Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) recently held their Michigan Regional Convention May 17-19, 2019.More than 140 student leaders and advisors from 18 community colleges gathered at Glen Oaks Community College in Centerville, Michigan to celebrate PTK’s mission—to recognize the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.
At the Convention, former astronaut and lunar module pilot for Apollo 13, Fred Wallace Haise, Jr., was the featured speaker. All seven Mid PTK members who attended received special front row seating at the event.
Haise is a member of PTK and wore his membership pin when he went into space. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the moon. When asked by one member of PTK, “What was your greatest take away as a member of Phi Theta Kappa?” Haise answered, “It was what I had to do to get in to the Honor Society that mattered the most.”
Students must earn a minimum 3.5 Grade Point Average and complete at least 12 credit hours at Mid before being eligible to join PTK—requirements that demonstrate a commitment to success.
At the convention, Mid student Myles Conroy participated in elections for the 2019-2020 Michigan Region Officer Board. Each candidate was required to give a speech on PTK’s Honors Study Topic: Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change, answer questions from a panel of current officers, and greet PTK members and delegates at a political-style rally.
Mid graduate Sarah Kohler also participated, and was elected to the office of Public Relations/Historian for the Michigan Regional Alumni Board.
“I’m so proud of our students for striving to become leaders within the PTK organization. These posts require additional dedication and effort above and beyond the energy these students are already putting into their studies and futures,” shared Tammy Alvaro, PTK Advisor and Director of Student Advancement at Mid.