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Students elected to Phi Theta Kappa regional offices

Two Mid Michigan Community College students were elected to the 2017-2018 Michigan Region Officer Board of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). Madelyn McLavy of Harrison will serve as Vice President and Kristin Shoaf of Gladwin will serve as the Public Relations/Historian.

McLavy (left) and Shoaf elected as PTK regional officers

“Running for a regional officer position is one of the biggest accomplishments of my college career and is something that will stick with me forever,” explained McLavy, a member of MMCC’s Alpha Omicron Omicron PTK chapter. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will teach me exactly who I am as a leader and who I am as a person.”

Students, alumni and advisors from Mid Michigan Community College’s (MMCC) chapter of PTK attended the PTK Michigan Regional Convention in May, when the election occurred. More than 140 student leaders and advisors from 20 community colleges around the state gathered at Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia for the convention.

Regional Officer duties include traveling to various Michigan community colleges to speak at induction ceremonies and orientations, as well as attending networking events with other chapter members. McLavy and Schoaf also were invited to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious Honors Institute at Loyola University in Chicago in June. Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute is an intensive weeklong exploration of the PTK Honors Study Topic and features internationally recognized speakers, small group seminars, educational field trips and experiential activities.

“A year ago, I never thought that I could be a Regional Officer for PTK,” Schoaf said. “I grew a lot as a leader at the chapter level and throughout the year. I learned that I was capable of even more! When I doubted myself, my advisor and my team lifted me up. When they saw skills I could improve, they helped me strengthen them.”

To receive this honor, each candidate was required to give a speech on the PTK Honors Study Topic: How the World Works: Global Perspectives and then answer questions from a panel of current Regional officers. Finally, each candidate was given an hour and a half at a political rally to greet members and voting delegates. MMCC graduate Sarah Kohler of Harrison was also elected as Public Relations/Historian to the PTK Michigan Region Alumni Board.

“From planning the leadership conference to creating the monthly newsletter, serving as a PTK regional officer was always full of new experiences,” said Kohler.  “I learned a lot about what other chapters were doing to be successful, and what kinds of help they needed from the regional level to help them grow.”

Bryan Cody of Caro was also recognized at the convention for receiving first place in the Michigan Region Distinguished Chapter Officer category and Kohler was the Michigan Region Scholarship winner.

MMCC launched a PTK chapter in 1989—one of nearly 1,300 PTK chapters worldwide. Over the past 28 years, MMCC’s chapter has grown and maintained the highest level of achievement— a 5 Star Chapter. Through chapter and individual projects, members have succeeded in serving the college and community.

“What a great group of student leaders we have at Mid Michigan Community College. At the Michigan Regional Convention, not only did our students network with students from other chapters and colleges, but they worked together as a team to help Kristin and Madelyn campaign for their positions on the Regional board,” noted Tammy Alvaro, MMCC Director of Student Advancement and PTK advisor. “They all came home with renewed energy, having learned more about themselves throughout the year and having made friends from other community colleges around the state.”

For more information about MMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, visit midmich.edu/ptk or contact Tammy Alvaro at talvaro@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622, extension 634.

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