Each year, chapters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society are asked to complete a college project. The project is designed to help students meet a need or engage in opportunities to give back to their college campus. It also gives student leaders the opportunity to develop communication and relationships with their campus administrators.
Student members of Alpha Omicron Omicron (AOO) chapter at Mid Michigan Community College first met with MMCC president Dr. Christine Hammond to see if there was a project or initiative on campus with which they could become involved. Hammond explained the needs of MMCC’s increasing population of international students.
Hearing that, members of AOO went right to work, meeting with administrators on campus who work with the international students and with Lucy Andarcia, the advisor of the International Student Organization. AOO’s officer team next submitted a grant proposal to MMCC’s Foundation, receiving funding to support a spring trip to Frankenmuth.
One of the main goals of the students was to take MMCC’s international students to Michigan destinations to experience some Michigan culture and to form new bonds and friendships. On April 2, students from Phi Theta Kappa chartered a bus to take the international students to Frankenmuth.
Upon arrival, everyone went to the Bavarian Inn and made their own pretzels. Immediately after, the entire group sat together at Zehnder’s Restaurant for its world-famous chicken dinner. The group enjoyed walking around and visiting the shops in the downtown area. Finally, everyone toured the Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland store.
Tammy Alvaro, MMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa advisor, called the adventure “a great day.”
“Watching the students network, building new bonds and friendships . . . taking turns on the bus speaking in different languages, smiling and having fun all day was inspiring,” she said.
Andarcia was equally impressed. “What an amazing day! To see that we are a family at MMCC it brightens my heart,” she said. “These experiences outside the class are essential to create a great atmosphere of friendship and memories to remember forever.”