Texas Community Colleges

WTC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Achieves Five Star Status


SNYDER—Phi Theta Kappa has again awarded Psi Zeta, the Western Texas College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, five star status.

“The Psi Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa here at WTC has been extremely active this year,” noted Jennifer Evans, Psi Zeta Chapter Advisor and Director of Library Services.

“The students devoted a lot of time and energy to reach this status with the organization.”

According to Phi Theta Kappa’s website, chapters must complete the honors society’s Five Star Chapter Plan to achieve five star status. The Plan has five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. This plan, which reflects the scholarly ideals of Phi Theta Kappa, serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter and for earning local, regional, and international recognition.

“It took a lot of time, but it was worth it,” said Stephanie Stephens, WTC’s Psi Zeta chapter president.

On a personal level, involvement in the program educates chapter members in the importance of deadlines and organizational skills.

“Especially at WTC, many people are working and involved in sports, added Stephens.  “It’s hard to find time to work together, but we do. Plus, it’s fun!”

Psi Zeta is also taking their involvement a step further: the chapter President is running for the office of Texas Regional President. The election will be held during the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Texas Regional Convention in Houston March 8-10. If Psi Zeta wins, Stephens will represent the chapter.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honors society for community colleges and two-year academic programs. Membership in the organization is by invitation only. Students invited to join have attained a 3.5 GPA and must maintain a cumulative average 3.0 to remain in good standing.

The Psi Zeta chapter at Western Texas College was chartered on February 11, 1972. 2017 marks the third consecutive year that Psi Zeta has achieved five star status.