Ybor City Campus News
California, here we come!
Just crazy about Phi Theta Kappa: Ahmed Mostafa (back row from left), Cassandra Flan¬ders, Megan Seymour, Sam¬uel Louissaint, Margarita Rueda, Anne Mierzwa, Robert Pen¬chan¬sky (front row from left), and Kata Gomeztagle-Johann
These past few weeks have been busy ones for the Alpha Beta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at HCC Ybor City. The members and officers have been involved in many activities to learn how to be better leaders. The most recent was the Phi Theta Kappa Florida Regional Convention in Fort Lauderdale. The eight members who attended (pictured at left) said they had a lot of fun while learning new things and getting to meet and connect with new people. Our chapter won six awards at the convention, including Distinguished Officer Team and Most Distinguished Chapter (second in the state). Jana Bielecki won an award for advisors, and Katherine Gomeztagle-Johann, our secretary, won an award for Distinguished Officer. In addition, we were recognized for our College Project and for our Honors in Action Project, an edible garden at Sulphur Springs Elementary School.

We are also looking forward to the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention April 4 7 in San Jose, California, for its series of workshops and keynote speakers such as Dr. Shaquille O’Neal (pictured at right), a former NBA player, and Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. Eleven of our members and one advisor will attend, with five of those members and the advisor also attend¬ing the Phi Theta Kappa Academy at the same venue. Alpha Beta Beta will be one of four chapters from Florida par¬ticipating in the IDEA Net¬work Poster Session Forum, and Public Relations Officer Anne Mierzwa will be one of eight candi¬dates for Phi Theta Kappa International President. This may be the first time a member of our chapter has ever run for international office. We wish Anne good luck!

Meanwhile, the chapter is very proud to announce that one of our members, Susan Cabrera, has just been named as a Silver Scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2013 Commu¬nity College Academic Team. A recognition ceremony will be held at the International Convention. She was also named to the All-Florida Academic Team and will be recognized at a statewide ceremony in Daytona Beach.

Do you want to be part of this amazing group of overachievers? The chapter is accepting new members until May 10. We want others to share in all the fun. Minimum requirements are a 3.5 GPA and 12 college-level credit hours completed. Invitations were sent out via Hawkmail. The chapter is holding an essay contest to cover the membership fee for four new members. For more information, please attend our information sessions in the Ybor Room on Monday, March 25, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., and Tuesday, March 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., or contact ptkybor@hccfl.edu. The induction of new members will take place April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Ybor Room with Dr. Shawn H. Robinson, HCC Ybor City Campus president, as the guest speaker. New members should check their Hawkmail for details. We sincerely hope that you will consider accepting membership for Phi Theta Kappa if you are eligible. It is a great opportunity for you as a community college student.

Keep up with chapter activities by e-mailing ptkyborcity@gmail.com, friending us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ptk.ybor, and following us on Twitter @AlphaBetaBeta

Article written by: Oluwatosin Fayinminu, SGA Representative, Alpha Beta Beta Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa