Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Phi Theta Kappa chapters participated in the PTK Catalyst Virtual Event April 16-17, which was held in lieu of the society’s international conference.
Both the Omicron Alpha chapter at the Jefferson Davis Campus and the Pi Epsilon chapter at the Jackson County Campus were recognized as Top 100 Chapters. Top 100 Chapters are recognized based on qualifications for Five-Star Chapter ratings. These qualifications include students completing both the Honors in Action Project and the College Project during the year. These reports are very specific and are graded on a rubric point system. Ranking is based on the total points earned on these two projects combined.
The Pi Epsilon chapter at the Jackson County Campus also received the Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award for its project “The Plight of the Piping Plover.” Chapter member Nicole Sallis won the International Distinguished Member Award, and chapter advisor John Miller won the International Distinguished Advisor Award.
MGCCC president Dr. Mary S. Graham won the Shirley B. Gordon Award for excellence for her support of high-achieving students and PTK. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, PTK’s longest-serving Board of Directors chair and president emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington.