STLCC PTK Chapters Earn Hallmark Awards
Two campus honor society chapters at St. Louis Community College earned Hallmark Awards from Phi Theta Kappa in April. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards winners were announced via videoconference.
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges.
STLCC-Forest Park’s Xi Epsilon chapter earned three Hallmark Awards. Xi Epsilon earned Five Star Status for its Five Star Chapter Plan. To earn this award, a chapter must develop a five-step plan that includes creation of a comprehensive Honors in Action research/activity/collaboration project and get involved at the international level.
The chapter also earned a Distinguished College Project Award. The award recognizes a project that establishes a supportive relationship between the chapter and its college administration to address a campus need. The project can be anything that supports the college mission. Xi Epsilon’s project, “Student Engagement and Retention Survey,” was guided by Forest Park President Julie Fickas.
Xi Epsilon also was named a Top 100 Chapter, presented to chapters based on their Honors in Action and College Project scores.
STLCC-Wildwood’s Beta Rho Epsilon chapter earned Hallmark Awards for chapter achievements and individual recognition.
Beta Rho Epsilon earned the Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award -- Theme 1 Network of Life. The project must incorporate academic research and analysis, action (service or advocacy) and impact. Beta Rho Epsilon’s project, “How Has Climate Change Affected Local Plant Life,” raised awareness about climate change and the ever-pressing need to protect the planet.
Beta Rho Epsilon also was named a Top 100 Chapter.
Individually, Kristine Klein received a Distinguished Member Award. The award is presented to an individual who embodies the PTK Hallmarks through Honors in Action and other chapter activities.
Stephanie Church received a Paragon Award for New Advisors. It is presented to an advisor with less than four years of service for their efforts to support the growth of individual members and advocate for the chapter. Church serves as the coordinator for campus life and college transition at STLCC-Wildwood.
Beta Rho Epsilon, as well as the Pi Kappa (STLCC-Florissant Valley) and Xi Lambda (STLCC-Meramec) chapters, also earned Five Star Status. Those honors were announced at the Missouri’s PTK Regional Conference.