DOBSON — The Alpha Xi Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Surry Community College recently held its annual induction ceremony for new members for fall 2015/spring 2016 in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology.
The chapter inducted 13 new members, and the keynote speaker, chosen by the chapter, was Grayson Patton, SCC instructor of Biology. Surry’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jami Woods and Chapter President Madaline Jones welcomed everyone. Meredith Macy and Josh Colvin performed a musical duet. Readers included Co-Advisor of Alpha Xi Tau Sarah Wright and new inductee Lisa Casstevens.
The fall 2015/spring 2016 PTK inductees are: Samantha Atkins of Dobson, Kelsea Beamer of Yadkinville, Rebecca Browder of Westfield, Matthew Cassell of Mount Airy, Haley Casstevens of Jonesville, Lisa Casstevens of State Road, Carol Gause of Mount Airy, Kendra Inman of Mount Airy, Emily Linville of Pilot Mountain, Veronica Sonato Montero of Dobson, Olivia Petras of Ennice, Maria Villicana of Dobson, and Emily Young of Danbury.
PTK does campus service projects and participates in a college-wide service project each year. This year, Alpha Xi Tau conducted a project to bring awareness to the advantages of completing a degree at SCC, and collected approximately 200 signatures for a banner in commitment to degree completion. PTK members also engaged in an annual Honors in Action project by hosting a campus presentation to bring awareness and encourage conversations about rape culture on college campuses.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 130,000 students inducted annually.
For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact PTK’s Faculty Advisor Kennette Thomas at 336-386-3283 or [email protected] or go to www.ptk.org. You can also follow the local chapter at facebook.com/surryPhiThetaKappa.