GC's Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Earns Award, Inducts 2013 Officers

Garrett College’s Alpha Pi Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), recently selected officers and earned an award from this international organization. PTK recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.

This fall 23 students were inducted by the Garrett College chapter, leading to a 67% increase in membership this year. “This makes the chapter move from a level 0 to a level 5 chapter earning the group a Pinnacle Award which is equal to around $500 for the chapter to use in the New Year,” explained advisor Krista McKenzie, who is also the college instructional librarian.

New officers of Garrett’s PTK chapter who were inducted at the recent ceremony are Mallary Granger and Heather Singell, co-presidents, Katelyn Gnegy, vice president, McKenzie Wotring, secretary, Tasha Vansickle, treasurer, and Kristen Chones, public relations. These new officers were sworn in by McKenzie and the ceremony was followed by a holiday gathering attended by Dean of Student Life George Brelsford and President Dr. Richard MacLennan.

Two PTK members, Mallary Granger and Karissa Brenneman, were selected to represent Garrett College in the Coca Cola All-State and All-USA Academic Teams Scholarship Competition. “The chapter has also applied for a scholarship to attend the National Phi Theta Kappa Conference in California in April,” McKenzie noted.

During the fall semester, the group undertook several projects including making wreaths for the Dove Center’s Festival of Trees and dog treats for the Humane Society. McKenzie described upcoming events for the 2013 to include fundraising plus participating in projects for the March of Dimes, the Humane Society, Relay for Life, and Special Olympics. On-campus events will include bringing in leadership speakers and creating service projects to help further Phi Theta Kappa’s four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

“As advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, I am thrilled to have such a wonderful group of young academic and service minded students who actively take an interest in serving the school and the community. I am very excited about where this group can and will go,” McKenzie said.

A new member recruitment drive and induction ceremony for PTK will also be held in the Spring semester. Potential members must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and have completed 24 credit hours of coursework at Garrett College.

More information on this organization is available by contacting McKenzie by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 301-387-3022 when Garrett College reopens on January 2, 2013.