GC Chapter of PTK National Honor Society Inducts New Members

The Garrett College Alpha Omicron Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society held its Spring 2014 Induction Ceremony last week in the Auditorium welcoming 12 new members to the prestigious organization bringing the total membership to 25. A reception followed the initiation ceremony.

Dr. George Brelsford, Garrett College Dean of Student Life, welcomed students and guests to the ceremony. Dr.Brelsford noted that membership in PTK is more than an honor. “There is a challenge for students being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. It brings recognition as well as an opportunity to elect officers, develop leadership, and find ways to give back to the academic community,” he said.

James L. Allen, Interim Dean of Instruction, also welcomed those present and noted the importance of support from loved ones in the achievement of success. “Tonight we recognize your high level of academic achievement and in many cases your active role in the life of Garrett College. Congratulations on your achievements and best wishes for your future success,” he said.

Krista McKenzie, GC Instructional Librarian and advisor to Alpha Omicron Phi chapter of PTK, joined with chapter president Mallary Granger to present the history of PTK along with its symbols and their meanings. The two then witnessed the signing of the Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Omicron Phi chapter, membership book. McKenzie and Granger then presided over the lighting of candles to symbolize lighting the torch of knowledge and the presentation of white roses, symbolizing purity, to each inductee.

Garrett College Interim Dean of Instruction James Allen then stepped forward to congratulate the students for earning this recognition of their academic success. He administered the PTK membership oath and presented each new member with a certificate.

The students inducted included Andrew Beachy, Andy Jacob, Levi Lantz, Katherine Minetree, Stephanie Phillips, Kenya Rinker, Anamaria Skaro, Christopher Showman, Sara Sweitzer, Dajane Thomas, Wayne Wilson, and Kendra Yoder.

In order for a student to be eligible to be a member, he/she must have earned 12 credits at Garrett College and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5. Therefore, membership is a special honor afforded to a small group of outstanding students, McKenzie explained.

“Each year, Garrett initiates eligible students into this Honor Society. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a reflection of academic excellence. It represents recognition for outstanding achievement which students can proudly include on resumes and applications to transfer colleges and universities. Additionally, membership distinguishes them and makes them eligible for several prestigious scholarships available only to Phi Theta Kappa members. As members, their academic excellence will be recognized with a membership certificate, notation of membership on their transcripts, and the privilege of wearing Phi Theta Kappa regalia at graduation,” McKenzie said.

More information on the Alpha Omicron Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is available by contacting Krista McKenzie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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