By Sandy Wall
Craven Community College is going to need a new trophy case after the college’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society brought home an amazing 10 awards from the recent Carolinas Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention.
Also at the convention, chapter official Joe Nevels II was elected to a one-year term as Phi Theta Kappa Vice President for North Carolina.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international organization that recognizes the academic achievements of students at two-year institutions. To be eligible, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of curriculum course work at Craven and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
The strong performance by Craven’s chapter at the regional convention comes after an extremely busy period for the organization. The group has grown its membership and has worked hard to increase its profile on campus and in the community.
Over the last few months, chapter members helped commemorate New Bern’s 300th anniversary by researching and recording a series of historical “minutes” that were broadcast on Public Radio East.
Members also designed a series of historical placards to highlight significant figures and events in the city’s history. They’re now working on a historical documentary.
Chapter members have helped out with volunteer projects, both on campus and in the community, and several members have received individual recognition in the form of scholarships and other honors.
Six chapter members and advisor Kate Amerson attended the Phi Theta Kappa regional conference. The 10 awards earned by the group, known officially as the Alpha Phi Nu chapter, were:
- Second Runner-Up for Most Distinguished Chapter (for its busy year of projects and service)
- Distinguished Chapter Award
- Carolinas Super Stars (Earned for participating in all regional events this year)
- Five Star Chapter (the highest level available, up from its previous Three Star level)
- Most Improved Chapter in the Carolinas (for the second year in a row)
- Outstanding Participation in the Carolinas Region Honors In Action Program (for working with youth in educational settings)
- Carolinas Four Gig Challenge (for participating in environmental programs throughout the year)
- Distinguished Achievement in Regional Programs (for its work in the Democratization of Information in History category)
- Paragon Award for chapter advisor Kate Amerson
- Horizon Award for chapter advisor Kate Amerson (for involvement on a regional level)
Chapter President Jimmy Fulcher Jr. said he is proud to see the chapter’s year of hard work receive recognition at a regional level.
“We went to last year’s conference and earned designation as a Three Star Chapter and a Most Improved Award,” he said. “In one year’s time, we’ve gone from that position to one of the most honored chapters in the Carolinas and to having one of our members sitting on a regional board.”
- Phil Knight interviews Kathryn Smaw Amerson and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Students (ksamerson.wordpress.com)