Phi Theta Kappa Appoints Five Faculty Members to Honors Program Council

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Jackson, MS – Margo Hamm, Glenn Rohlfing, Dr. Christine Solomon, Dr. Melissa Weinbrenner and Dr. Johannah B. Williams have been appointed to Phi Theta Kappa's Honors Program Council. They will serve four-year terms on the council, effective July 1, 2014.

"We are privileged to have these five advisors as members of our Honors Program Council," said Phi Theta Kappa's Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Rod A. Risley. "Their vast teaching experience will be invaluable to the council in developing and exploring a new Honors Study Topic. We welcome their expertise as dedicated Phi Theta Kappa advisors and as highly respected members of their community college faculties."

The new appointees will serve in the following positions on the Honors Program Council:

STEM Representative: Dr. Christine Solomon, Trident Technical College, South Carolina (Division I)  – Discipline: Accounting

STEM Representative: Dr. Johannah B. Williams, Hinds Community College, Mississippi (Division 2) – Discipline: Computer Science

Collaborative Learning Representative: Glenn Rohlfing, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado (Division 4) – Discipline: History, Grant Director for Collaborative Learning Grant

Service Learning Representative: Margo Hamm, Somerset Community College, Kentucky (Division 2) – Discipline: Librarian, Associate Dean

Leadership Development Representative:  Dr. Melissa Weinbrenner, Northeast Texas Community College, Texas (Division 2) – Discipline: History, Leadership

Each representative has previously served as a Faculty Scholar.

According to Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs, Susan Edwards, the appointees will serve through the 2018 Honors Institute and visit the Center for Excellence this summer for the 2014 Honors Program Council meeting. They help assess the Society’s honors programming and develop the 2016/2017 Honors Study Topic.

The Honors Program Council also publishes the Honors Program Guide, a resource for exploring the Honors Study Topic, and assists in planning the Society's Faculty Scholar Conference and Honors Institute, a weeklong summer conference focusing on the Honors Study Topic.

Other members of the Honors Program Council include Edwards, Monika Byrd, Dean of Leadership Development, Phi Theta Kappa; Jennifer Stanford, Dean of Service Learning, Phi Theta Kappa; Dr. Joan Fedor, Honors Consultant, Sun City West, Arizona; Jo Fritts, Social Sciences Representative, Ozarks Technical and Community College, Springfield, Missouri; Dr. Sauda Smith, Humanities Representative, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Lisa York, Cultural Studies Representative, Asheville-Buncombe Community College, Asheville, North Carolina.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.