Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society organization whose goals are to “recognize and encourage scholarships among two year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship program. ” To be eligible for an invitation to join the international society- a student must be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associates degree program, be enrolled in twelve units of classes and a 3.5 grade point average. Although they require for students to be full time students, part time students who have met all of the academic requirements are also invited to join. In addition, international students are also welcomed, but they must achieve their required GPA, accumulated the number of hours required by the college and posses all rights of citizenship in their native land.
When the organization at Saddleback College got off to a rocky start after being inactive last year, this year- they are composed of 300 current students. Elizabeth Horan, the co-advisor for this year, informs that only the top 10 percent of Saddleback College gets invited to join, that is about 1,000 students that have met the requirements. This semester about 100 joined, and last Friday they were welcomed during the Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony.
“The induction Ceremony is a formal way of welcoming people who wanted to join,” said Horan, who was asked to be the co-advisor last year, but not enough people cared enough for it to become active.
The Phi Theta Kappa induction subcommittee was in charge of putting this event together. The subcommittee includes Chrysanthe Siersbeck, Lori Haris, Mel Fenerci, Rebekah Nixon, Michael Clute, Kelly Scott, Kimberly Velazquez, Claudia Bosch (and her sister), and Adam Williams. “These people are the ones who built Phi Theta Kappa this year, they are all new- eight people who put it together,” concluded Horan. The organization meets the first Friday of every month in SSC 212.