Alpha Upsilon Kappa achieves Phi Theta Kappa 5-Star status, receives award

GRCC’s PTK Chapter, Alpha Upsilon Kappa, attended the national convention for 2016 in Washington DC this past week.  This conference is the culmination of the work done each year around a community service project, regional collaborative project, honors in action project (research based) and an additional college project.  All this work is done by the chapter each year as they work towards achieving a Five Star Status (the highest).  This year (2015) for the first time in over 10 years GRCC has achieved the PTK 5 star chapter status.

The national convention was exciting for the team, as they were chosen to present an educational forum (the only team from all community colleges in Michigan presenting).  The room they presented in held 250 chairs and more chairs had to be brought in as the room was so packed.  The team presented on Emotional Intelligence and its role with IQ in terms of creating life success.  They have already been asked to repeat the presentation at the Michigan Regional PTK Conference in September 2016.

At the awards ceremony (called the Hallmark Gala) chapters are recognized for the above projects based on a scoring rubric and total points earned.  GRCC placed in the top 100 chapters (out of 1285 chapters nationally) based on their cumulative score for all their submitted projects.  Then for their Honors in Action research project (on the role and importance of identifying a major early in your college career), they placed in the top 3 (nationally).  The picture below is the team that attended Nerd Nation accepting their award on stage (in front of the 3,800 + attendee’s from across the country), from L to R is Yanik Etan (International PTK Student President), Lynnae Selberg (GRCC PTK Advisor), Shannon Gamel (GRCC Alumni- Pharmacy at Ferris), Mandy Boos (GRCC Nursing) and Kaitlyn Gibbs (GRCC Nursing).  Not present but also involved in making this happen are Erin Busscher (GRCC PTK Advisor) and Daniel Ridderbos (GRCC- AA student heading to U of M Engineering).

Congratulations to the team for all their hard work and on their representing GRCC proudly on this national stage.

A young man and four women stand on a stage.

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