Jackson, Mississippi - Texas alumnus Kenneth Ruemke has been named as the recipient of Phi Theta Kappa's 2015 Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award at NerdNation 2015, Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention, in San Antonio, Texas, where he will also serve as the keynote speaker at the Alumni Gratitude Banquet.
"He is helpful and encouraging, always modeling the way for students by reflecting the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa - scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship," Texas Regional Coordinator Debbra Esparza said of Ruemke. "There is literally nothing that he will not do for Phi Theta Kappa."
Ruemke was inducted into the Alpha Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Lone Star College- North Harris Campus, Texas, on May 1, 1993.
A chartering member of the Alpha of North Harris Alumni Association, he continues to serve as Treasurer. Ruemke also serves as Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council and as Texas Regional Alumni Advisor and Treasurer. His keen eye for detail has been instrumental in Texas and international efforts to manage fundraising, creating more opportunities for members and donors.
Ruemke has attended every Alpha Alpha Rho induction ceremony since 1997 and serves as a mentor to untold numbers of students. He also assists the chapter with preparation of hallmark awards and travels with them as a chaperone.
Under Ruemke's leadership, members of the Texas Regional Alumni Association (TRAA) conduct workshops at each regional event and host annual statewide Honors in Action workshops, subsidizing a substantial portion of the cost.
When the Dr. Mary Hood Leaders of Promise Scholarship fund was established, he led the campaign to raise a $5,000.00 matching challenge for the fund.
Ruemke also oversees the competitive process for the Walter B. Cooper Memorial Scholarship (awarded by Texas Alumni) and the Pinnacle Award for Continued Excellence, which honors advisors in the Texas Region.
"Kenneth's dedication has earned the trust and respect from all alumni, advisors and headquarters staff," said Phi Theta Kappa Foundation CEO Dr. Nancy Rieves. "He is a true model of alumni commitment."
Ruemke said he is honored to be nominated and selected to receive the award.
"Phi Theta Kappa has instilled in me a motivation to stay involved. I am constantly learning and developing skills that not only applied when I was a student, but are also relevant now in daily life," he said. "My involvement also gives me the opportunity to pay back Phi Theta Kappa and pay it forward to the individuals entering the Society in the future."
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.