by Jaimie Leasure
April 24, 2013
Northampton Community College's Tau Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has earned national recognition as a PTK "Three Star Chapter." Phi Theta Kappa, the nation's premier honor society for community college students, recognizes and encourages two-year students' to achieve academic success. PTK also provides a Five Star development program to recognize chapters that make a significant impact on their classmates, campuses and surrounding communities.
Tau Gama, the Main Campus Chapter of PTK, achieved Three Star status by mentoring incoming NCC freshman and by joining forces with local service organizations and schools including Fountain Hill Elementary School in South Bethlehem. "It was a challenge," says Tau Gamma member Khloud Assran, a political science major from Bethlehem, "but it was worth it."
"Phi Theta Kappa gives me opportunities to practice real management skills," says Nahara Delacruz, who is studying business administration at NCC. Delacruz, who is a member of NCC's Business Club, is part of an active group of PTK officers and student leaders driving Tau Gamma's success this year.
Stacy Beaty, the club's vice president and a biology major from Easton explains, "People join PTK and then stay involved because of the relationships we share with each other. From there, we're able to work together to really achieve a lot."
There are other benefits to PTK membership as well, says Redi Noviandi, a business administration student from Indonesia. "PTK forces me to interact and to deal with people from different cultures. As an international student, it's helped me to become a bit more outspoken."
Tau Gamma, which includes 700 members at NCC, have participated in several events both on and off campus during the school year. These include the MLK debate, a study skills marathon, service at Trinity Arc Soup Kitchen in Easton and information sessions for students who want to learn more about scholarships.
"PTK is introducing me to people I wouldn't meet or become friends with otherwise," says past-president Aaron Calhoun, who is studying to become a nurse at NCC. "I've had great experiences and relationships that I hope to build on for the rest of my life. I can honestly say that PTK is helping to change my life."
For more information about the Beta Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the Monroe Campus, contact Miles Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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