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LaGuardia Community College’s Honor Society Once
Again Receives Awards at Regional and International Ceremony
Long Island City, NY—May 5, 2014—For the third consecutive year, Alpha Theta Phi, LaGuardia Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for two-year colleges, was recognized at the New York Regional Convention and the Florida International Convention for their many accomplishments in 2013. LaGuardia’s chapter was once again the top chapter among more than 60 in the New York region.
The chapter won prizes, at the New York Regional Convention, in the following individual categories: Christian Glatz was the winner of the College Project Hallmark award, and Ross Adler was the winner for Digital Media Hallmark for the Chapter website. In addition, it was named a Five-Star chapter, which is the highest level a chapter can achieve.
For the 2013 Honors in Action research project, on the topic of “ How the Culture of Competition Factors into Education,” LaGuardia Honor students focused on competition between colleges internationally and how the college ranking system is biased. The College project started with a suggestion from Dr. Paul Arcario, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, who having seen the custom PTK chapter app, developed by Christian Glatz, initiated a meeting with IT to discuss the planning of a new college app.
The PTK College Project team assisted the IT development team in customization of an institutional cross-platform mobile app, which would allow students to access a variety of information related to the College including class schedules, student services’ locations and office hours, social clubs and more. The process of researching took three months, and to present their findings the PTK members hosted an event where they invited the College community to partake in a Jeopardy-style game.
The Paragon Award for New Advisors was given to Dr. Payal Doctor, who is a PTK faculty advisor and newly elected to serve on the New York Region Advisory Board. Advisors who have been with PTK for four years or less qualify for the prestigious award.
“The students had to choose to nominate me. It’s a nice feeling, but it’s kind of a token that I’m getting rewarded for doing what I love. I help these students discover so much more, and aside from the research it’s teaching them how to manage their time, their schedules and work together as a team,” said Dr. Doctor.
On April 24-27, the PTK International Convention took place in Orlando, Florida where Dr. Payal Doctor received her award at the Chapter Advisors Luncheon and Hallmark Awards Gala. In attendance were about 4000 students from other colleges and six student delegates with two advisors from LaGuardia. The LaGuardia delegates will write about the educational forums they attended as a way to share their own experiences with their peers at http://ptkbarbaricyawp.blogspot.com/.
“Overall, the experience could be overwhelming for students who have not attended a conference before, but by the end of the three days, the LaGuardia delegation came away with new friends, experiences, and an education about how to be themselves and make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others,” said Dr. Doctor.
Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold: 1) recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.