Tyler Junior College’s Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society earned several awards at the PTK Texas Regional Convention.
Alpha Omicron placed first among the 93 chapters in the state, and TJC President Dr. Juan E. Mejia was named to the Texas Hall of Honor for College Presidents.
“We are all very proud of Tyler Junior College’s Alpha Omicron chapter,” Mejia said. “It is an honor and privilege to experience the leadership of professor and faculty advisor Gigi Delk, the dedication of the faculty and staff advisors, the focus on excellence by the student officers, and the unwavering work toward scholarship and service by all members of the chapter.”
TJC’s chapter awards included:
• 5-Star Chapter — one of 40 chapters in the state
• Texas Distinguished Officer Team — one of the four top officer teams in Texas, advancing to compete at the international level
• District III Hall of Honor — representing the 18 colleges in the East Texas area: DeShona Jernigan, Marshall, chapter president; Jacob Griffith, Flint, vice president of leadership; Shelby Morgan, Whitehouse, vice president of service; Jordan Booth, Rusk, vice president of fellowship; Jordan Wright, Arp, vice president of HIA; Albertini Caporali, Center, vice president of college project; Ashlen Court, Sulphur Springs, vice president of communications; and Amy Joffrion, Whitehouse, chapter reporting and fundraising (also a Texas regional officer)
• College Project Award of Merit — The Holley Project, which provides supplies and support to fellow students under quarantine in Holley Hall on the TJC main campus
• Honors in Action Theme Award of Distinction — Theme 6, Perceptions of Progress, which recognizes chapters who most successfully tied their research and project to one of the seven themes set out in PTK’s Honors Study Guide
• Honors in Action Award of Distinction — TJC Success Transfers information campaign, named top project in Texas
• Continued Excellence Texas Chapter — recognized as a Top 10 Texas chapter for three or more consecutive years, an award presented to only three chapters in the state
In addition to Mejia’s award, individual honors went to Shelby Morgan, who was named to the Texas Hall of Honor for Officers, and Chi Okegbe, Tyler, who was named to the Texas Hall of Honor for Members.
“Our students have always made a strong showing at these conventions,” Delk said, “but this year was even more impressive and meaningful, considering the challenges they have all faced over the past year.”
About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders.
PTK students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research has shown that strong presidential leadership and support of the organization increases member success and the depth of their college experience.
Chartered in 1930, TJC’s Alpha Omicron Chapter is one of the oldest Phi Theta Kappa chapters and was the 40th chapter established in the entire nation.