PTK Annual Honors in Action Academy
The Virginia Region of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society held its 19th annual Honors in Action Academy October 4-7 at Regent University in Virginia Beach. This year’s theme was, “The Culture of Competition,” and speakers covered topics of tourism, leadership styles, space exploration, and business.
Robin Rich-Coates, Eastern Shore Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor, served as the director of the event. Courtney Brittingham, ESCC chapter president, and Karri Sparrow, chapter treasurer, attended. During the conference participants had the opportunity to visit the Virginia Aquarium and enjoy a dinner cruise on the Elizabeth River. One hundred and ten participants from twenty-four chapters in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina attended.
The chapter at Eastern Shore Community College is using the “competition” theme for a project entitled, “Commit to Complete.” The goal of the project is to encourage students to finish their associate’s degree so they are more competitive when transferring to a four-year university or when entering the workforce. Having a college credential pays back to the individual in terms of wages but also pays back to the community in improving the quality of life. Students are being asked to sign a pledge card and large posters to “Commit to Complete.” Faculty and staff are also asked to sign a poster indicating they are committed to helping students complete their degree. The “Commit to Complete” is a nationwide effort for Phi Theta Kappa chapters with support from the American Association of Community Colleges and other two-year college organizations.
Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, ESCC college president stated, “The college is fully in support of this initiative. It is our desire to see students achieve their educational goals and completion of post-secondary credentials at ESCC, the first step in helping students be successful.”
Caption for Photoes: ESCC students, Cortney Brittingham and Kerri Sparrow attend PTK Honors in Action Academy.
Eastern Shore Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution in the Virginia Community College System serving Accomack and Northampton Counties. Founded in 1971, the College offers transfer education programs and career/technical/occupational degree and certificate training as well as professional education and workforce development. ESCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA; 404-679-4501) and is an equal opportunity institution.