Lincoln College PTK Chapter recognized at regional, national
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[July 01, 2014]
LINCOLN - The Iota Chi chapter of the
Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Lincoln College received two awards
at the PTK Regional Convention and was recognized as a 4-Star
Chapter at the International Convention.
Iota Chi chapter was recognized with the Dr. Mary Anne Player
Appreciation Award for co-hosting the Illinois Honors Institute and
Leadership Conference held at Illinois Central College last October.
The Conference was attended by members of 18 Illinois Phi Theta
Kappa chapters and representatives of the International
Headquarters. According to Iota Chi’s faculty advisor Associate
Professor Spring Hyde, hosting the conference was the pinnacle event
in the Iota Chi Chapter’s goal to earn its fourth star in the 5-Star
Chapter Development Plan.
“To be recognized by the Region as an award recipient is a huge
achievement,” said Hyde. “We have vastly increased our presence on
campus, in the community, and in the region in the last four years.
It was a wonderful surprise for our chapter to be recognized for the
hard work our members have put forth.”
In addition to the Chapter recognition, Hyde was nominated by the
Illinois Region and Phi Theta Kappa International Headquarters for a
Horizon Award, which is given to chapter advisors who attain new
levels of achievement in their PTK programs.
“I was honored, and surprised, to learn that I was given the Horizon
Award for ‘reviving the Lincoln College Chapter.’ I could not have
done this without the help of my co-advisor Assistant Professor Kate
Ross, the support of College administrators, and especially the
wonderful, funny, hard-working PTK members who have helped build our
chapter the last four years,” said Hyde.
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In recent years the Iota Chi chapter has participated in the
Logan County Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, sent over 500
books to soldiers serving overseas and donated books to Illinois
Veterans, sponsored the Reading Railroad Activity Day to promote
reading in the community, collected toys for Logan County Toys
for Tots, held voter registration drives, volunteered at the
Creekside Outdoor Center for Environmental Education, and
participated in or helped with numerous other community and
Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor
society of two-year colleges and has over 2 million members.
[Text received; TRACY BERGIN, LINCOLN