Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Parkland College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society was recognized with top international awards during Phi Theta Kappa's 99th International Convention, held in Nashville, Tennessee, April 6-8.The school's Alpha Psi Eta chapter earned the society's Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award, for being one of its Top 30 Distinguished Chapters, three years in a row. Distinguished chapters are among the highest scorers in College Projects and Honors in Action Projects worldwide. Alpha Psi Eta was the only chapter from Illinois to receive this award, the chapter's second such distinction, and was one of only 10 chapters overall to attain Beta Alpha Continued Excellence status.Active on Parkland's campus and in the community, Alpha Psi Eta also earned the Five Star Chapter Award for highest involvement in local, regional, and international activities or events. Other international distinctions for the chapter included the following:
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has more than 2.5 million members and almost 1,300 chapters located in all 50 United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, Palau, and Peru. Annually, more than 100,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa's mission is twofold: To recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship, the four hallmarks or the Society.
- Recognition as a Top 100 Chapter, among about 1,300 chapters worldwide.
- Honors in Action Hallmark Award, for its research work on the society's current Honors Study Topic "How the World Works: Global Perspectives," which culminated with the chapter's speaker series, "How to Build a Business." Alpha Psi Eta was one of only two chapters from Illinois to receive the award.
- Honors in Action Theme Award, for having one of the three best Honors in Action submissions in their selected theme, "Individualism and Collectivism." Alpha Psi Eta was the sole recipient of the award from the state and one of only 24 chapters worldwide to receive this award.
- The Continued Excellence Advisor Award, given for sustained Distinguished Advisor recognition, went to chapter advisor and Parkland College faculty member Lori Garrett. Professor Garrett was one of only 18 recipients this year.