ACC students garner recognition from PTK

LITTLETON, Colo. (Mar. 22, 2012) – Arapahoe Community College students Valerie Machovec and Erika Christiansen have been named to the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team.

Valerie Machovec


Machovec and Christiansen were recognized at ceremony and luncheon at the Grand Hyatt – Denver hosted by the Colorado Community College System earlier this month. Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, is the largest honor society in American higher education.

Machovec was selected as the top PTK student in the state and earned a $2,000 stipend as Colorado’s “New Century Scholar”. Machovec, who plans to graduate from ACC this May, has also been selected to receive one of 20 nationwide Guistwhite Scholarships from PTK. The Guistwhite Scholarship is a merit-based program which recognizes the scholarly achievements of PTK members. Guistwhite recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship to be used towards the completion of a baccalaureate degree. Machovec plans to study English and Biology following her graduation from ACC.

Erika Christiansen


Christiansen, who plans to graduate from ACC in December of 2012, was also selected as a Bronze Scholar on the 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team and will receive a $1,000 stipend. Christiansen was one of just 150 PTK scholars – from a nationwide field of 1,700 – to earn recognition on the Cola-Cola Community College Academic Team.

Sigma Phi, ACC’s chapter of PTK, was chartered in 1968 and has inducted more than 3,400 members since its inception. Dr. Erica Hastert serves as the PTK faculty advisor at ACC.

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