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NMJC's Phi Theta Kappa Gearing Up

10/18/2007 3:07:05 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's Phi Theta Kappa student organization is preparing for the year by offering orientation sessions for students who are interested in PTK to explain the benefits of becoming a member. The last orientation session will be on Saturday, October 20, 2 pm, Heidal Hall, room 203.

Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society for the two-year colleges, whose mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming.

In order to become a member of the PTK organization, a student must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied toward an associate degree, maintain a grade point average of 3.5, receive an invitation for membership, and adhere to moral standards of the society.

Dr. John Gratton, NMJC's Vice President for Instruction, explained some of the rewards of PTK membership, "Our students meet a lot of contacts through this organization. It is a prestigious honor society that presents tremendous benefits. These students are generally contacted by senior colleges with scholarship opportunities."

Gratton further explained that membership is not only self beneficial for the students, but beneficial for many, "NMJC's PTK organization recently went to Las Cruces for a regional conference. While there, we networked with other PTK organizations and decided that our [NMJC] group will focus on a literacy project this year, where books that are not accepted back by our bookstore will be collected and sent to Better World Books. Better World Books then sends these books to literacy education and non-profit groups, some in foreign countries."

Applications for NMJC's student organization may be obtained through Dr. Gratton, or Dr. Regina Organ, Vice President for Student Services. Their offices are located in the John Shepherd Administrative Building. Applications will be accepted through the middle of November. For more information on PTK, call 492.2760.

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