We’re the Cover Story on Community College Week!

We’re thrilled to share this story about Phi Theta Kappa, the success of our members and our potential for growth that was featured this week on Community College Week. Some highlights:

“To glimpse at the numbers that define Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, is to see an organization that is helping students thrive and prosper in a big way.”

” ‘We have great potential to grow,’ said George Boggs, the former president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges who recently was elected chair of PTK’s Board of Directors. ‘We want more students to be successful. That will be our focus going forward. If we could get half of the students who are eligible, we’d have a lot more students getting involved and being successful.’ “

“There is little doubt that PTK students are smart, but there are other reasons that account for the group’s success — particularly the emphasis on getting students deeply engaged in their own academic careers.”

” ‘I have wondered for a long time why colleges are not more proactive about PTK, given its track record,’ said John Roueche, who led the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas for 41 years. ‘It would make no sense for colleges not to promote and market Phi Theta Kappa.’ “

Read the full story.

Congratulations to the NerdNation T-Shirt Design Winner!

Kudos to Beverley York for submitting the winning design for the NerdNation 2016 T-Shirt Design Competition! Her design inspired the official NerdNation 2016 shirt, which will soon be available in the Phi Theta Kappa Store.

More than 75 designs were submitted for consideration. Headquarters staff members narrowed the field to the Top 10, and then we opened voting to you!

“I was quite aware of the amount of other awesome designs entered this year, and to be selected as first place is truly an honor,” York said. “To be inspired by the owl, a true representative of wisdom and intelligence for all ages, was undeniably my reason behind the creation of this particular design.”

York is a member of the Beta Zeta Epsilon Chapter at Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa. She will receive a $500 scholarship and a complimentary 2016 NerdNation T-Shirt, and she will be recognized on stage during the Fourth General Session on Saturday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m.

Nolan Havig of the Beta Kappa Chi Chapter at Cerro Coso Community College in California received second place and a $250 scholarship for his design. Third place and a $50 Phi Theta Kappa Store gift card went to Carter Ruff of the Omicron Beta Chatper at Mesa Community College in Arizona. See their designs.

Thanks to everyone who submitted designs and voted! We can’t wait to see everyone wearing this shirt at NerdNation 2016!