GRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter earns recognition at national conference

This past week, the GRCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Upsilon Kappa) attended our national conference called Catalyst in Kansas City, Missouri.  The conference is an opportunity to attend educational forums which focused on leadership, service, career development and more.  They participate in fellowship opportunities and at the gala on the last day find out if they won any national awards for their “college project” and “honors in action” projects.

The GRCC Chapter was for the third year in a row recognized as a 5 star chapter.  This requires that they complete a college project, honors in action project, service projects, fellowship activities, attend regional and national conferences, collaborate with other chapters and more each year to achieve this rating.  This year our chapter officer team (Morgan Brown, Ernie Farias, Eli Paparella, Marcus Barissi and Drewyn Talley) went above and beyond and were recognized at Catlayst for all of their accomplishments.

Attached are some photos and below is a summary of the awards and scholarships the team (and individual members) received.

  • Morgan Brown ran for International President this year with 13 other candidates. She was GRCC’s first ever national candidate.  She ran an amazing campaign, but didn’t make it to the finals. But Morgan won the Orlowski award (this is an award voted on by all candidates and awarded to the one who best reflects the values of PTK) and comes with a $1500 scholarship.
  • Marcus Barissi and Morgan Brown won 3rd place in the country for the video contest.  This came with $100 scholarships.
  • Marcus Barissi won a $5000 Pearson scholarship.  Marcus is the first ever winner for Michigan for this scholarship.
  • Morgan Brown won outstanding regional officer award.  Morgan serves as the Regional President for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Our chapter officer team (names listed above) won outstanding chapter officer team (15 teams were recognized out of over 1000 teams).
  • Lynnae Selberg won outstanding chapter advisor (15 advisors were recognized out of 1000 advisors).
  • Our chapter won a “theme award” for their honors in action research project and is awarded to those projects which best encompass one of the 8 themes. (18 were recognized out of hundreds of entries).
  • Our chapter won outstanding honors in action project (18 chapters were recognized out of hundreds of entries). This is based on the research, the writing, the actual project, the leadership of the members who participated and more.
  • Our chapter was recognized as a top 100 chapter based on our combined score from our college project and honors in action project.
  • Our chapter was recognized as a distinguished chapter. There were 32 chapters who received this honor.  This was the first time GRCC has ever received this honor.
  • Shannon Gamel was one of 12 alumni to be recognized for the outstanding alumni award.  She was the Chapter President for the GRCC chapter for 2 years back when GRCC was re-activating our chapter. Without all of her efforts, we would not be where we are today.  Shannon is currently a student in the PharmD program at Ferris State University.

We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished this year.  They represented GRCC with pride, worked hard and had a great time during the conference.

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