Phi Theta Kappa Chapter at MCC Wins Regional Awards

Manchester, CT – (April 16, 2010) . . . The Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Manchester Community College (MCC) was recently recognized for outstanding achievement and earned eight awards, including Most Distinguished Chapter, at the annual Phi Theta Kappa New England Regional Convention held at the Community College of Southern Maine. The awards recognize student leadership, campus involvement and community service.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges that recognizes and encourages academic achievement. It provides opportunities for growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, and service activities.

The MCC chapter was presented the 2010 Distinguished Chapter award, which recognizes one chapter out of 58 chapters in the New England region. The chapter was awarded the Five Star Chapter Development Program, which acknowledges a chapter’s college project in establishing a supportive relationship between the chapter and the college administration; the Pinnacle Platinum award for increasing membership; the Scholarship award; and the Regional Continued Excellence award, for continuous achievement of five-star level. Julie Larkin of East Hartford serves as the chapter president.

The following students received awards. Mikhail Markov of Windsor was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Officer award. The Distinguished Chapter Officer is selected based on the recipients' demonstration of leadership, promotion of “Honors in Action” and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society’s hallmarks. The Honors Anthology award was presented to Lisa Turcotte of Coventry for her poem, "It's Not Easy Being Green;” Stacey Williams of Tolland was awarded honorable mention for the Creative Art award for the chapter scrapbook; Faith Raymond of Bolton, Michelle Nickerson of Storrs, and J. Ashley Odell of Manchester received Service awards for leadership and service. Nicholas Sanborn of Moodus was elected to serve as the southern region vice president for 2010-2011.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918. Membership is based primarily upon academic achievement. Invitation to membership may be extended only by the local chapter at the institution in which the student is enrolled.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.
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News Item Posted On: April 16, 2010
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