Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society can say it is one of the best in the world and its recent awards at the Catalyst, the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., prove that.
Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa was one of eight chapters internationally to earn the organization’s Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award, which is given to chapters that place in the top ten percent for three consecutive years.
In addition to the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award, Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa was also honored as a REACH chapter that celebrates membership acceptance rates of 15 percent or above. Northeast lead the nation in membership acceptance rates in 2018 with 80.4 percent of those invited to join the honor society taking the oath of membership.
Northeast outpaced Beta Zeta Sigma from the Carolinas College of Health Sciences by almost two full percentage points and was almost six percentage points higher than the third-place chapter — Beta Sigma Omicron of Hawaii Tokai International College.
To reach its membership acceptance rate, Phi Theta Kappa divides the number of students who join the organization in the 2018 calendar year by the number of students who are eligible for membership. The rate is then weighted based on each college’s demographics, such as overall enrollment.
Northeast Phi Theta Kappa was named a Top 100 chapter and a Five-Star chapter for the seventeenth year in a row. Phi Theta Kappa’s Five-Star Chapter award is the highest honor a chapter can receive and was established as a step-by-step guide for building strong chapters and allowing for the understanding of the level of programming that is needed to compete against other chapters.
Not only was the chapter honored as a whole, the Iota Zeta chapter advisors — Dr. Ray Harris, Andrea Mathis, Dr. Justin Treloar, all of Booneville and Carla Falkner and Morgan Ricks Kramer, both of Tupelo – were selected for a Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team award.
Dylan Nelson of Glen was selected as a Distinguished Chapter member at the national level which is based on a student’s embodiment of the Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa through Honors in Action and other chapter activities.
Northeast was also selected for a Distinguished College Project award, which is given to chapters that show a commitment to their respective colleges and present t a project that supports the college’s mission.
At the Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Gala held on the campus of Mississippi State University earlier in the semester, Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa garnered the state championship for the organization’s Honors Study Topic – Theme 3 which was “Politics of Identity: How do the ways in which people and communities identify themselves and others transform society?”
Northeast advisor Carla Falkner of Tupelo was named the top Distinguished Advisor for the Mississippi/Louisiana area and local Phi Theta Kappa president Jayda Carney of Tupelo was presented with the Golden Key award while Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa collected six state runner-up titles at the regional gala.
Northeast was awarded second place for its chapter website and for the organization’s scrapbook while three individuals took on second place honors as well.
Dylan Nelson of Glen was named state runner-up in the Distinguished Chapter Member category while Daniel Ozbirn of Corinth and Carney were both given a second-place award for Distinguished Chapter Officer.
In addition to the student individual awards, Northeast’s advisors — Dr. Ray Harris, Carla Falkner, Morgan Ricks Kramer, Dr. Justin Treloar and Andrea Mathis – were named the state runner-up in the Distinguished Advisor Team category.
Northeast captured a third-place finish for its Honors in action exhibit and two fourth place honors for its college project and as the Mississippi/Louisiana Region’s Most Distinguished Chapter.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,300 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly four million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 130,000 students inducted annually.
Phi Theta Kappa seeks to foster the development of leadership and service, to provide an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas, and to encourage the establishment of scholarships for advanced education.
Northeast’s Iota Zeta chapter has been recognized as a “Five Star” chapter for 17 straight years, the highest rating given any chapter, has been recognized as an exemplary model as well as a Top 100 chapter nationally and was ranked sixth on the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa President’s List, which lists the Top 25 colleges nationally by their acceptance rates.
Advisors for the chapter during the 2018-19 academic year are Dr. Ray Harris, Andrea Mathis and Dr. Justin Treloar, all of Booneville and Carla Falkner and Morgan Ricks Kramer, both of Tupelo.
Northeast Mississippi Community College Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society can say it is one of the best in the world and its recent awards at the Catalyst, the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. and at the Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Gala held on the campus of Mississippi State University earlier in the semester, prove that. Members of the Northeast Phi Theta Kappa holding up their awards from the regional gala include (front row l-r) advisor Carla Falkner of Tupelo, Avaline Morris of Burnsville, Alexandria Taylor of Belmont, Devan Dunlap of Belmont, (middle row l-r) Daniel Ozbirn of Corinth, Annalee Droke of Olive Branch, Jayda Carney of Tupelo, Caroline Wiggington of New Albany, advisor Morgan Ricks Kramer of Tupelo along with (back row l-r) advisor Dr. Justin Treloar of Booneville, Xavier Baldwin of West Point, Dylan Nelson of Glen and advisor Dr. Ray Harris of Booneville.