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Tyler Junior College Chapter Highlights Commitment and Student Engagement
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Advisors: Gigi Delk, Shannon Cross, Dr. Alan Barnes
Commitment to Completion was a highlight of a recent week of activities at Tyler Junior College in Texas, planned by the Alpha Omicron Chapter as its Five Star Chapter Development Plan College Project.
The week highlighted the college’s three promises: a quality education, vibrant student life, and commitment to community service. Student engagement is considered a determining factor in retention and persistence to college completion.
During the week, Tyler students signed a Commitment to Complete, and Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley met with both students and faculty to discuss student success and college completion. More than 200 students signed the Commitment, and two additional signing opportunities have also been scheduled.
Representatives from five Phi Theta Kappa chapters, two National Honor Society chapters and nine Tyler student organizations attended, with the campus Provost, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Director of Human Resources.
During the week the chapter also hosted a student leadership forum, a faculty development day featuring Dr. Risley as the keynote speaker, and fundraising events to benefit health-related causes.
Chapter members and college Art Club members participated in a project sponsored by TOMS Shoes to aid developing countries. Painted shoes will also be auctioned to help fund a Tyler student’s heart transplant.
Chapter members also sponsored a community health fair and a bicycle race and walk to raise funds to fight breast cancer and for a new Health Sciences Center at Tyler.