MCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society achieved a 5-Star ranking from the national organization, moving from a 1-Star status to 5-Star status in just one year. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the International Honor Society of two-year colleges. Alpha Omicron Iota is the local chapter of PTK at Mott Community College.
The Chapter achieved the 5-Star status after making it their priority for the 2016-2017 academic year. “The students focused their energies on the Honors Case Study Challenge, a College Project, and the Honors in Action Project,” said Christine Stoliecki, Associate Professor of Political Science and co-adviser for the Chapter. In addition, members attended the annual convention, held this year in Nashville, as part of the 5-Star requirements.
The international theme for the Honors in Action project was The Way The World Works and Alpha Omicron Iota selected the topic Rights & Responsibilities. “Our students chose to research the Flint Water Crisis focusing on why people in power fail to uphold their responsibility to their constituents,” Stoliecki said.
Modeling the behavior they would have like to have seen in local leaders, the group developed their Honors in Action Project to help address the impact of lead-contaminated water on area children by developing a literacy tutoring and mentoring program at Flint’s Doyle-Ryder Elementary School.
The brainchild of PTK Vice President James Mayfield, the program placed PTK members in the school on a weekly basis to work with children one-on-one, tutoring them in vocabulary and math. PTK President Katie Martin spent four hours every Wednesday at the school, her former elementary school, tutoring students for one of her former teachers. “It was important to me to be there,” she said, “we saw a need that wasn’t being addressed, so we decided to take action.”
The project earned Mayfield the MCC Campus Commitment to Service Award in addition to the 5-Star status from the national PTK organization.
“The leadership of our Chapter is committed to keeping the tutoring program going,” said Mayfield. Volunteer tutors included Chapter board members and four students from the general membership. Competing a 3+1 program at MCC and Northwood University, Mayfield will be on campus to help provide continuity for the program during the 2017-18 academic year.
To be eligible for full membership in the MCC chapter of PTK, students must be enrolled in a program at Mott leading to an Associate’s Degree, have completed 12 credits that count toward the degree, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have full rights of citizenship in their home country.
Since its inception in 1918, the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has recognized academic excellence and more than 1.2 million members have been inducted into the society at 1200 colleges in the United States, Canada, U.S. territories and military installations abroad.
As members of PTK, students are eligible to apply for more than $33 million in transfer scholarships, provided exclusively to Society members by more than 550 senior institutions. They can also take advantage of several internally funded scholarship programs including the Leaders of Promise (for completion of associate degree) and the Guistwhite Scholarship (for completion of baccalaureate degree). Additionally, all members of PTK are automatically nominated for the National Dean’s List, a publication of America’s most outstanding college students.
“Some of our students have earned $10,000 in scholarships through PTK,” said Robbie Pieschke, Assistant Professor of English, and co-adviser for the Chapter. “Our goal for the coming year is to engage more members and provide new opportunities for them to express their leadership, service and fellowship.”
For more about PTK at MCC, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 810-762-5398.