Tyler Junior College Chapter Highlights Commitment and Student Engagement

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.

Alpha Omicron chapter meets with Dr. Rod Risley

Alpha Omicron chapter members and guests met recently with Dr. Rod Risley, third from left. Advisor Gigi Delk is second from left.

“Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Rod Risley” brought Tyler Junior College student leaders, area National Honor Society leaders, and area Phi Theta Kappa chapters together for an evening of fellowship, coffee and conversation about the importance of completing a community college credential.

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.

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