Northeast Phi Theta Kappa members attend Nerd Nation

by amandab  5/17/2016 8:15:48 AM -- 

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - “Nerd” was the word for a group of Northeast Community College students who attended an international convention held here recently. Six members of Northeast’s Tau Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa attended Nerd Nation, the organization’s annual convention, held this year at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Nearly 4,000 members from 591 chapters, including advisors, alumni and sponsors attended the event, where participants heard from speakers, attended breakout sessions and connected with other chapters.

Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa earned honorable mention accolades for their “Socktober” College Project implemented last fall. Students collaborated with Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership to collect gently used clothing, socks and other items to donate to Goldenrod Hills in Norfolk.

Northeast members who attended this year’s Nerd Nation include 2015-2016 Vice President of Scholarship Erika Rupprecht, Clarkson, 2016-2017 President Layne Roth, Norfolk, 2016-2017 Vice President of Leadership Natalie Retzlaff, Pierce, Dylan Kudera, Norfolk, Tegan Karella, Hoskins, and Michelle Luebbert, Dodge.

“Our six students started the trip not knowing each other and ended the trip as friends,” said Andrea Suhr, Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “As one of the advisors, I feel like the best part of Nerd Nation was watching the confidence grow in our students as they participated in the activities and breakout sessions.”

Suhr says the group attended sessions by Dr. Paul G. Stoltz, author of “Grit: The New Science of What It Takes to Persevere, Flourish, Succeed”; economist Lord John Eatwell; and Katty Kay, lead anchor for BBC World News.

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society encourages and recognizes the academic achievements of students in two-year colleges while offering opportunities for professional and individual growth through participation in a variety of activities. It includes over 1,200 chapters in all 50 states and a number of international locations. The society inducts approximately 134,000 students each year.

 

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Members of Northeast Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa take part in Nerd Nation, the organization’s annual convention, held this year in National Harbor, Maryland. Nearly 4,000 members from 591 chapters, including advisors, alumni and sponsors attended the event, where participants heard from speakers, attended breakout sessions and connected with other chapters. Pictured (second from left) is Dylan Kudera, Norfolk. Fourth from left are Natalie Retzlaff, Pierce, Tegan Karella, Hoskins, and Erika Rupprecht, Clarkson.

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