About Phi Theta Kappa
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"The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage academic achievement among two-year college students. Being a member of Upsilon Pi chapter will provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. "
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What is Phi Theta Kappa?
Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of the two-year community college. Since this time, this prestigious honors society has greatly expanded its horizons to include over two million members in more than 1,200 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.
The words “Phi Theta Kappa” are derived from the Greek words: phronimon, thumos, and katharotes. These words stand for wisdom, aspiration, and purity. Along with the values that Phi Theta Kappa’s name represents, the purpose of the society is the promotion of Scholarship, the development of Leadership, and the cultivation of Fellowship while striving for excellence in the community through Service among students of two-year community colleges throughout the world.
Each college (or college campus) represents a different chapter within Phi Theta Kappa. In turn each representative chapter is given a different Greek name. There are 57 chapters with 4 districts in Illinois. John A. Logan Community College: Upsilon Pi was chartered on January 25, 1970 and has inducted hundreds of members since its existence.
Phi Theta Kappa offers many opportunities for academic enrichment through programs such as our Honor Study Topic. In addition, members have the opportunity to travel to many exciting locations where they meet other interesting and diverse Phi Theta Kappans. The friendships made while in Phi Theta Kappa can last a lifetime.
What are the Benefits of Membership?
Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society guarantees you access to benefits that will recognize your outstanding academic accomplishments and provide you with the competitive edge that helps ensure future success. These benefits are unmatched by any other collegiate honor society.
Membership recognizes your academic success
· The Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
· A Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate and ID Card
· Recognition during college induction ceremony
· The official Seal of Phi Theta Kappa placed on your college diploma*
· Notation of membership on your college transcript*
· Recognition by wearing Phi Theta Kappa Commencement Regalia during college graduation and other official ceremonies
· A Press Release announcing your academic achievement
Membership empowers you with a competitive edge
· $37 million in scholarships for members only
· FREE enrollment in CollegeFish.org, a transfer and college completion planning tool
· FREE access to Five Star Competitive Edge, a personal and professional development plan for building marketable skills and an online portfolio
· FREE access to our Career Resource Center
· Opportunity to be published in Phi Theta Kappa's anthology, Nota Bene
· Opportunities to develop research and servant leadership skills by participating in Honors in Action programming in local chapter
· Opportunity to become part of a network of over 2.5 million fellow scholars and servant leaders on more than 1,270 campuses worldwide
· Increased pay grade for entry level federal jobs
· Personalized letters of recommendation for scholarships and employment
· Special benefits and offers from Phi Theta Kappa corporate partners
Who Is Eligible?
To join the Upsilon Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa you must have earned at least 12 college credit hours at John A. Logan Community College and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher. Full membership will cost a onetime fee of $95. Once a member, a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher must be maintained in order to remain in good standing with Phi Theta Kappa.
“Provisional Memberships” are offered to students wishing to join before meeting full membership requirements. Provisional members would be able to participate in all activities such as college projects, fundraisers, and community involvement. Provisional members are not eligible to run for an officer or vote in an election. In order to remove the provisional status and become a full Phi Theta Kappa member, a provisional member must meet eligibility requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and at least 12 college credits during the current semester.
Membership into Phi Theta Kappa affords you the opportunity to grow and learn more about your abilities as an individual.
What Activities are Available?
Upsilon Pi is an active chapter providing several opportunities for students to become involved and serve our college and community.
· General Upsilon Pi Meetings (weekly)
· Induction Ceremony
· Regional Conferences
· International Convention Trips
· Fellowship Events
· Fundraising Events (raffles, bake sales, etc.)
· and much more
How Do I Apply for Membership?
Full Membership: Online
Students who meet the requirements and wish to accept Full Membership can register online at “www.ptk.org/acceptmembership/login.go”. A seven letter pass-code or “pin” is required for acceptance. This pass-code can be found on your invitation letter/email from the chapter advisor. Once online, students should follow the screen prompts completing all information. The $95 membership fee is a onetime fee payable online by credit card.
Provisional Membership: In Person
Students who meet the requirements and wish to accept Provisional Membership may apply in person at any time. The Chapter Advisor’s office is located in C-Wing Room 218B in the Student Success Center. Please complete the application and return it to the advisor.
What is the Induction Ceremony?
Induction is a ceremony honoring our students as they become official members of Phi Theta Kappa. The Induction Ceremony will be held on November XX, 2013 and February XX, 2013. New members are asked to dress in casual business attire and arrive at 4:30 pm. We encourage the attendance of family members and friends. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 pm and will last approximately one hour followed by a brief reception.
Still have questions?
We encourage you to contact our Vice President of Membership, Denetta Magruder at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to our weekly meeting to talk to us in person (Wednesdays at 1:30 in room B48.)