Every year, new members and officers of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society are inducted at their home colleges. For SMCCD, it is a long-standing tradition that the PTK chapters of all sister colleges collaborate once a year for this ceremony. This year, Skyline College’s PTK chapter, Beta Theta Omicron, was in charge of hosting the induction ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm in the Fireside Dining Room. This was our chapter’s first in-person induction ceremony after the pandemic. In the induction ceremony, new members and officers from each of the colleges, Canada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College who joined since the fall of 2021 were inducted formally by the chapter advisors. Many of the attending inductees took advantage of the possibility to thank their mentors at the ceremony.

The ceremony began with our college President, Dr. Melissa Moreno giving an opening speech in which she welcomed all the inductees as well as their mentors and family members and highlighted how the PTK Hallmarks, Leadership, Service, Fellowship and Scholarship, are also a foundation of Skyline College. The ceremony was continued by the lead of our Skylines Beta Theta Omicron Co-Presidents, Lasheana Dilian Husni and Kaitlyn Huang; President from Beta Xi Eta of CSM, Alex Bird; and Presidents from Beta Zeta Nu of Canada College, Giovanna Mancinelli, and Anthony Leon Chumpitazi.

PTK advisors Patty Hall of the Beta Zeta Nu chapter, Jennifer Howze-Owens of the Beta Xi Eta chapter, and Susanne Schubert of the Beta Theta Omicron chapter were reading the inductees’ names to come forward and give thanks to one of their mentors. With over 60 inductees and their family members in attendance, the induction ceremony was successfully hosted by the Skyline College PTK chapter. The organizing committee would like to thank the many helping hands that made this event happen: Marco Wehrfritz and the fab lab crew, Tammy Wong, Nadia Tariq, Robert Daleiden, Qimmah Tamu, Bryan Swartout, Annie Trinh, and Emily Hein.

Article by Susanne Schubert

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