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MDC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Students Win Recognition Award at Florida Regional Conference


Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Omicron Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society

Miami, March 8, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Omicron Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society won high recognition at the recent Florida (PTK) Regional Conference. The chapter’s officers, consisting of six exemplary students beat out tens of other chapters to receive the conference’s Regional Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award. Over 40 PTK chapters attended the conference, but only three officer teams, including MDC Kendall’s chapter, received this recognition.

This award is reserved for teams of officers who demonstrate “an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society's Hallmarks.” The hallmarks of the Society are: leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service­­—which MDC’s chapter has exemplified year after year.

“We are so proud to have our officers represent the approximately 1,000 members at the Kendall Campus in the Florida Region. The officers have worked diligently all year performing different community service events, providing college transfer information to their members, and starting a new student ambassador program,” said Associate Professor Dr. Suzanne Mignone, who co-advises the students. “The award was well deserved,” she added.

Current and past members of PTK have achieved great academic, professional and personal heights in the 45 years since MDC’s chapter was incepted. The Society represents a diverse group of students who hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher. At the College’s graduation ceremonies, these students bear the Society’s distinctive gold stoles and tassels.

In addition to the officer’s award, the Omicron Tau Chapter was elected into the Regional Service Hallmark Chapter, which gives them the responsibility for organizing a regional service project. They will also present a workshop at the next regional convention and hope to have involvement at the Society’s international convention.  

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the scholastic honor society for students attending two-year colleges. Founded in 1918, it is the only internationally acclaimed honor society serving institutions which offer associate degree programs. The purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship among scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

For more information, please call MDC Assistant Professor Dr. Melissa Buehler or Associate Professor Dr. Suzanne Mignone at 305-237-2215.

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