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Calhoun to Conduct PTK Induction Ceremony for LCF Students

November 13, 2017

Decatur, AL – Calhoun Community College today announced that the college will conduct an induction ceremony for students enrolled in programs the college teaches at Limestone Correctional Facility (LCF) who have met the requirements to become members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year college students.

A recent revision of PTK’s by-laws by its Board of Trustees and Executive Council members now allows incarcerated students taking classes at community colleges the opportunity to be invited for membership. To be considered for membership, these students must still meet PTK’s requirements of a 3.5 grade point average, with 12 or more completed credit hours and current enrollment in classes.

According to Necia Nicholas, co-sponsor of Calhoun’s Sigma Lambda chapter, 50 students at LCF have qualified and have been invited for membership. “Being able to achieve this while incarcerated provides an impetus for further accomplishments and will serve as a reward for a job well done,” commented Nicholas. “It is our hope that this membership opportunity, with the support of our student members and the College, will help to give these deserving students motivation and skills that will be beneficial throughout their lives,” Nicholas added.

According to Nicholas and Ragan Chastain, co-sponsors for Calhoun’s PTK chapter, the local chapter officers and members voted to waive their portion of the one-time membership fee and requested and had approved the same action from the Alabama Region of PTK. Each new inductee was then responsible for the remaining $60. A call went out to all Calhoun faculty and staff for assistance in paying the remaining fees. “We received an overwhelming response from our Calhoun family, which resulted in the entire $4000 for all 50 students being paid in full!” remarked Chastain.

In addition to Calhoun President Klauber and Calhoun faculty and administrators, others expected to be in attendance at the induction ceremony include representatives from PTK’s international office and representatives from Alabama Department of Corrections.