Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate academic excellence on Tuesday, April 16 when its Phi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society hosts an induction ceremony at the Hampton campus.
The ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. in Templin Hall’s Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium. Family and friends of the inductees will be on hand for the celebration.
Thomas Nelson’s Phi Sigma chapter boasts several accomplishments in recent years, according to its advisors Valerie Burge-Hall and Roddena Kirskey. The chapter received a four-star chapter designation from PTK International, which ranks chapters up to five stars based on levels of participation, scholarship, service and leadership. The chapter improved its designation by one star over last year.
Additionally, the chapter received a second-place ranking regionally on an academic project for the Honors in Action (HIA) program. Themed "Politics of Identify,” the HIA project allowed students to apply research skills and practice real-world problem solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project. This year Phi Sigma examined how Thomas Nelson students form a group identity.
The largest honor society in American higher education, Phi Theta Kappa has 1,280 chapters at two-year and community college campuses in 50 states, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions, according to its website.
More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with roughly 135,000 students inducted annually. Thomas Nelson students eligible for Phi Theta Kappa membership must have completed 12 credit hours of associate degree coursework with a 3.5 or higher grade point average.