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DCC Phi Theta Kappa Awards

Student members and faculty advisors of the Upsilon Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Danville Community College proudly display awards won at the international honor society’s regional convention in Chesapeake. Shown front row: left to right, are Vickie Taylor (advisor), Roxanne Jacobs with Spirit Bear, Doris Burton, Chris Pantazis (advisor) and Sherry Gott (advisor); back row: Nick Reynolds, Jody Bussell, Steven Oake and Jermar Hairston.

DANVILLE, VA, March 23, 2015 – Striving for excellence is a hallmark of Danville Community College’s Upsilon Phi Chapter. Recently, the chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa reached a new level of achievement – being named Outstanding Chapter in the Virginia/ West Virginia Region at the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Convention at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake.

In addition to being named “outstanding chapter,? DCC received a Distinguished Chapter award, and earned first place for its “Honors in Action Project,? “College Project,? and the “Fighting Cancer Award.? Chapter President, Steven Oake, received an “Outstanding Officer Award,? and the Chapter Vice President, Roxanne Jacobs, received an “Outstanding Member Award.?

Student members attending the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Convention were Steven Oake, Roxanne Jacobs, Jermar Hairston, Christine Llana, Carla Llana, Sue Richard, and Deisy Vela. Two of the chapter’s advisors – Chris Pantazis, Instructor of Biology, and Sherry Gott, Associate Professor of English – accompanied the students, along with the chapter’s mascot, Spirit Bear.

“The awards show all the hard work and dedication of the group of students. I’m very proud of them,? said Assistant Professor of Sociology Vickie Taylor, chapter advisor. “They worked hard, and they worked together for the good of the whole chapter.?

While Upsilon Phi is an honor society chapter, academics is not the only focus of the chapter. Service learning on campus and in the community is a major component of students’ experiences as chapter members, Taylor said. At the recent regional convention, the chapter was honored for its College Project – the planting of a Veterans’ Memorial Garden behind the DCC ball field, and its Honors in Action project – conducting research on the long-term effects of the coal ash spill in the Dan River and creating a triptych titled “Don’t Eat the Fish.?


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