It’s been an amazing semester for the Beta Theta Omicron Chapter. This year the chapter received several awards this year! The list includes:

• 2 international awards at the annual convention in Ohio in April
• Distinguished Honors in Action research for their work on integrated play in the community college classroom
• Distinguished chapter award placing Beta Theta Omicron chapter amongst the top 40 chapters in the U.S.
• May Myat Chel Myint, Thanh Nguyen, and Dr. Susanne Schubert received the distinguished chapter member award
• PTK members Kaitlyn Widjaja and Amber Gonzales made the All-California Academic team, 2nd and 3rd team respectively

Congratulations everyone! The chapters work on campus as well as their research efforts made these accolades possible.

This year, the chapter has gone to several conventions and events. The chapter officers attended educational forums and networked with students from across the US. At one conference, the current co-president Lasheana Husni campaigned for the role of international officer for the Division IV and gave a research speech before the entire congregation of over 5000 attendees. Even though the spring was busy with travel activities the chapter also offered a number of events and workshops to the campus community.

The chapter held study skills workshops and invited university representatives to share their specific scholarships for PTK students. Chapter member Erin Denny took the initiative and coordinated the chapter’s participation at the Skyline Earth Fest and shared her passion of foraging and shared recipes on how to make your own pesto from stinging nettles.

In another workshop series, Laura Dickson (VP of College Project) set up the Feel Good Fest. She shared with students how to stretch properly and help with common aches when working and studying on the computer. At another workshop, Prof. Rick Hough shared sustainable and health recipes to nourish the body that are easy to make. Finally, attendees made their own goodie bags with essential oil mixes shared by Erin Denny, resistance band for stretching and much more.

On Thursday, May 11, 2023, another workshop was hosted by Sahil Niwas (VP of Honors in Action) entitled Sexual Abuse Awareness Workshop the theme of this workshop was to spread awareness with support from the Rape Trauma Services on consent, mandated reporters, sexual assault, abuse, and trauma. To wrap up the semester, this Friday, May 12, 2023 from 4- 6pm the chapter will have their final celebration, BOO – Con, in which the officer team looks back on lessons learned and accomplishments gained, as well as thank their supporters on campus. Members will campaign for officer positions and elections will be held. The celebration will end with the installation of the new officer team!

Article by Susanne Schubert and edited by Sha’Kuana Ona | Photos by Susanne Schubert

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