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Danville Community College’s Upsilon Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa won third place in distinguished chapter officer team for the Virginia/West Virginia Region during its annual awards ceremony in Hampton Roads on Saturday, March 3. Pictured, from left, are Vice President Kellie Wyatt, President Nick Hines, and Secretary and Historian Hannah Elliott.


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DCC Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Sherry Gott, left, and Vickie Taylor proudly display their award for Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team, which they received at the Virginia/West Virginia regional awards on Saturday, March 3.

DCC Honor Society Wins Big at Regional Awards


(March 12, 2018)  – Among the 13 awards and other commendations Danville Community College’s (DCC) Upsilon Phi Chapter of International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) earned this year is the esteemed Most Distinguished Chapter award.
During the Virginia/West Virginia Regional awards in Hampton Roads on Saturday, March 3, DCC PTK members and advisors accepted first place for communications, third place for fundraising, first place in community service, first place in distinguished chapter officer for Sarah George, first place in distinguished member for Michael Jones, third place in distinguished chapter officer team for Sarah George, Kellie Wyatt, Hannah Elliott, Maggie May Turner, Tara Morris, Michael Jones, and Jesse Saunders, distinguished chapter advisor for Chris Pantazis, continuing excellence award for advisors for Sherry Gott, distinguished chapter advisor team for Vickie Taylor, Sherry Gott, and Chris Pantazis, Honors in Action Award for Theme Six, first place overall for Honors in Action Award, third place in College Project Award, and Most Distinguished Chapter.
DCC PTK also achieved Five-Star status again and were recognized for participating in the Regional Honors Project.
Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. The Five Star Chapter Plan is the roadmap guiding the chapter through the levels. Chapters use the plan as a guide for building strong, active chapters.
This plan, which reflects the scholarly ideals of Phi Theta Kappa, serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter and for earning local, regional, and international recognition. In this plan, chapters do not compete against one another.
Participation encourages excellence and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter.
Using the Five Star Chapter Plan as a guide to success, chapters can enhance their working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on the campus and in the community. On a personal level, involvement in the program will educate chapter members in the importance of deadlines and organizational skills.
The strength of Phi Theta Kappa is determined by the achievements of chapters on the local level. Recognition for these achievements provides reinforcement and encourages a recommitment to chapter goals.
Last summer, DCC students planted a campus vegetable garden as part of PTK’s annual service learning Honors in Action project. The multidisciplinary project tied coursework to community needs and worked to address the issue of hunger in the campus community as well as helped students learn about biology, sustainable agriculture, statistics, and how social perceptions impact actions.
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