Enhancing the college experience

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is a staple of Schoolcraft

By Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor

ptk1Since June1966, Schoolcraft has been a part of the world’s largest two-year collegiate honor society through Phi Theta Kappa. Over three million members worldwide have been inducted since the creation of the society in 1918 and more are added every semester. Providing chances to serve the community, gain leadership skills, meet new people and create lifelong friendships, Phi Theta Kappa is a benefit to any college experience.

To be apart of this experience and eligible for membership, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher after twelve credit hours of classes completed at Schoolcraft. There is a onetime membership fee of $110. Members who meet service requirements will be eligible for par-excellence membership and receive a $35 refund. To become Par Excellence, members must attend events and fundraisers where they can earn stars.

ptk2After earning six stars, Par Excellence status will have been reached. Typically, members earn ¼ star per hour of service and one star for every $50 raised through fundraising. Also, if members complete the Five Star Competitive Edge online program, they will earn 3 stars. This is a program available through ptk.org that aims to enhance soft skills and personal development, offering members an opportunity to stand out on their resumes.

“Phi Theta Kappa has helped me develop my soft skills in areas such as leadership and communication. Thanks to Phi Theta Kappa I will be able to graduate with honors,” said Phi Theta Kappa President Cole Westwood II.

Another benefit of joining Phi Theta Kappa is the scholarship opportunities that are offered through the society. Currently there are more than 90 million dollar’s worth of scholarships available for eligible members.

A major part of the organization is service to the community it is apart of. Some of the community service projects the society is taking part in this semester are assisting at St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen, The Ronald McDonald House Charities and cleanup efforts in Thayer’s Nature Park in Northville.

ptk3“I really love the feeling of community that this society offers. I have gained leadership skills and had many chances for leadership opportunities as well,” said Vice President of communications James Boyce.

General members are also invited to monthly meetings. The first will be held on Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lower Waterman conference rooms in the VistaTech Center. General members can participate as little or as much as they desire within the society.

Events The club host such as their fellowship day is on Feb. 4 in the Lower Waterman Conference room. Fellowship Day is an opportunity for members to get together and bond by doing activities like board games and icebreakers. Fellowship Day is an easy-going and casual way to meet new people and make friends within the chapter. Anyone is invited to come, whether they are members of the society or not, and by the end of it, everyone will know a few new faces by name.

“I have been apart of Phi Theta Kappa for the two years I have been at Schoolcraft. This is my second semesters as a part of the board. Over this period I have enjoyed getting close with the other members the most and creating new friendships,” said Chairman of Honors in Action (HIA) Elektra Tsakou.

ptk4Fellowship is one of the four major hallmarks of the organization and providing a good experience for members is a priority. The others are leadership, scholarship and service. Phi Theta Kappa will be holding an orientation on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and can RSVP in the Student Activities Office located in the Lower Waterman of the VistaTech Center or by calling the office at 734-462-4422. An entire list of upcoming events for the semester and all community service projects can picked up inside the Student Activities Office. Members can sign up for events at signupgenius.com.

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