Mid launched a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter in 1989—one of nearly 1,300 PTK chapters in 11 nations. Over the past 32 years, Mid’s chapter has earned and maintained the highest level of achievement - a 5 Star Chapter. The mission of PTK is to recognize the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

Six of Mid’s PTK members recently received recognition for their academic excellence at an event hosted by the Michigan Community College Association. Students from 25 Michigan community colleges were recognized for their academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership accomplishments.

  • Halsey Riesburg (Alma), Studying Public History & Museum Studies
  • Courtney Valko (Mt. Pleasant), Studying Nursing
  • John Isaksson (Mt. Pleasant), Studying Nursing
  • Kyle Manchester (Saginaw), Studying Business
  • Robin Papendik (Mt. Pleasant), Studying Nursing
  • Montana Russell (Gladwin), Studying Psychology


(Left-Right):Tammy Alvaro, Director of Student Advancement & PTK Advisor at Mid, Kappa Advisor, Tim Hood, Mid Michigan College President, Halsey Riesberg, Courtney Valko, Terry Petrongelli, Chair of Mid’s Board of Trustees, and John Isaksson.

For more information about Mid’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, visit midmich.edu/ptk or contact Tammy Alvaro, Director of Student Advancement, at talvaro@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6634.

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