Piedmont Community College (PCC) inducted 10 new students into the College’s Alpha Upsilon Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society on Friday, December 1, 2023 for the 2022-23 academic year. 

The new members include: 

Ryan Hester, Cassie Jay, Ada Locklear, Bella McAllister, Stacy Medina, Summer O’Brien, Bethany Sox, Stephanie Sutton, Cole Torain and Khaliah Woods.  

During the induction ceremony, PTK co-advisors Walter Montgomery, Dean, Learning Commons and Educational Partnerships; Dr. Matthew Sherman, Instructor, History; and Dr. Chandler Fry, Instructor, English welcomed the inductees into the honor society.  

“The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize the academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders,” Sherman said.  

Chapter President Caleb Pulliam, and officers Cathryn Haynes and Casey Hoke also welcomed the inductees and gave a brief history of PTK along with the meanings of the honor society’s symbols and meanings of the Greek words phronimon, thumos and katharotes, which stand for wisdom, aspiration, and purity.  

PCC President, Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, spoke to the inductees about the power of perseverance. She challenged them to learn from life’s inevitable setbacks and trials.  

“I want each of you to figure out your ‘why’ while you’re here with us at PCC and to let us support you as you persevere to whatever your life goal is,” Senegal said.  

She ended her remarks with quotes from Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” as she encouraged and congratulated the inductees. 

PCC is actively assisting eligible students in becoming a member of this prestigious International Honor Society by offering partial financial assistance for the membership fee. Students complete an application, and they are required to pay a portion of the membership fee, if selected. 

To find out more about how you can help support future Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members, contact Tammy Duncan at (336) 322-2105 or  tammy.duncan@piedmontcc.edu

About PTK: 

For more than 100 years, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has helped millions of high-achieving college students reach their full potential. The group recognizes academic success, as well as offers opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills, earn scholarships, explore career paths, and make their worlds a lot bigger. Learn more at  www.ptk.org

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