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HCC honor society received recognition

August 19, 2012

The Pi Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Hagerstown Community College recently received recognition for fulfilling all requirements to be named a Five Star Chapter.

The distinction came during the regional convention of the Middle States Region, which encompasses Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington, D.C.             

HCC earned the five-star level through successive achievement of items defined in the Five Star Chapter Development Plan. These include specific goals related to growth of the chapter, improved student engagement and enhanced relationships with college administration. A large portion of the development plan also includes participation in the Honors in Action programming established by PTK’s international headquarters.

HCC’s PTK 2012-13 officers include Rick Howe as president, Andrea Theodoru as executive vice president, Allie Villatoro as recording secretary, Eric Wiles as treasurer, Allen Calvert as vice president of fellowship, Carol Seipler as vice president of leadership, Heather Geary as vice president of service, Melissa Fleming as public relations officer, Ted Kaiser as Student Government Association liason and Leann Tomlin as fundraising officer. Staff and faculty advisers are Sherry Donovan and Jennifer Szczesniak.

“The 2011-12 team worked hard to achieve this level of excellence. I am quite proud of the dedication shown by my officers and members who helped with this, as well as the support from the staff, faculty and administration of HCC,” Howe said. “We are very fortunate for the 2012-13 year to have several returning officers who have already been hard at work this summer. I fully expect Pi Theta to retain this rating for 2013. Keep an eye out for great things to come from HCC’s honor society during the upcoming academic year.”

The chapter was also recognized for the award at PTK’s annual convention, which took place in Nashville, Tenn., in April. A record 587 international chapters and 4,030 members attended the annual convention. When Pi Theta members returned and shared their experience, many more expressed a strong desire to attend next year’s convention in San Jose, Calif.

For more information, contact Donovan at skdonovan@hagerstowncc.edu or Howe at ptkpresident@hagerstowncc.edu.

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