The Clinton Community College Phi Theta Kappa chapter Alpha Theta Beta has had an active fall semester, once again collecting Holiday Cards for military troops and also assisting a family battling childhood cancer.
This year, holiday and greeting cards will be sent to the VA hospital in Iowa City. The Phi Theta Kappa chapter started this Holiday Card tradition in 2010. The tradition has continued every year sending to those who have a connection to CCC or a CCC family member. The campus' Student Veteran Association collaborates with PTK by packing and mailing the box. Many of our cards are donated by faculty, staff and members of the community.
The Holiday Card project was started in response to the chapter president’s suggestion to send cards to her son’s military unit overseas. The card writers include CCC staff, faculty and students. Steve Barleen, Faculty Advisor for the Student Veterans of America chapter at Clinton Community College, commented, “The students, faculty, and staff at Clinton Community College very much enjoy supporting our brave service members and veterans during the holiday season when many of them are away from loved ones.”
For many years, the members of CCC’s Alpha Theta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa have volunteered their time at Children’s Cancer Connection, helping with Children’s Cancer Summer Camp. Now the chapter has expanded to adopt a family in need for the whole year. The Children’s Cancer Connection Adopt-A-Family program connects chapters directly to families in need. These families could use more support throughout the year. During the year, the Phi Theta Kappa chapter will receive a list of family needs and provide assistance as their resources allow. During the course of the year, the students will hold fundraisers such as bake sales and other fundraising events. CCC President Dr. Karen Vickers commented, “Our Phi Theta Kappa chapter have always done a nice job of giving back to the community. This is one more time that they have seen a need and gathered resources to help individuals in the community.”
In addition to these projects, the chapter recently created a Pollinator Garden at Clinton Community College. Previous projects include The Little Lending Library, a library on a cart and is movable to locations throughout campus, and research on stress and final exams, with the results being how the students react to that stress. As of result of the stress research, PTK members provided stress bags for students containing a brochure of stress relievers, including some stress relieving items. These were distributed on the annual CCC De-Stress Day.
Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters in all 50 states and around the world. The CCC Alpha Theta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has earned the Five Star designation, considered the highest achievement awarded by PTK. The designation puts the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action through five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional and international involvement. In addition to its annual honors ceremonies and related activities, the CCC chapter is involved in a number of community and charitable activities. Members also regularly attend regional and national conferences. To earn admission to Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. In addition to recognizing students for their accomplishment, it provides them an opportunity for personal development through programs based on four hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.
For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact Advisors Gina Bielski, Emily Clausen, or Shirley Turnis at 563-244-7001.