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Phi Theta Kappa honors academic achievements

National honor society welcomes 156 new members from City College at annual induction ceremony

CITY COLLEGE’S ACADEMIC HONOR society Phi Theta Kappa hosted its annual new member induction ceremony Nov. 13.

“This year there were 156 new members of Phi Theta Kappa with 25 of those new members attending the induction ceremony,” said academic honors program coordinator Professor Paul Frank.

According to Frank, the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to both recognize and encourage scholarships for students pursuing an associate degree, through the development of leadership and service.

“Phi Theta Kappa does a variety of things,” said Frank. “It’s an academic honor society helping to build research skills through academic research and service, as well as offering scholarships.”

During the induction ceremony tradition each member’s name, major and life goal were read, as well as each member signing into the membership book and receiving a candle to light.

In addition to the induction ceremony each new member received a raffle ticket good for a $100 book voucher to the City College Store. There were 10 winners, Frank said.

“Each book voucher was provided by the City College Foundation and Advancement Office,” said Frank.

Although Phi Theta Kappa focuses on students pursuing a two-year associate degree, it also assists students transferring from a two-year college to a four-year university, including scholarship opportunities, according to Frank.

“Students learn to develop their leadership skills by helping to host a conference,” said Frank. “They can also keep track of their leadership skills so that they are prepared for future job interviews.”

According to Frank, each fall and spring semester the Nevada/California Regional Board of Phi Theta Kappa alternates between Northern and Southern California conventions.
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“In addition to the induction ceremony, we also participate in fellowships with other chapters,” said Frank. “Our chapter recently hosted the regional conference on leadership.”

This year it was City College’s turn to host the fall convention, which was held at the Embassy Suites in Old Sacramento, said Frank. “Our job was to locate a venue, as well as put together the convention programs, activities and food.”

According to Frank, during the convention students and faculty participated in themed workshops and scavenger hunts.

“The convention gives students the opportunity to learn more about the organization and gain leadership skills, while participating in social fellowships and meeting new members,” said Frank.

Being a member of the honors program has opened many doors for theater arts major Alicia Crawford in terms of financial assistance.

“PTK is a great service for students to become engaged in honors activities,” said Crawford. “They assist students with locating exclusive scholarships available only for honors students.”

Each semester the academic honor society sends invitations to qualifying students who must have completed a minimum of 12 units of coursework with a 3.5 GPA toward an associate degree.

According to, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest and most prestigious honor society for colleges offering twoyear associate degrees.

“Currently there is a $75 one-time membership fee for each new member, which we’re thinking of increasing as we have one of the lowest membership rates,” said Frank.

In addition to joining the honor society, prospective members are also invited to the ceremony where new members are inducted, as well as having an opportunity to meet current Phi Theta Kappa students, Frank said.

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