Wallace Community College Selma’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter receives honors
Article written by Kerry Henderson, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor
The Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Wallace Community College earned several chapter awards and individual honors at the recent regional convention at Enterprise State Community College.
The chapter was recognized for achieving the five-star level in the Five Star Chapter Plan. Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. The Five Star Chapter Plan is the roadmap guiding the chapter through the levels. Chapters use the Plan as a guide for building a strong, active chapter.
The chapter received the Distinguished College Project award for the WCCS Safety Day event that the members hosted on campus. The College Project is designed to help chapters develop a positive relationship with the college administration. The chapter collaborated with campus police, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Sabra Sanctuary, and the Alabama Department of Public Health to hold informative, educational sessions for students during the Safety Day event.
The chapter also completed an Honors in Action project this year entitled, “Pop Your Brand on Social Media.” Chapter members visited classrooms to share dos and don’ts of social media posts. They shared examples of posts that can prevent individuals from being hired or can cause one to be fired from a current job. Students were instructed on how to maintain a positive and professional social media presence.
Based on the scores for the College Project and Honors in Action Project, the chapter received a 2018 Distinguished Chapter award and was named the fourth finalist for the Most Distinguished Chapter in the state. In addition, the chapter received the coveted Milestone Award which recognizes a significant accomplishment and/or renewed enthusiasm among existing regions and superior achievements.
Additionally, the chapter received the REACH Award. This award recognizes chapters focused on Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors. The REACH Rewards program encourages membership by rewarding chapters who achieve or exceed 15 percent for their membership acceptance rate.
Chapter president, Mary Claire White, received the Distinguished Chapter Officer award. This award is based on the recipients’ demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society’s Hallmarks. Miss White was also recognized for reaching the five-star level in the Phi Theta Kappa Competitive Edge program.