(Pictured: The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society hosted a Karaoke Night for all students last May in the Founders Hall Student Lounge at MxCC.)
UPDATE on 3/24/15: This past weekend, Five Phi Theta Kappa Officers along with Professor Lin Lin and Professor Patricia Raymond attended the New England Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention held at Asnuntuck Community College. Beta Gamma Xi Chapter members won two Regional Awards!
• Member Elena Sanchez won First Runner Up Fine Arts Award for her work “Beyond Skin Deep,” a Public Service Announcement video that was part of the Honors in Action project completed by Chapter members last year.
• Beta Gamma Xi Chapter won the Three Star Level Award.
Getting involved in your college’s honor society can have numerous benefits for your academic performance and career overall. Whether you plan to transfer to a four-year institution or complete your Associate Degree in two years, being a member of an honor society can prove to be a valuable tool in your academic arsenal.
MxCC’s Honor Society is Phi Theta Kappa, Chapter Beta Gamma Xi. Phi Theta Kappa is part of the International Honor Society of two-year colleges and Beta Gamma Xi is one of the largest “clubs” on the MxCC campus with 69 new members inducted in 2014.
The society distinguishes itself as an academic society that also serves communities. The mission of the honor society is to
- Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students
- Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming
Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.65 and must have completed at least 12 MxCC credits to become a member. Eligible MxCC students for Spring 2015 are being contacted via invitation letter now! Incoming, first-year students applying for the MxCC Honors Program are also given advanced entrance to Phi Theta Kappa.
According to Phi Theta Kappa Co-Advisor Lin Lin, Asst. Professor & Program Coordinator for Engineering Science & Computer Engineering Technology at MxCC, roughly 200 MxCC students are eligible to become members as of this Spring semester and on average 30-35 students accept membership to Beta Gamma Xi during each semester. Members are required to pay a one-time $70 fee for International Membership. Once a student joins and maintains a good academic standing until graduation, they are a life-time member! Beta Gamma Xi has been a Phi Theta Kappa Chapter at MxCC since 1996.
What does student engagement entail:
Participation as a member of the club entails attending weekly meetings and playing a role in Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors in Action and College Projects. The Honors in Action Program focuses on a specific Honors Study Topic. The theme changes every two years and is an interdisciplinary, contemporary topic of interest related to global challenges. Members explore the topic which must include a research component and then submit their projects as part of the Hallmark Awards. The 2014/2015 overall topic is ‘Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration’. Beta Gamma Xi members focused their project on stereotyping and created a public service announcement (PSA) that they hope to expand upon for 2015. The overall goal of the PSA was to illustrate how stereotypes can inhibit, hinder or censor creative and/or artistic expression and how they can be overcome with a resolution. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michele Haynes)
The College Project component consists of open discussion with MxCC administration to determine how the society can help the College specifically. The focus of year 2014-2015 is student registration and orientation.
What are additional benefits of Phi Theta Kappa membership?
A recent national study of Phi Theta Kappa members showed that student participants have an overall success rate of 91% compared to the national college success rate of 38%. The study attributes the results to student engagement. To read the study click here.
At MxCC membership is continuously growing. In 2012 Beta Gamma Xi inducted 43 members, and in 2013 there were 59 members inducted. Student members have access to scholarships that would otherwise not be made available to them as well as Phi Theta Kappa tools like CollegeFish.org, which helps them transfer to a 4-year institution, and Competitive Edge, which helps them manage an online portfolio and provides leadership training. The Honor Society’s Hallmark Scholarship has awarded over $37 million in transfer scholarships to members to date. Many four-year institutions offer transfer scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students as well. For more information, please visit ptk.org
Beta Gamma Xi’s Future Goals:
Professor Lin Lin hopes the Beta Gamma Xi Chapter will be able to raise their overall chapter star level from a 3 to a 5 (out of 5). Criteria for levels of chapter development are based on certain guidelines that must be met and attendance at international conventions.
Students that accept membership for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 will be inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at a ceremony held Friday, April 17th in Chapman Hall.