PTK chapter garners 14 awards at regional conference


by Sandy Wall

The awards keep coming for Craven Community College‘s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society.

The group brought home an amazing 14 individual and group awards from the recent Carolinas Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Students from Craven Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter join faculty members and administrators to show off the 14 awards the group brought back from a PTK regional conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Photo by Nancy Childs)

This year’s strong showing comes just a year after the chapter garnered 10 awards at the regional convention.

Chapter leaders say they are proud of the strong performance and of the work that PTK members are doing on campus and in the community.

“Phi Theta Kappa is focused on community involvement and service,” said Marlena Brokob, chapter president. “It shows our college’s commitment to academic success and excellence, both in and out of the classroom.”

Phi Theta Kappa is an international organization that recognizes the academic achievements of students at two-year colleges. 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.

Craven’s chapter has been extremely busy in recent years. It has grown its membership and has worked hard to increase its profile on campus and in the community.

The chapter helped to commemorate New Bern‘s 300th anniversary by researching and recording a series of historical “minutes” that were broadcast on Public Radio East and by creating a popular video documentary titled “Voices of New Bern.”

Chapter members have helped out with campus and community volunteer projects, and several members have received individual recognitions in the form of scholarships and other honors.

Seven chapter members joined chapter advisors Kathryn “Kate” Amerson and Pamela Baldwin at this year’s PTK regional conference. The 14 awards earned by the group, known officially as the Alpha Phi Nu chapter, were:

  • Carolinas Superstar Award (for distinguished achievement)
  • Hall of Honor (for former PTK member Jimmy Fulcher Jr.)
  • Hall of Honor (for former PTK member Antonio Bryant)
  • Honors in Action Regional Project Award (regional recognition for the chapter Foreign Language Study)
  • Hand in Hand Regional Service Award (for its community involvement after Hurricane Irene)
  • Carolinas Region Distinguished College Project (for hosting a Scholarship Fair on Nov. 15, 2011, at the New Bern Campus)
  • Horizon Award (for chapter Advisor Kathryn Amerson)
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer (for former PTK President Jimmy Fulcher Jr.)
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer (for former PTK Secretary Antonio Bryant)
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project (for the “Voices of New Bern” documentary)
  • Distinguished Achievements in Regional Programs of the Two-Year Colleges (for its community service and leadership achievements)
  • Five Star Chapter Development Plan (for reaching and maintaining its status as a Five Star chapter)
  • Distinguished Chapter (for combined scores of the College Project and Honors in Action project)
  • Most Distinguished Chapter in the Carolinas Region, First Runner Up

Brokob said chapter members are staying busy. The group is involved in a number of activities, and there are plans for PTK leaders and members who are traveling to South America in May to create a “Voices of Peru” documentary as the 2012 Honors in Action project.

Brokob said she is happy the chapter has remained strong, even as many of its most active members have moved on to four-year universities or other endeavors.

“In recent years, the chapter has been very active,” she said. “I’m proud that we’ve been able to keep the momentum strong and build on their work.”

Sandy Wall is the public information officer at Craven Community College. He can be reached at


Voices of New Bern Premieres on June 23


Voices of New Bern, a documentary by members of Phi Theta Kappa and students in Humanities 160, will première on Thursday June 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.    The event will take place in Orringer Auditorium on the campus of Craven Community College.    This film is supported by the Richard Chapman Cleve Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, and the Walmart Community Grant.   

Voices of New Bern captures some of the city’s history from the Reconstruction period following the American Civil War to the Great Fire of New Bern in 1922.  Prominent figures such as Abraham Galloway, Emeline Pigott, Sarah Dudley Pettey, Oscar Marks, Bayard Wooten, Caleb Bradham, and Blanche Rivers are discussed.  Interviews with Dr. David Cecelski, Dr. Glenda Gilmore, Mr. Nelson McDaniel, Mrs. Mary Peterkin, Mrs. Mary Randolph, and Mrs. Blanche Rivers were conducted to reveal voices from New Bern’s history.  Music for the piece was composed and performed by Helen Sims Smaw.

The première is open to the public.   A question and answer session will follow.