Central Texas College (CTC) held an induction ceremony to recognize the spring 2019 semester inductees to the Sigma Iota Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Sixty-eight new members at CTC sites worldwide were honored. Of those, 24 local students were on hand to receive their membership certificates.

The Sigma Iota Chapter opened at CTC in 1968. Students are required to maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average and have completed at least 30 college credit hours at CTC. Potential candidates for membership are first identified and then notified via email from Phi Theta Kappa National Headquarters. New members are inducted in both the fall and spring semesters.

The local spring semester inductees were: Joy Black, Cary Courson, Taylor Davis, Kayli Edwards, Elia Figueroa, Teague Foster, Erika Halpain, Cicely Holmes, Teresa Griffin, Kady Johnson, Lindsey Morgan and Ariana Ochoa.

Other local inductees were: Destenee Paguio, Jacquinta Prater, Jack Richards, Princess Sanchez, Ashlee Sizenbach, William Spotts, III, Drake Spradlin, Shelley Thomas-Huckins, Melyssa Thompson. Nikita Tomlin, Emma Whaley and Lisa Wright.

In addition to membership certificates, each inductee received a gold key pin and will now have an honor society notation on their diploma and transcripts. They also have the privilege of wearing gold regalia during graduation to signify their Phi Theta Kappa membership.

During the ceremony, Phi Theta Kappa officers recognized two CTC faculty members for their contributions to student success in the classroom and two student members for their distinguished service. Honored faculty were Kenneth Bass, professor – Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Erike Willes, professor – Kinesiology department. Distinguished student members were Jainy Brown and Aaron Hauser.

The organization also announced its new slate of officers for the coming academic year. They are Chris Brook, president; Bonnie Stovall, vice president; Jessica Senn, secretary; Joy Black, treasurer; and Jack Richards, historian. 

Potential candidates for membership in Phi Theta Kappa are first identified and then notified via email from Phi Theta Kappa National Headquarters. Each qualified student is then invited to join. A large portion of their one-timer membership fee is used to fund scholarships provided by the national headquarters. Last year, CTC students received $3,000 in scholarship funds from the organization. Other portions of the membership dues are used to fund local community service projects and support agencies such as Families In Crisis and Wooden Nickel which provides school supplies to elementary school children, and help fund the Phi Theta Kappa Endowed Scholarship through the CTC Foundation.      

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes academic success of students at two-year colleges and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. It is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters across the country and the world and is the official honor society of two-year colleges.