OWENSBORO, Ky. — Owensboro Community & Technical College will welcome 60 new students into the Alpha Xi Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. New members will be inducted at a ceremony held on campus at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Blandford Lecture Hall, in the Humanities Building on the Main Campus at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro.
In addition to the pledge ceremony, current officers will speak to the new members. Officers of the local OCTC chapter are Preet Patel-President, Madison Willoughby-VP Fellowship, Delaney Bond-VP of Service, Nolan Fleming-Public Relations, Ethan Calvert-Secretary, Camille Roberts-Vice President, Emma Roberts-Treasurer, Kaley Payne-VP Scholarship, Kennedi Owens-Vice President, Alexis Jackson-Vice President. OCTC’s chapter has been active since 1988 and the advisors are Dr. Tim Dick, Ceary Crisp and Nikki Wimpelberg.
OCTC’s new candidates for membership in the Alpha Xi Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa include the following: Jessilynn Embry, Mia Griffith, Justin Kurz, Katie Fitzgerald, James Rapier, Layni Roberts, Preyas Patel, Ryan Huff, Bukasa Kalambayi, Camryn Stahler, Miriah Hamblen, Logan Royalty, Ryan Remole, Kenna Ebelhar, Nancy Kalambayi, Jennifer Cameron, Kaseka Kalambayi, Stephanie Moses, Timothy Villafranca, Ashlie Fisher, Beth Reeves, Carlee Hanger, Haley Fitzgerald, Jamie Pauley, Jordan Fuller, Kaitlynn Green, Laura Ramburger, Michael Edge, Sadie Mckeon, Jarrett Goetz, Telea Garrison, Toby Morris, Whelan Skinner, Austin Ellis, Cadence Tipton, Garrett Gargus, Grace Ash, Kristen Head, Mariah Dewitt, Andrea Bartlett, Andrea Johnson, Joseph Wilson, Kaylee Miller, Mckenzie Thompson, Serenity Hinton, Stephen York, Adrian Woodruff, Heath Bulich, Mackenzie Gaynor, Megan Frailey, Peyton Clark, Alison Burden, Anna Brown, Bailey Millay, Daniel Richards, Emily Alvey, and James Beard.
In addition to recognizing the academic success of students, the local chapter works on community service projects and has a longstanding research project to find a cure for polycystic kidney disease.
Membership is offered to students enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate degree program. Students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree, and part-time students are eligible. Students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or greater and be invited by their school of record to participate.
“Phi Theta Kappa is a great way for students to connect with our faculty through research projects, with other students, and with our community through service projects. There are additional opportunities for leadership and to earn scholarships,” said OCTC President Dr. Scott Williams.
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