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Cape Cod Community College’s Honor Society Gains National Recognition And High Praise from President John Cox

At the monthly gathering of the College community known as “College Meeting,” Cape Cod Community College President John Cox, today (Monday March 6, 2017), happily asked the members of the faculty and staff to join him in congratulating the student members and faculty advisor Prof. Kate Martin, of Alpha Upsilon Mu chapter Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), for earning national recognition as they reached out to new members and grew the chapter this past year. Alpha Upsilon Mu Chapter has been named a 2017 REACH Chapter and will be receiving special Phi Theta Kappa graduation stoles to be worn during Commencement, celebrating the milestone of College completion, and encouraging other students to complete as well.

According to its National President, Phi Theta Kappa launched REACH Rewards last year, designed to recognize and reward Phi Theta Kappa chapters that excel in the area of membership development. In making the announcement of CCCC’s Chapter honors, Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Ph.D., stated, “We believe strongly in the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and want as many students as possible to receive the benefits of membership—benefits including scholarships and increased opportunities for engagement with their peers and key faculty members on campus—which lead to higher rates of completion among our members.”

Local Chapter Advisor Prof. Kate Martin explained that it was a true “team effort.”

“We bought "Ask Me About PTK" buttons, that the officers: Sam Lamoureux, Amanda Perry, Cristina Vazquez, and December grads Brittany Packard and Leon McCall, and I wore during the membership campaign. We relied on word-of-mouth, and focused on the personal connection, even putting little notes in membership invitation envelopes.”

“It is truly outstanding to see such initiative rewarded. I’ll look forward to seeing those distinguished PTK Stoles at Commencement this May,” concluded President Cox.

PTK is the international honor society of all Associate Degree granting colleges around the world.  Students must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for membership, and then must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA to remain a member in good standing. Far more than simply an academic honor society, PTK emphasizes the importance of four hallmarks: Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship, and Service, and challenges each of its members and all of its chapters to excel in all areas, both on and off campus.

Alpha Upsilon Mu Chapter has been in existence since 1991. Its members support the College by volunteering as tour guides, event ushers, peer tutors, as well as organizers of their own events. The Chapter presents its “Golden Apple Award” annually to an outstanding faculty member selected by its membership.