Atlantic Cape Community College welcomed 214 inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society April 28, in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus. Speakers at the induction were: Dr. Peter L. Mora, president of Atlantic Cape; Courtney Rice, former Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region president and Atlantic Cape alumna; and Thomas J. Branin, Atlantic Cape alumnus and the 2015 Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Silver Medalist Scholar. New officers were also inducted: Christine Martinez, president; Joseph Merlo, executive vice president; Haley Kuster, publicist and historian; Xamisha Thompson, vice president of Leadership; Amber Lombardi, treasurer; and Maria Saavedro, secretary.
Established by two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic achievements of two-year college students and encourages academic growth. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in American higher education today, with more than 2 million members in the United States, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany. Continue reading
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored Atlantic Cape Community College students Taylor Borz of Collings Lakes and Brandon Hand of Stone Harbor, along with 35 other New Jersey community college students and their families, at its 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration May 5 in Trenton.
“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges honors New Jersey’s top community college students and their families for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association, offers deserving community college students statewide recognition by policymakers and legislators.”
Also, 21 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered more than $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.
Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship opportunities among community college students for 97 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.
Atlantic Cape Community College is one of 19 community colleges across the state hosting a series of campus-based activities during the statewide NJ Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4) this week.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ Center for Student Success, Kean University and the New Jersey Education Association, the NJC4 initiative is an effort to increase the number of community college students completing their associate degrees and certificates so they have the credentials they need to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages. Continue reading
Submitted by Holly R. Schultheis, advisor of PTK local chapter Alpha Delta Mu
From left, Samantha Burkholder, Atlantic Cape PTK honoree; Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs; Holly R. Schultheis, advisor of PTK for Atlantic Cape; and Thomas W. Branin, Atlantic Cape PTK honoree, at PTK Day, May 7, in Trenton.
Family and friends watched 121 new Phi Theta Kappa members inducted into the local chapter, Alpha Delta Mu, May 6, in the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus.
Speakers for the ceremony included opening remarks by Dr. Peter L. Mora; former Middle States New Jersey president and current vice president of the PTK alumni association, Courtney Rice; and Gabriella Mayorga, chapter president 2012-13. Courtney received a national recognition at the PTK International Convention this year in San Antonio for her work with Alpha Delta Mu as an alum. Additionally, Gabriella, former chapter president of Alpha Delta Mu, spoke about her journey to receive her bachelor’s degree from Stockton University this May, and the impact that her time in PTK has had on her life. Continue reading