Jackson, MS – Middle States Regional Coordinator Pattie Van Atter, Coordinator of Instructional Support Services at the Wilmington Campus of Delaware Tech & Community College, has been chosen as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2013 Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award winner. Van Atter will receive her award at the Hallmark Awards Gala during Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention in San Jose, California, April 4-6, where she will also serve as keynote speaker at the Gratitude Banquet for Alumni and Friends.
The Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually to an alumnus in recognition of his or her service contributions in support of Phi Theta Kappa on the local, regional, national or international levels. Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors established this award to encourage and recognize continued support provided to the Society by outstanding alumni.
“Of Phi Theta Kappa’s more than 2 million alumni, only 18 have been selected as recipients of this honor,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley. “Pattie Van Atter’s unwavering support of Phi Theta Kappa over the years has certainly earned her this prestigious recognition. We are so very appreciative of the measure of time and support she has provided Phi Theta Kappa for more than a decade.”
Van Atter was inducted into the Alpha Psi Pi Chapter at Gloucester County College in New Jersey in 1998. She served as a chapter officer, was named to the All-New Jersey Academic Team and won her college's President's Medallion for Service and Leadership. She attended Temple University on a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and completed a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood, Special Education and Elementary Education.
A charter member of the award-winning Middle States Regional Alumni Association, Van Atter served as president in 2003-2004. She was elected to the Society’s Alumni Advisory Council for a one-year term and was later appointed by Dr. Risley to a three-year term. Just as her term serving as AAC Chair ended in 2012, she was named Middle States Regional Coordinator upon the retirement of Dr. Dan Houghtaling.
“I am very appreciative of the honor being given to me, but I truly believe it should be shared with those who have been instrumental in my time with Phi Theta Kappa, the many who have helped me change consequences into opportunities,” Van Atter said. “The list is a long one — my family and friends, fellow alumni and advisors, members of the Middle States Region, Society Staff, and my colleagues at Delaware Technical Community College.
“Most significantly, I bestow the honor of this award in memory of my grandmother, who afforded me my membership into the Society, an act of love which turned out to be the beginning of many golden opportunities and an enhanced Phi Theta Kappa experience,” Van Atter added. “The most rewarding experience for me has been witnessing the continued success of our members. Assisting others to change consequences into opportunities has been my way of giving back and that is what motivates me to continue my journey.”
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 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 135,000 students inducted annually.