The SouthShore Campus Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society shined at the Florida Regional Convention in Ft. Lauderdale this spring, thanks in part to the leadership and determination of Chapter President Nicole Schuyler. Schuyler was one of three PTK presidents in the state to receive a Distinguished Chapter Officer award, recognizing her tireless work on behalf of HCC students and her community.
In 2012 Schuyler helped lead a team of students and faculty members in securing a Community/School Garden Grant for $3,450—HCC-SouthShore’s first grant—from the Florida Department of Agriculture. The grant will allow the SouthShore Campus to expand its hydroponic garden and grow produce to share with local migrant farm worker families through the Good Samaritan Mission. The garden will also serve as part of the earth sciences curriculum.
In January Schuyler, along with PTK Vice President Karen Lewandowski, represented HCC at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Not only was she able to attend the Presidential Gala, but she also enjoyed the privilege of participating in the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience, for sure,” said Schuyler. “I never realized that a community college could make all my dreams come true, but that’s what’s happened.”
Schuyler will graduate from HCC in May of this year, with plans to continue to continue her education by pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Under her leadership, the SouthShore PTK met the qualifications for a Five-Star Chapter designation, which will be officially announced at the National PTK Convention in April.
“Ms. Schuyler is a wonderful example of the positive difference HCC students can make in our community and our world,” said SouthShore Campus President Dr. Allen Witt. “I congratulate this excellent student leader for her accomplishments and thank her for her service to our campus.”
Article written by: SouthShore Campus Staff