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Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Receives Honor


The Moberly Area Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa received the organization's highest rating during the annual Missouri Regional Conference this month in Branson, MO. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honors organization for two-year colleges.

MACC students and advisors representing the Alpha Tau chapter accepted recognition for achieving a Five Star level. This is the first time in 10 years that the chapter has reached the top level of the Five Star Chapter Development Plan. The Plan guides chapters in developing their potential from local involvement to regional and international interactions. Out of 28 Phi Theta Kappa chapters in Missouri, only 12 are currently at the highest level of development. As part of the development plan, the MACC chapter focused on promoting completion of community college degrees throughout MACC's region. The chapter also received an award for distinction for their work on the art theme for their Honors in Action Project.

Conference attendees included students Christina Hull, Mallory Belt, Lindsey Summers, and Dakota Ross, and chapter advisors Bill Justus, Michelle Scanavino, Sheila Bradley, and Don Tennill.

Christina Hull, outgoing Vice President for the Kappa District of the Missouri Region, received the Five Star Competitive Edge Award for her work on the Competitive Edge Professional Development Plan. Michelle Scanavino, Sheila Bradley, Jeanne Bastian, Don Tennill, and Gil Verser each received the Horizon Award recognizing distinguished service as chapter advisors, as did Bill Justus, who also received special recognition for the development and maintenance of the Phi Theta Kappa Missouri Region website.

Headquartered in Jackson, MI, Phi Theta Kappa has over 1,250 chapters with more than 2 million members throughout the US and overseas. Phi Theta Kappa originated in 1910 through the efforts of a professor at Stephen's College in Columbia, MO.

MACC's Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was organized in 1931 to recognize and encourage scholarship and service, develop character and leadership, and cultivate fellowship. While participation is optional, to be eligible for membership, a student must have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have completed twelve credit hours at MACC.

MACC representatives at the recent Phi Theta Kappa Missouri Regional Conference are Dakota Ross, Don Tennill, Sheila Bradley, Christina Hull, Lindsay Summers, Mallory Belt, Michelle Scanavino, and Bill Justus.

MACC Phi Theta Kappa Vice President Christina Hull presents the 5 Star rating award to (back l-r) MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley, advisor Don Tennill, advisor Bill Justus, (front l-r) MACC Vice President for Instruction Dr. Paula Glover, Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Jackie Fischer, advisor Michelle Scanavino


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