PTK_awardsSkyline College’s Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently attended the Nevada/California Regional Convention held at the Kellogg Center West in Pomona, where the chapter received awards for service completed in the 2013 calendar year. The chapter focused on “Competition and science”, a theme within the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Honors Study Topic “The Culture of Competition,” and Beta Theta Omicron chapter was once again designated the Regional Distinguished Chapter, the highest award that a chapter can receive. Chapter members committed themselves not only to the personal academic excellence but also to the goal of promoting college completion among their peers. In addition, they honed their leadership skills by committing to projects that give back to the community, including a serving on the San Bruno Relay for Life planning committee and working on habitat restoration projects.

Beta Theta Omicron also received the Honors in Action Award for members’ research on introduced plants on Sweeney Ridge. Beta Theta Omicron earned five-star status, the highest rating a chapter can earn. The chapter has earned a five-star rating since it was chartered in 1999.

The Chapter’s Vice President of Operations, Jaimelynn Alvarez, was presented with the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award for her leadership and support for Skyline College students.

“Phi Theta Kappa provides students with the opportunity to research, lead, and socialize. As an advisor, I am proud of what our chapter and student leaders were able to accomplish. They set goals. They worked really hard, and this is just another example that hard work does pays off,” said chapter advisor Christine Case.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the largest honor society for community colleges, has 93 chapters in the Nevada/California Region.

Article by Dr. Christine L. Case