The Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College has much to celebrate this year. Alpha Lambda Alpha, the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa brought home many awards and helped its members obtain recognition and scholarships for their academic pursuits. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses. The Florida region is home to 84 chapters.
Alpha Lambda Alpha began their award-winning year at the Florida Regional Convention in March where the chapter was recognized for various accomplishments:
Nicole Ring won an art award for her entry into the Florida Region’s Creative Awards, an award which allows members to share their individual talents in art, music, poetry, speech, and writing through an essay and short story competition.
Charles Dickens received the essay award for his work on gene modification.
Hadassa Pupo was awarded the Florida Region’s Sunshine Scholarship.
Nicole Ring, Samuel Ejiofoh, and Richardson Postemice were selected for the 2015 All-Florida Academic Team.
Additionally, Samuel and Richardson each received $4000 academic transfer scholarships and Jill Wegner received a $5000 academic transfer scholarship. All three will be attending USF.
Alpha Lambda Alpha also received a Distinguished Honors in Action award at the regional convention. Honors in Action is a program that provides a stimulating environment for intellectual growth and challenge, and creates opportunities for leadership and learning as leaders through service and advocacy. Every two years, Phi Theta Kappa chooses a theme which chapters will research. Through this research, chapters work together to identify a need in their school or community and work to fulfill that need.
Alpha Lambda Alpha was recognized as the Most Distinguished Chapter in the 84 chapters of the Florida Region!
And finally, Alpha Lambda Alpha was elected as the Executive Chapter of the Florida Region and host of 2016 Regional Convention. These students are not only proud to be members of the number one chapter in their region, but they are looking forward to helping the region set and attain goals that will help develop more student-servant leaders across the region.
At the International Convention in San Antonio in April (also known as “NerdNation”), Alpha Lambda Alpha continued to raise the bar for chapter success.
Dr. Carlos Soto, the retiring president of the Brandon Campus, received the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of Phi Theta Kappa throughout his career.
Dr. Ken Ray, Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management, received a Distinguished Administrator award for his support of Alpha Lambda Alpha and his dedication to student activities.
Advisor Dr. Michael Odu received a Continued Excellence Award for his service and dedication to the members of Alpha Lambda Alpha. Dr. Odu was also elected to serve a 3-year term as the Chapter Advisor Representative to Phi Theta Kappa's Board of Directors!
The chapter’s executive board was recognized as one of 30 Distinguished Chapter Officer Teams.
Hadassa Pupo was also recognized as a Distinguished Chapter Member for her dedication to the chapter and her work on Honors in Action.
This year’s Honors in Action theme, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration, allowed Alpha Lambda Alpha to explore frontiers of thought that shape the world. They focused on diversity and their project “Inclusion: The Answer to the Changing Demography and Diversity of the 21st Century Students” won awards for Distinguished Honors in Action Theme and Distinguished Honors in Action Project.
Alpha Lambda Alpha produced the number one Honors in Action project in Phi Theta Kappa! Because of their work and dedication to this and other chapter projects, Alpha Lambda Alpha has been named a top 100 chapter and a Distinguished Chapter.
Out of the 1,285 chapters, Alpha Lambda Alpha ranked as the 5th Most Distinguished Chapter Internationally. This group of dedicated students is making waves on their campus and in their community, and are a great example of how community college programs can change the lives of students and promote academic excellence through servant leadership.