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Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta: Creating Future Leaders

Summer 2008 | Archives

Two of the most popular—and populated—student organizations at MCC center around recognizing scholarship and service: Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta.

PTK 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 Langholdt.

KBD 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 year.

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 said.

 
 
 
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