To A Degree – November 2018
To A Degree – November 2018
Phi Theta Kappa – Eta Mu Chapter
As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I on November 11 this month, many scholars across the United States and around the world are celebrating another centennial. Phi Theta Kappa began as an honor society of the two-year college in Missouri in 1918. From its humble origins, it has expanded to become the world’s largest honor society in higher education.
Now headquartered in Jackson, MS, Phi Theta Kappa’s network includes nearly 1300 chapters on college campuses around the world. Since 1918, 3.5 million have accepted membership, with 13,000 students inducted each year!
On March 11, 1950, North Central Missouri College chartered their own Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Eta Mu. The chapter had 25 members 50 years ago in 1968. Over the years, a variety of excellent students have been honored with membership and grown as leaders in NCMC’s own Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Today, in 2018, the Eta Mu Chapter celebrates its 68th anniversary and has 330 current members and many alumni!
That seems great, but what does that mean for NCMC or for those 330 members?
To become a NCMC Phi Theta Kappa Eta Mu Chapter member, one must hold a GPA of at least 3.30 and have completed at least 12 college credit hours. Prospective members are invited each spring and fall and those who accept membership are inducted in a formal, officer-led ceremony.
Phi Theta Kappa is a community for high-achieving students. An invitation to membership demonstrates a recognition of academic success and membership opens opportunities for personal and professional growth on one’s pathway to the future. Membership or alumni status in PTK is a status of respect among college officials and many potential employers, many of whom are also PTK alumni.
Beyond the recognition of high academic success, members also enjoy benefits that include opportunities for scholarships, often to transfer institutions; job skill and leadership training; and community involvement.
NCMC has had PTK members transfer on to universities to become successful business owners, doctors, nurses, teachers, and preachers. Other PTK members have graduated from NCMC and pursued careers with their Associate degrees. Whatever path they take, NCMC and the Eta Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are proud of our graduates. PTK alumni become leaders within their communities and many mentor and help guide future generations of members.
We look forward to celebrating another 50, 68, and then 100 years of scholarship, academic excellence, and leadership with some of North Central Missouri College’s finest students and alumni.
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