Last Updated on April 21, 2016 by cassnetwork
Thirty-five students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ) Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.
New members inducted during the April 19 ceremony at the Logansport Campus include, from Akron: Brittany Meier; Arcadia: Melissa Scott; Bunker Hill: Mallory Schrock; Burnettsville: Andrew Rider; Burrows: Kayla McClain; Culver: Natasha Harris; Galveston: Jodi Osenbaugh; Flora: Susan Turrill; Logansport: Jessica Boucher, Alexis Carr, Emma Click, Carly Geisler, Chelsea Henn, Yahaira Hernandez, Flor Hernandez-Luis, Mu Lwee, Rick Martinez, Sarah Meyer, Amanda Mutch, Matthew Nelson, Isle Palencia, Peyton Pasquarosa, Courtney Pauley, Cassandra Proffitt, Soledad Tafolla Rodriguez, Julie Vanderbur, and Anjanette Wallace; Lucerne: Austin Beach; Noblesville: Karen Harding; Peru: Denise Benson, Jaime Seitter, Maggie Winans; Wabash: Sherry Wehrly; Walton: Adrienne Ayers and Brooke Chase.
Chapter officers presiding over the ceremony included Carrie Sherer, president; Austin Beach, vice president; Elizabeth Humphrey, secretary. Chapter advisers are Starr McNally, assistant professor and department chair for nursing, and Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair for science.
The chapter’s guest speaker was Beta Gamma Zeta alumna Kourtney Hammitt of Kokomo. Hammitt, who received her Associate of Science degree in Nursing in 2015, focused on two major points in her address to attendees. She emphasized the fellowship and support she received as a Phi Theta Kappa member and officer and also the capacity to make a positive change in our communities. During her tenure as chapter president, BGZ experienced rapid growth and went on to receive numerous chapter awards at the 2015 spring regional conference. Hammitt was honored at that conference as the most distinguished chapter officer in the state for 2014-15.
Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3 million members and 1,275 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors, and most importantly to its student members are unparalleled by any other student organization.