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Phi Theta Kappa
 
 
 

 


Psi Zeta Chapter

Charter Date: February 11, 1972

Eligibility Requirements:

3.5 Cumulative GPA

Advisor:

Jennifer Evans

Officers:

Stephanie Stephens, President
Bethany Jamison, Vice President
Mary Taylor, Secretary
CJ "Winter" Fahntrapp, Treasurer

 

Brief History of PTK:

At a meeting of the presidents of the Missouri junior colleges for women in 1918, it was decided to organize a new honorary society, chapters of which would have a common character, stand and similarity of organization. The name Phi Theta Kappa was chosen, and the Society was incorporated in Missouri as a national organization. Founders modeled many aspects of the new Society after the prestigious senior college honorary society, Phi Beta Kappa.  Eight colleges chartered the first chapters; now, of those eight, only Cottey College still maintains an active chapter.  In 1924, the Constitution was amended to provide for chartering of chapters in coeducational and all male colleges.  On November 19, 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.  November 19 is now celebrated as Phi Theta Kappa Founders Day.

The Psi Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was chartered at Western Texas College on February 11, 1972.

Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest international honor society in American higher education with more than 3 million members and almost 1300 chapters in all 50 states and nine nations. 

Mission:

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold:

  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and;
  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.