Former International Officer Delivers Completion Address

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Jeremy Mathis, who served as 2011-2012 International Vice President – Division IV, recently returned to Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado to deliver a speech on a topic he’s come to know well: college completion.

Jeremy Mathis

“It was an honor to be invited back,” Mathis said. “As a student who had initially had issues with the transfer process, I was happy to share my experience with the students there and explain the importance of completion and how I dealt with the issues by completing a transferrable degree.”

The event, held February 11, was part of Pikes Peak’s C4 – Commit to Complete Rally, which sought to encourage students to successfully graduate from community college. Mathis’ speech focused on the importance of graduating with an associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution and told of his personal experiences in navigating the college transfer network.

Mathis had planned to transfer to Colorado State University-Pueblo after completing two years at Pike’s Peak. But he ran into trouble with the university not accepting all of his credits. So he stayed for a third year, took additional courses and completed an Associate of General Studies, which qualified him for the Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Pathway — a set of general education courses that the state guarantees to transfer.

He went on to receive the Destination Scholarship for transfer students from CSU-Pueblo. His additional time at Pike’s Peak  — plus his transfer to CSU-Pueblo in the summer of 2012 rather than in the fall — will allow him to graduate in May 2013 — a semester early.

Mathis served as Vice President of Leadership of the Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter as well as Vice President of the Colorado Region. He was named to the All-Colorado Academic Team and received a 2011 Honors Case Study Challenge Award. He and his wife have five children, including a set of triplets.

Mathis is majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. While his original career goal of working in the White House remains, his service as an International Officer has inspired him to take another path first: to law school.

He hopes that his experience with Phi Theta Kappa and as an International Officer will help him submit a better application for law school. With his eyes set on Washington, D.C., he first sees himself serving as a state legislator in Colorado. He said he's made many friends along the way who "are as invested in my success as I am."

"Don't wait for anything, just dive right in," he said in a word of advice to Phi Theta Kappa members. "No one expects you to be perfect or get it right the first try.

"As long as you don't over-commit yourself, and deliver on your promises to your team, your experience with Phi Theta Kappa will prove to be beneficial and a great asset for you for the rest of your life."