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Calhoun Students Receive International Recognition During the Annual PTK Catalyst Convention

April 24, 2020

The Calhoun Community College Sigma Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) participated in the Annual Catalyst International Convention on April 16 – 17, 2020.

This year’s event was held virtually and featured members from PTK’s 1,300 chapters worldwide. According to Dana Burton, Calhoun’s PTK Sponsor, Students are honored and recognized for accomplishments from the previous school year. Those accomplishments include PTK scholarships, leadership, fellowship, and service to the organization. The convention was originally scheduled to take place in Grapevine, Texas, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to move the event to a virtual platform would ensure the safety and well-being of the PTK members, advisors, donors, and their family and friends.

During the conference, the college’s chapter received two international awards which included Morgan Christ being named the Distinguished Chapter Officer, as well as the Distinguished Officer Team which included the following members: Will Lawrimore, Daymara Ayala, Madeline Anne See, Andrew Escobar, Tamara Thomas, Carly Brady, Ashleigh Starks, Tristan Mariani, Nina Fortier, Morgan Lands, Tatayana Rice, and Morgan Christ. Additionally, Calhoun’s chapter was recognized as one of the top 100 chapters in the world. “The Calhoun administrators, faculty and staff continue to pour out support for our PTK students. As sponsors, we are so proud of the great things our students continue to accomplish for our school’s chapter,” commented April Nunn, Calhoun’s PTK Sponsor.

“Our PTK students work exceptionally hard all year long, they attend weekly meetings over the summer and they plan and execute events and projects prior to the Catalyst Convention,” said Burton. Among other things, the students participate in academic research, problem-solving, critical thinking, service to the school and community with on and off-campus events. They continuously recruit and share the many benefits of PTK membership to their fellow students. The chapter will begin its new year in May using an

online format. For more information about the Phi Theta Kappa program at Calhoun, please contact the advisors at dana.burton@calhoun.edu or april.nunn@calhoun.edu.

All media inquiries should be directed to the college’s public relations office at 256-306-2560 or 256-306-2965.

ABOUT PHI THETA KAPPA

Phi Theta Kappa or sometimes PTK, is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly state colleges and community colleges. It also includes Associate’s degree-granting programs offered by four-year colleges. It is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters, in each state of the United States, U.S. Territories, British Virgin Islands, Marshall Islands, Canada, Germany, Federated States of Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Palau, and Peru.

Phi Theta Kappa’s mission statement: The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.