Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Wins National and Regional Awards

PTK group in Orlando

April 9, 2024 (Middletown, Conn.) — The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society chapter at CT State Middlesex earned national awards at the 2024 PTK Catalyst Convention April 4–6, in Orlando, and regional awards at the 2024 New England Spring Convention, which took place at CT State Manchester on March 23.

“Under the leadership of Chapter President Katherine Tocto Quituisaca, our chapter worked very diligently to earn these awards. We have been fortunate to receive strong support from the entire campus community,” said Lin Lin, Ph.D., PTK co-advisor.

On the national level, the Middlesex PTK chapter, Beta Gamma Xi, received the Distinguished College Project Award, the Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award, Distinguished Chapter Award and a Top 100 Chapter Recognition.

Landi Hou, Beta Gamma Xi co-advisor, was honored as a national recipient of PTK’s 2024 Distinguished Advisor Award, as well as the Most Distinguished Chapter Advisor second-place award for New England. Hou is a computer support specialist at Middlesex.

Middlesex CEO Kim Hogan was presented with the PTK Paragon President award, as announced in February, during the national convention on April 5.

For the New England Region, Beta Gamma Xi received the Most Distinguished Chapter first-place award, as well as Five Star chapter status for participating in all engagement levels needed to build a strong and active chapter.

Chapter officers Tocto Quituisaca, Ephraim Mosher, Meghan Serpis, Will Mason, Katelyn Parrott, Francesco Marotta, Luna Bijleveld, Damon Hill and Max Czellecz were given the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team third-place award in the region.

Also for New England, the chapter earned first-place awards for their Distinguished College Project: Understanding the Needs and Interests of Students at the Meriden Campus, their Honors in Action Project theme: Nostalgia-Inspired Art: Integrating Nostalgia into Recreational Therapy, and their Honors in Action Distinguished Theme Award – Theme 6: Nostalgia of Play.

“We were excited to receive awards in the categories we did, and it filled me with pride to be able to be a part of this team,” said Tocto Quituisaca.

In addition to Dr. Lin and Hou, Dean of Students and Faculty Donna Bontatibus, Ph.D., is also a co-advisor. For more information about the honor society, please visit

The chapter will conduct their annual induction ceremony on April 19. Eligible students must maintain a 3.65 GPA with a minimum of 12 credits.