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PTK Chapter Wins at State, International Levels
April 18, 2019

A group of students from Walters State needed an extra suitcase to bring home all the awards won recently at the PTK Catalyst in Orlando. PTK Catalyst is the international convention of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for community college students.
The Walters State chapter was recognized as the Most Distinguished College Project at both the state and the international level for “Reconnect the Reconnectors.” This project was designed to welcome adult learners attending college through the Tennessee Reconnect grant program and connect those students to college resources. The chapter was also recognized as a Tennessee Chapter of Light.
At the international convention, the Walters State chapter was recognized with the highest honor for chapters, the International Five Star Chapter.  The college also received the International Distinguished REACH Chapter recognizing its growth.
Advisors Dr. Lisa Eccles and Teresa Smith were named Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team. Eccles also received the Tennessee Region Horizon Award for her support of the goals of PTK on a state level. Eccles and Smith were also honored at the international conference. Eccles was named the Phi Theta Kappa Continued Excellence Advisor. This award recognizes advisors who have served at least four years and made Significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapters, served as a PTK advocate on campus and encouraged members to participate in PTK at all levels. Smith received the PTK Advisor Paragon Award, which recognizes excellence in advisors who have served less than four years as an advisor.
Eccles is a professor of biology and Smith is an instructor of English.    
PTK members must have a GPA of 3.5 after completion of at least 12 college credit hours. The Walters State chapter has 542 members. 

In the Photo: The Walters State Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, was named a Five-Star Chapter at the PTK’s international convention earlier this month. From left are advisor Teresa Smith, officers Cole Horner, Pierce Morgan, Lauren Eccles, Austin Hudson, Nicholas Stephan, Amaris Romero, Andee Menees and advisor Dr. Lisa Eccles. Not pictured is officer Daphne Salvador-Reyes.