At the Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony on March 24, 2011, one hundred and twenty seven Saint Paul College students were honored for their outstanding academic success.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes and encourages excellence among community colleges, and promotes academic achievement by two-year college students. Beta Xi Alpha is the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Saint Paul College. New inductees, their guests, faculty and staff came together in the City View Café for a buffet dinner before the ceremony. Saint Paul College President Donovan Schwichtenberg gave the opening remarks.
Stephan Klaas, Academic Support Center coordinator at Saint Paul College, introduced student Maureen Gitlin, the honored guest speaker. Gitlin, Beta Xi Alpha chapter’s outgoing vice president of leadership, has been named a 2011 All- Minnesota Community College Academic Team Member and also a Bronze Scholar on the 2011 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. She encouraged her fellow students to take full advantage of what membership in Phi Theta Kappa means: “You each have the opportunity to be leaders on this campus and in this society.”
Lisa Christensen, director of Student Life and Phi Theta Kappa coordinating advisor, began the induction ceremony by presenting honorary Phi Theta Kappa lifetime memberships to President Donovan Schwichtenberg, Senior Vice President Peggy Kennedy, and Shelby Reigstad, past Phi Theta Kappa advisor, in recognition of their work ensuring that students have access to the honor society. Reigstad, who is also a speech instructor, gave a brief history of Phi Theta Kappa's start at Saint Paul College. which was the first school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to have its own Phi Theta Kappa chapter.
Christensen, joined by Beth Arnold, philosophy instructor and current Beta Xi Alpha faculty advisor, inducted each new member. Students were called by name and given a white rose onstage. Beta Xi Alpha Chapter president, Rafael Hernandez, welcomed the newest members and led the new inductees through the oath.
Phi Theta Kappans at Saint Paul College have dedicated themselves to fellowship, scholarship, leadership, and service. The Beta Xi Alpha Chapter will serve as a vehicle for each inductee to further their success.
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