(Release: July 31, 2012) - The Pi Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Hagerstown Community College recently received special recognition for fulfilling all requirements to be named a “Five Star Chapter.” This distinction came during the regional convention of the Middle States Region which encompasses Md., Pa., N.J., Del., and Washington, D.C.
HCC earned the Five Star level through successive achievement of items defined in the Five Star Chapter Development Plan. These include specific goals related to growth of the chapter, improved student engagement, and enhanced relationships with college administration. A large portion of the development plan also includes participation in the Honors in Action programming established by PTK’s International Headquarters.
HCC’s PTK 2012-2013 officers include Rick Howe as president, Andrea Theodoru as executive vice president, Allie Villatoro as recording secretary, Eric Wiles as treasurer, Allen Calvert as vice president of fellowship, Carol Seipler as vice president of leadership, Heather Geary as vice president of service, Melissa Fleming as public relations officer, Ted Kaiser as SGA liason, and Leann Tomlin as fundraising officer. Staff and faculty advisors are Sherry Donovan and Jennifer Szczesniak.
“The 2011-2012 team worked hard to achieve this level of excellence. I am quite proud of the dedication shown by my officers and members who helped with this, as well as the support from the staff, faculty, and administration of HCC,” said Howe. “We are very fortunate for the 2012-2013 year to have several returning officers who have already been hard at work this summer. I fully expect Pi Theta to retain this rating for 2013. Keep an eye out for great things to come from HCC’s honor society during the upcoming academic year.”
The chapter was also recognized for this award at PTK’s annual convention which took place in Nashville, Tenn., in April. A record 587 international chapters and 4,030 members attended the 2012 Annual Convention. When Pi Theta members returned and shared their experience, many more expressed a strong desire to attend next year’s convention in San Jose, Calif.