DONALDSON – Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of higher education, inducted 23 new members from Ancilla College for the spring semester in a formal ceremony Sunday, March 19 at Ancilla’s campus.
Those inducted to Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter include:
Jacob Albon (Knox), Nellie Alexander (Knox), Linsey Brewer (Culver), Ha Cao (Donaldson), Karissa Caverley (Plymouth), Liam Cleeton (Edinburgh ,Scotland), Amanda Cook (Logansport), Makayla Flora (Walkerton), Joshua Forth (Stalybridge, England), Olivia Green (Warsaw), Sydney Harmon (White Pigeon, MI), Casey Head (Knox), Emily Hopple (Plymouth), Chi Huynh (Donaldson), Patricia Johnson (Walkerton), Julianna Larson (Knox), Colleen Nine (Lakeville), Allyson Norby (Decatur), Kayleen Pinkham (Walkerton), Corgan Shepard (Kokomo), Klinton Stille (Bloomfield), Brittany Taylor (Schertz, TX), Lauren Taylor (Crown Point), Kelsie West (Peru), Karson Williams (Kingsbury), and Karen Zuniga Marquez (Ft. Wayne).
“These students have become an elite group, noted for academic success,” said Jodie Bowers who serves as the chapter’s co-advisor alongside Academic Advisor Kristin Rust.
“Students will be able to reap the benefits of becoming members of PTK when they transfer to four-year schools and find it easier and perhaps cheaper to continue their education,” Bowers said.
This year’s guest speaker was Debra Friar, local business owner of Small Wonders Daycare. Friar graduated from Ancilla College in 2008 and is also a member of PTK.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.
To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of associate degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, generally a 3.25 GPA.
Ancilla College, founded in 1937, offers 25 associate degree programs at their campus in Donaldson, Indiana, near Plymouth. With new on-campus housing, more intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women, and expanded program offerings in nursing, business and agriculture, the college has seen double-digit growth over the past two years.