Vance-Granville Community College recognized 65 students who were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, on April 17 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus.
VGCC students honored with induction into Phi Theta Kappa must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 (3.75 for part-time students) in associate degree curriculum programs and have completed at least 12 credit hours toward their degrees.
Also honored at the ceremony were Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the college president, and Dr. Levy Brown, VGCC’s vice president of academic affairs, who were awarded honorary memberships for their roles in the success of the chapter, and Pamela Campbell, a student who is graduating with her degree in Human Services Technology in Gerontology in May, who received the chapter’s first-ever Excellence in Leadership Award.
As advisors for VGCC’s PTK chapter, instructors Maureen Walters, Isaac Talley and Karen Feezor conducted the ceremony. Walters, the head advisor, told the new inductees and their families and friends in attendance that since VGCC's chapter of PTK, “Alpha Sigma Chi,” was chartered in 1991, more than 2,040 students have been selected for induction. She said that while scholarship is the first aim of PTK, the society also encourages fellowship, leadership development and service to others, and she noted that the letters Phi Theta Kappa stand for the Greek words for "Wisdom," "Aspiration" and "Purity.”
Dr. Brown served as the guest speaker for the event. “When I think about everything that college students need to navigate in order to experience academic success, I am reminded that it takes a village to help students be successful,” Dr. Brown said. “In many ways, our families and college campus are the village supporting you as you have experienced success both academically and personally.”
Noting that the inductees were selected because of the significant amount of time they have spent attending class, studying, working and managing various circumstances in life, he encouraged the honorees to “keep on moving,” citing the lyrics from a song by Soul to Soul. “Keep progressing and moving forward,” he said. “Do not lose momentum. Keep on moving, and do not forget about that village. Help pull others up academically and in other ways.”
Campbell, who introduced Dr. Brown on the program, was given the Excellence in Leadership Award for being “the driving force behind many of our successful projects in the last year,” said Walters. “She is an individual who I have had the privilege to watch grow during her time in Phi Theta Kappa into a successful leader. Even though she says she doesn’t like speaking in front of people, she was quick to ask if there was some way she might speak at the induction ceremony today since she was working on that skill. In addition to helping in many different groups on campus, she also finds her passion in helping our aging population.”
Certificates were awarded by VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams with assistance from Walters and Feezor.
This year’s inductees into the Alpha Sigma Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are:
From Vance County:
VGCC students from Vance County who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 17 included, from left, front row, Kaitlyn Harris, Brandon Hughes, Wesley Hight and Nealee Fisher; middle row, Kianna Wills, Cassidy Grissom, Tamara Glover, Evan O’Geary and Wendy Jordan; and back row, Sonya Barnes and Dustin Starnes. (VGCC Photo)
From Granville County:
VGCC students from Granville County who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 17 included, from left, front row, Monica Botros, Savannah Brogden, Iris Medrano and Frances Wheeler; middle row, Courtney Crute, Penny Glover, Matthew Grooms and Isom Hodges; and back row, Tyneshia Brackett, Alyssa Gupton and Hanna Williams. (VGCC Photo)
From Franklin County:
VGCC students from Franklin County who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 17 included, from left, front row, Lorie Shepherd, Lastacey Burwell, Michelle Harris-Evans and Megan Whitman; back row, Wendy Boncek, Grace Ohlandt and Tara Burwell. (VGCC Photo)
From Warren County:
VGCC students from Warren County who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 17 included, from left, front row, Edgar Arrieta-Reyes, Giovanni Reyes and Heidy Labra; and back row, Wendy Boncek, Isaac Barnett, Kimberly Labra-Franco. (VGCC Photo)
From Mecklenburg County, VA:
Among VGCC students who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 17 was Lisa Glover of Mecklenburg County, Va. (VGCC Photo)
From Wake County:
Among VGCC students who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 17 was Kynleigh Holley of Wake County. (VGCC Photo)
Shown at top is Maureen Walters, an advisor for VGCC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, presenting the Excellence in Leadership Award to Pamela Campbell, a student in the Human Services Technology program in Gerontology.