Northeastern Junior College’s Phi Theta Kappa, Zeta Theta Chapter, held its 2011-2012 induction ceremony on Sunday, February 26th during a dinner event that brought students and their parents together with NJC faculty and staff. Sixty seven new students were inducted into the PTK Chapter, an international honor society for two-year colleges. They join 37 other members on campus, making a total of 104 PTK members at NJC.This year’s new inductees come from various locations across Colorado.
The guest speaker for the dinner was Interim NJC President Scott Stump. Stump gave an interesting and amusing talk to the students encouraging them to harness their energy and let it take them somewhere. He asked the students to seek opportunities rather than wait for opportunities to come and find them. He gave the example of kinetic energy versus potential energy and used balloons to make his point, releasing one untied balloon go—showing how it set sail. The other balloon, which had been tied, was held up and then popped with a sharp object. Stump also provided musical entertainment for the crowd, when he closed out his time in front of the group singing the Beatles song, “Blackbird,” accompanied by his son, Ross, on the guitar.
Overseeing the induction ceremony was Martha Nash of Sterling, PTK Vice President, assisted by Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Cashion of Longmont and PTK Campus Activities Board Representative Brooke Zuege of Wray. PTK President Vann Malinowski of Arlington, West Virginia was unable to be at the event.
One by one the inductees came to the front of the room, signed the pledge book, lit their candle and proceeded to join other students as they lined up clear across the student center ballroom. It was an impressive site to see for those in attendance. Simultaneously they accepted the verbal challenge for the officers to uphold the high standards set for PTK members.
NJC faculty were also recognized at the event. Each PTK inductee had the opportunity to nominate a faculty or staff member who has contributed to their academic success. The faculty members recognized this year included: Pam Berns (liberal arts); Mike Brownell (agriculture); Cole Briggs, (equine); Maret Felzien (reading specialist), Jeri Garrett (math), Connie Henderson (science), Justina McCracken (science), Shelby Nichols (chemistry), Larry Pollart (agriculture), Diane Reuszer (liberal arts), Jim Stewart (criminal justice), Kevin Stump (math), Scott Thompson (liberal arts), Deb Walker (business) and Tami Patten (computer technology).
Receiving special recognition were students Victoria Vorwold of Sterling and Janna Smith of Haxtun who were selected by NJC to be on the Colorado All Academic-Team for the Colorado Community College System. They reach received a $500 Presidential Campus Scholarship and will be recognized during a state-wide lunch in Denver later this month.
Students are automatically nominated to be in Phi Theta Kappa by completing 12 credit hours and maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average. Two of the major advantages of membership are the eligibility for scholarships to four-year colleges and job placements. At graduation, these second-year students will have the honor of wearing a monogrammed golden stole and their diploma will have a gold seal.
Brenda Rhodes and Deb Walker, both business professors, are advisors for the Zeta Theta chapter.
The 2012 PTK Inductees included: Aeron Acott, Cortez; Brooke Baker, Ault; Emily Brower, Sterling; Ashley Browne, Sterling; Sandra Capraro, Snyder; Caleb Carlson, Loveland; McKenzi Carlson, Sterling; Roy Ceci, Centennial; Rebecca Chadwick, Sterling; Cassandra Champman, Ft. Morgan; Anna Cheramy, Sterling; Kayla Claymon, Greeley; Beth Cooper, Siebert; Julia Cucarola, Sterling; Aster Degu, Greeley; Brittany Durbin, Holyoke; Adrianne Eager, Gunnison; Elizabeth Ertle, Sterling; Jana Evens, Sterling; Jared Farnik, New Raymor; Connie Ferguson, Holyoke; Majorie Fullen, Sterling; Coley Grindle, Sterling; Kaylee Groshans, Holyoke; Lucy Guereca, Sterling; Charles Guernsey, Sterling; Lyle Hanson, Sterling; McKayla Herman, Thornton; Julie Hernandez, Iliff; Rebekah Herron, Anton; Kelsey Hummel, Sterling; Jeffrey Huss, Iliff; Corey Jimerson, Sterling; Callie Johnson, Sterling; Silvia Kalb, Sterling; Madison Kiel, Sterling; Sherilyn Knight, Holyoke; Pamela Krehbiel, Sterling; Kara Lanckriet, Julesburg; Raquel Lara, Woodland Park; Tiffany Maelzer, Amherst; Erick Martinez, Arvada; Jennifer Martinez, Aurora; Samantha Martinez, Yuma; Jena Monheiser, Crook; Chandler Morrison, Johnstown; Ashley Mount-Williams, Lakewood; Courtney Negley, Sterling; Alicia Nichols, Brush; Nate Noe, La Junta; Claudia Ochoa, Sterling; Hannah Pollart, Holly; Jessica Quint, Akron; Jace Rhodes, Sterling; Brittany Riter, Brush; Janna Smith, Holyoke; Kathryn Snowberger, Castle Rock; Leah Tapia, Brush; Amanda Unrein, Sterling; Andrea Vallejos, Sterling; Felicia Valles, Sterling; Jenna Vandenbark, Fleming; Victoria Vorwald, Sterling; Toni White, Cortez; Jenna Wilson, Castle Rock; Morgan Woodruff, Berthoud; Jessica Wright, Lakewood.