distinction

Wednesday, May 6, 2015