Nearly two dozen Community College of Aurora students were inducted into the Alpha Pi Pi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society during a recent ceremony at the college.
The ceremony featured a procession of inductees, as well as a welcome from Dr. Matt Gianneschi, vice president of student services and enrollment management, and remarks from CCA student Christopher Wilkins, president of the college chapter.
Guest speaker Bobby Pace, CCA adjunct instructor in political science, spoke of the importance of access to technology in students’ daily lives. He referenced the plight of Liu Xiaobo, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, who is serving a prison sentence for using his home computer to write a blog about human rights conditions in China. “Because of a nationwide censorship policy, most Chinese are unaware that Liu even won the prize, or of his arrest,” Pace said. After citing other examples of citizen persecution for sharing information, he reminded students that “technology has served as a lifeline for the advocacy of democracy” and urged them to consider the liberating power of technology. “As members of Phi Theta Kappa and the Community College of Aurora, you have the potential to reach out beyond the limits of time and space and leave a lasting contribution to the pursuit of democracy and human rights, not only for this generation, but for generations to come,” he said.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, serving 1,250 two-year colleges around the world and offering exclusive programs and benefits for members that contribute to a dynamic, multi-dimensional college experience. CCA offers a well-established PTK chapter for eligible students right on campus.
Eligible students must be enrolled at CCA for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and must have a grade point average of 3.5. CCA’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter has approximately 100 active members.