Summer 2008 |
Two of the most popular—and populated—student organizations at
MCC center around recognizing scholarship and service: Phi Theta Kappa and
Kappa Beta Delta.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) was established in 1918 by the presidents of the
Missouri junior colleges for women and is the official international honor
fraternity for two-year colleges. MCC operates three active chapters of the
organization: Alpha Eta Sigma at the Fort Omaha Campus, Beta Pi Alpha at the
Elkhorn Valley Campus and Beta Pi Beta at the South Omaha Campus.
Collectively, the three chapters had 358 students during the spring quarter,
and 230 students joined between January and April 2008. Students with at least
a 3.5 cumulative GPA and 12 completed hours of college-level coursework are
invited to join PTK four times a year.
In addition to recognizing and encouraging academic achievement, PTK also
provides opportunities for individual growth through leadership and service
activities. Over the past year, PTK students have participated in a fundraiser
for the Nebraska AIDS Project, a book drive to increase world literacy
activities, Earth Day activities, a satellite seminar series workshop and
Planting Trees with Kids for Arbor Day. Five students and three faculty
advisors attended the International PTK Convention in April as well.
"Phi Theta Kappa provides students with leadership and scholarship
opportunities. It is a way to recognize academic excellence among our
students," said PTK advisor and dean of the Fort Omaha Campus Julie
Kappa Beta Delta (KBD) is the international honor society for business,
management and administration students. Students are invited to join if they
have at least 15 credit hours with a minimum of six credit hours in business
completed and if the student ranks in the upper 20 percent of the class based
on a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Membership is exclusively available at schools that are accredited by the
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
"The students have achieved academically because KBD is an honor
society; however, membership provides students with other opportunities to
give back to the community," said MCC Kappa Beta Delta advisor Idalene
Williams. "KBD is vital to the community and the organization
because it encourages community involvement, promotes leadership development
and engages the students in networking opportunities."
This spring, a record number of new members were inducted to KDB. New KBD
inductees visited the Ronald McDonald House and prepared and served a meal for
the families staying there; this is an annual event the group has done for six
years. The organization also sponsored a debt awareness forum earlier in the
Whether business program focused or open to other areas of study, both Phi
Theta Kappa and Kappa Delta Beta add an important facet to the student
experience and the college community.
"Students are looking for ways to be involved in campus and local
communities. These organizations recognize their academic excellence and
provide increased opportunities for scholarship dollars," Langholdt