Northeast Students Take Part in PTK Ceremony

by jamesc  3/20/2014 8:50:50 AM --  NORFOLK - A special ceremony was held recently on the Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College to welcome the newest members into its international honor society. Students were installed into Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa, (PTK), Tau Chi chapter during the spring 2014 induction ceremony held in the Lifelong Learning Center.


Keynote speaker, Michele Gill, dean of health and wellness at Northeast, told the students the College will help them gain confidence in themselves, give them a place to call home, provide a safe atmosphere to grow and allow them to try new endeavors. “Northeast will engage you in ways that you may not even imagine, provide you with opportunities to be a leader and learn leadership roles, build your communication skills, make mature decisions, and find your voice. Don’t be afraid to engage and grow while you are here,” she said. “Dream big, find your voice, and continue to build your intellect, achieve all that you can and learn as much as you can.”

Four Tau Chi 2013-2014 officers were honored during the event: Valeria Perez, West Point, president; Jordan Sherman, Dorchester, secretary/treasurer; Heidi Seamann, Spalding, vice president of scholarship; and Ray Partee, Norfolk, vice president of leadership.

Since the installation of Northeast’s Tau Chi chapter in 1996, some 2,779 students have been inducted into the international academic honor society for two-year colleges. For more than 80 years, membership in Phi Theta Kappa has signified a singular honor and a willingness to embrace the Society’s shared commitment to academic excellence. To be eligible for PTK, students must have earned at least 12 credit hours and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 or above out of a 4.0 system.                                                                                        

Northeast Community College Phi Theta Kappa sponsors are wellness/aerobics instructor Amy Ries, English instructor Bonnie Johnson-Bartee, wind energy instructor Glen Lammers, CAD/drafting instructor Danny Whitlock, and Pam Miller, College Center Dean.

Ries and Johnson-Bartee were presented with appreciation awards by Tau Chi chapter administrator, Dr. Karen Severson, vice president of student services at Northeast, in recognition of their work as PTK advisors as they step down from those roles at the end of this collegiate year.

Northeast Community College offers over 80 concentrations/options of study preparing students for immediate employment or transfer to a four-­year college or university.


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Northeast Community College faculty members Bonnie Johnson-Bartee (left) and Amy Ries (right) are joined by Dr. Karen Severson, vice president of student services, following a recent ceremony where the newest members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society were inducted into Northeast’s Tau Chi chapter. Johnson-Bartee and Ries were recognized for their work as PTK advisors as they step down from those roles at the end of this collegiate year.

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