Illinois Valley Community College recently inducted 55 students from the fall semester into its Rho Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Students must achieve a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for membership.
Inductions were held in both an informal afternoon ceremony and a formal evening ceremony that included Director of Community Relations and Development Fran Brolley as guest speaker. The induction was followed by a fellowship reception.
Local inductees include: Michael Lotspeich of Bradford; Ali Braboy of Dalzell; Jennifer Wick of DePue; William Duncan, Maribel Guerero, Maria Garrido and Mia Serafini of Mark; Ashley Rosales of Mendota; Jamie Sloan of Princeton; Ashley Gonzalez, Hanna Kosciewicz and Luisa Messina of Spring Valley; Natalie Pennock and Hailey Schindel of Tiskilwa; and Lisa Elmore of Wyanet.
Established by two-year college presidents in Missouri in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society has grown into the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany.
PTK recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official recognized honor organization for two year colleges.
PTK president is Tabitha Darnell of Princeton. Vice presidents are Addie Margis of Cedar Point, Layne Zens of Granville, Jessie Winchel of LaMoille, Ahmed Seyam of Lostant, Abby Jeppson of Peru and Braiden Skinner of Wenona. PTK faculty advisors are LeeAnn Johnson and Eric Schroeder, IVCC biology instructors.