The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Zeta Chi Chapter recently welcomed 29 new members – the largest group of new members in its history.
During the induction ceremony March 22, new members recited the PTK Oath of Membership and accepted a white rose and membership in the prestigious organization that was established in 1918. Inductees must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above to join and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to remain a member of PTK.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Germany. The organization, recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges, honors and encourages the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
The UNM-LA induction processional began with a keynote address delivered by UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page. PTK President, Melissah Brothers, and PTK Chapter Advisor, Dr. Zandree Stidham led the ceremony.
“I expect this group to enact some really great leadership opportunities on campus,” Stidham said.
According to Stidham, this large induction of new members is due to the recruiting assistance of UNM-LA’s outstanding faculty. They have encouraged students to be a part of something on campus and take every opportunity to promote Phi Theta Kappa.
“I joined PTK because I knew that it would help me continue with my education and the goals I have set for myself,” new member Anthony Magdalena said. “I also joined PTK to set an example for my siblings and Jemez Pueblo tribe: we all can succeed.”
PTK has participated in several events, which the UNM-LA campus has hosted, including Explore Your Future in February, where college students and home-schooled students, along with their families, were invited to visit the campus and encouraged to explore their careers. At the event, PTK had a ‘Commit to Complete’ banner for students to sign, which encouraged them to complete a community college degree or credential.
PTK hosted seventh graders from Pojoaque at UNM-LA’s College Day April 23. Members had games and fun activities for the group as a kick-off to the more formal events of the day. On April 25, PTK hosted a Study Night at the UNM-LA Library with tutors and snacks to help all current UNM-LA students prepare for final exams.