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New Jersey Student Elected to Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors

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Jackson, MS — Jesus Garcia, Phi Theta Kappa’s 2013-2014 International Vice President for Division I and a student at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey, has been elected to serve on Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors, Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley has announced.

International Vice President, Division I, Jesus Garcia

Garcia will serve as the Student Representative to the Board of Directors through April of 2014. He will meet with the Board during the Annual Winter Meeting, to be held January 19 in Washington, D.C., and again in April 2014 during the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, to be held in Orlando, Florida.

Garcia was elected International Vice President for Division I during the Society’s Annual Convention in San Jose, California, in 2013. He has represented the Society during official events throughout the 2013-2014 academic year and will preside with his fellow officers over the Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Garcia is a Mechanical Engineering major who plans to work in the robotics field. He hopes to move to South Korea or Japan to work in Kawada Industries, one of the fastest-growing mechanical and robotics engineering companies.

His love for engineering extends from his childhood. As a child, he built the toys with which he and his siblings played. His love for building and creating things led him to be part of the first-ever “Robotics Club” in his middle school, where he found his calling for engineering. While still in high school, he placed first in the RoboCup Junior Robotics Competition in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Garcia’s high school life was demanding but equally as enriching. He was a caretaker for his younger siblings, but this personal commitment did not prevent him from becoming more active in his high school. He joined clubs like the Sign Language Club, the Literary Society, and even co-founded the first Engineering Club for his high school.

With the increased participation, Garcia’s passion for engineering and academia grew. After volunteering for the Sign Language Club, he discovered a love for languages and went on to learn Japanese and to serve as the “Main Student Translator” for his school, an honor that until that point was only given to senior students. Garcia is now fluent in four languages.

Attending the local community college was pretty much the only option for Garcia, so he was determined to make the most of his academic career. He began volunteering with his Phi Theta Kappa chapter before starting college; and he is active with the Honors Program, having received the Excellence Award and multiple scholarships. He has also served as the New Jersey State President for the Middle States Region.

In addition to these roles, Garcia continues to care for his younger siblings and work part-time as a Supplemental Math Instructor at Essex Community College — all while maintaining a 3.59 GPA.

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, 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. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 130,000 students inducted annually.