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Phi Theta Kappa Wins Awards, Inducts New Members 

5/6/15
This spring has been busy for the Alpha Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Moberly Area Community College. The chapter and its members recently received a number of awards at events around the state.

At the March 2015 regional convention held in Branson, the chapter received recognition for achieving the Five Star level in the Five Star Chapter Development Plan for the second year in a row. The chapter also received the Distinguished Theme Award for their Honors in Action project entitled "How does social media, especially Facebook, shape our perception of friendship?" MACC instructors Michelle Scanavino and Bill Justus, and advisor Don Tennill, each received the Horizon Award recognizing distinguished service as chapter advisors.

Regional awards were also presented to a number of MACC staff and faculty for their outstanding efforts in promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. Awards included the Glaux Faculty Award, presented to Matt Easter, a Columbia-based adjunct instructor of psychology; the Hall of Honor Distinguished President Award to MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley; and the Hall of Honor Distinguished Individual Award to Dr. Paula Glover, MACC Vice President for Instruction.

Each spring the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) partners with the Missouri Phi Theta Kappa organization to honor outstanding scholar-leaders with the All-Missouri Academic Team award. Two MACC students were honored in April. Anna Houston placed on the 2015 All-Missouri Academic Third Team. She is currently studying English with plans to eventually work in publishing. She is the recipient of variety honors including qualifying for the President's List for three consecutive semesters.

Lindsey Summers placed on the 2015 All-Missouri Academic First Team. She is majoring in Marketing and Management and plans to become an event planner and start her own business. She has served as Phi Theta Kappa's president, received the A+ Scholarship, and has been included on the Dean's or President's Lists every semester.

Summers is also a Bronze Scholar Award recipient from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. In coordination with Phi Theta Kappa, each year the foundation honors the 150 highest-scoring All-USA Team members from around the country by presenting them with gold, silver, or bronze medallions and a stipend. Each student receives a scholarship made possible by a donation from MOHELA, Missouri's not-for-profit secondary market lender and servicer in the student loan industry.

Also honored in April by MCCA and Phi Theta Kappa was Mexico-based biology instructor Michelle Scanavino. She received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The annual award is presented to top community college teachers in the state and includes a proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Locally, sixteen MACC students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at a ceremony held at the Moberly campus in March. Inductees for the spring 2015 semester include, Ariel Buchmeier of Hannibal, Kayla Carlton of Columbia, Denise Ellis of Kirksville, Kaitlin Epperson of Columbia, Brandon Griggs of Columbia, Jessica Hoover of Kirksville, Brittany Keith of Columbia, Katie Mills of Columbia, Adriana O'Dell of Columbia, Joseph Panian of Columbia, Jarod Reese of Columbia, Zana Robinson of Moberly, Benjamin Rust of Ashland, Courtney Squellati of Columbia, Kohlie Stock of Prairie Home, and Jamie Swaim of Mexico.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges and provides scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service programs that nurture the academic, personal, and professional growth of its members. Selection for membership is competitive and requires that students have a 3.5 GPA after completing at least 12 college credit hours. The Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was organized at MACC in 1931. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education institutions and boasts a membership of over 2.5 million in nearly 1300 chapters worldwide.

 2015 PTK Spring Inductees

Sixteen MACC students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at a ceremony in March on the Moberly campus. Inductees for the spring 2015 semester include, in the front row (l-r): Brandon Griggs, Ariel Buchmeier, Jessica Hoover, Denise Ellis, Adriana O'Dell, Katie Mills, Kaitlin Epperson; second row (l-r): Benjamin Rust, Jamie Swaim, Kohlie Stock, Courtney Squellati, Zana Robinson, Brittany Keith, Kayla Carlton; third row (l-r): Jarod Reese, and Joseph Panian.

 2015 Glaux

Lindsey Summers and Austin McBee, Phi Theta Kappa members at Moberly Area Community College, present MACC-Columbia adjunct instructor of psychology Matt Easter with the Phi Theta Kappa 2015 Glaux Award. In Greek mythology, Glaucus (Glaux) is the owl of Athena. Because of its superior night vision and nocturnal habits, the owl is the symbol of wisdom and vigilance. Phi Theta Kappa honors faculty and staff who are the source of wisdom in their students' learning journey and are vigilant in conveying their knowledge to future generations.

 Summers

Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley (left) and Phi Theta Kappa chapter Advisor Don Tennill present MACC student Lindsey Summers with the All-Missouri Academic Team award at a Missouri Community College ceremony in April. Summers also received a Bronze Scholar Award from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

 Houston

Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley (left) and Phi Theta Kappa chapter Advisor Don Tennill present MACC student Anna Houston with the All-Missouri Academic Team award at a Missouri Community College ceremony in April.

 Scanavino

Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley (left) presents MACC biology instructor Michelle Scanavino with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at a Missouri Community College ceremony in April.

 

 

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