International honors society at Saddleback College

Kyle Miller

“The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college student.” www.ptk.org for the hard working Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society to be with. For students with a general GPA of 3.5, completion of 12 hours’ worth of coursework, an invitation and $80 induction fee; The Phi Theta Kappa is your pathway to excellence.

Phi Theta Kappa partakes in numerous gatherings annually, with the international convention generally held in early to mid-April. There have been a total of 92 international conventions for Phi Theta Kappa. International conventions take place in different areas of the United States each year. In 2008 the convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at which some 3,000 Phi Theta Kappa members attended. The 2009 convention was held in April in Grapevine, Texas. Around 4,000 Phi Theta Kappa members attended. The 2010 convention was held in Orlando, Florida with over 3,600 attendees. The 2011 convention will be held in Seattle, Washington. (Information found on Wikipedia)

Upon induction new members are granted special benefits, though some more useful than others, benefits are still benefits. Publicly displayed member benefits include: Transfer Scholarships, free enrollment to the CollegeFish.org website, membership credentials; which include The Golden Key Membership pin, ID Card and membership certificate, Press Release Announcing membership, Phi Theta Kappa Graduation regalia, gold Diploma seal, Transcript notation, letters of recommendation, Alumni Membership, Career Resource Center, Civil Service Jobs Benefit, and what would a society be without Special Offers?

Yearly at the Phi Theta Kappa international convention, members are recognized for achievement in “Hallmark” areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. Elections for the five international offices are also held at the international convention. Arts from across the country are judged as well as the chapters themselves. Entries for other various categories, including distinguished chapter officer, president, and advisor are also judged. The highest scoring in all hallmark categories is named chapter of the year.

The society was established in 1910 at Stephens College, a Missouri two-year women’s college, under the name of Kappa Phi Omicron. The society grew quickly and, in 1918, it became known as Phi Theta Kappa and was organized nationally. In 1924, an amendment to the society’s constitution was passed to include all two-year colleges, regardless of single-sex or coeducational status. In 1929, Phi Theta Kappa was officially recognized by the American Association of Junior Colleges and became the official honor society of two-year institutions. (Information found on Wikipedia)

Phi Theta Kappa, also ΦΘΚ, is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly community colleges and junior colleges.

It also includes Associate’s degree-granting programs offered by four-year colleges. It is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,200 chapters, in each state of the United States, and others internationally.

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