Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of the two-year college. On November 18, all five campuses of HCC came together at Dale Mabry for the fall 2011 Phi Theta Kappa Joint Induction Ceremony. Because of the academic rigors required for entrance into the society, over 220 new inductees deserve the highest commendation.
The ceremony itself was a huge success. More than half of the inductees as well as several special guests including Campus Presidents Dr. Robert Chunn (Dale Mabry) and Dr. Allen Witt (SouthShore) were in attendance. Lisa Montelione from the Tampa City Council was the keynote speaker. The initiation of new members was most noteworthy as a wonderful example of inter-chapter participation, bringing together five separate chapters for a single beautiful ceremony.
The Dale Mabry Phi Chi chapter inducted 131 new members, the Brandon Alpha Lambda Alpha chapter inducted 35 new members, the Plant City Alpha Gamma Theta chapter inducted 18 new members, the SouthShore Beta Sigma Alpha chapter inducted 21 new members, and the Ybor City Alpha Beta Beta chapter inducted 19 new members.
Phi Chi was represented by advisors John Bacheller, Jennifer Bess, Ken Turley, Myria Evans, Sam Jacobson, and Tom Klee along with the chapter president, Nicholaus Karaath, and several officers. Alpha Beta Beta was represented by advisor Jana Bielecki along with chapter president Sae Cooper and several officers. The Alpha Gamma Theta chapter was represented by advisor Tonni Bacoat-Jones along with chapter president Bonnie Budd and several officers. Beta Sigma Alpha chapter was represented by advisor Karen Boosinger-Carytsas along with chapter president Valerie Chrzanowski and several officers. The Alpha Lambda Alpha chapter was represented by Michael Odu along with chapter president Miguel Martinez and several officers.
Dr. Chunn presided over a special recognition of Ken Turley for his years of service to the Phi Chi chapter before he retires in January. Admissions counselors from New College of Florida, Bellevue University, Florida Southern College, USF, and UT were also present.
Article Written By: Thomas Klee.