PTK Chapter donates funds to FRHS and time to veterans home

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by jamesc  2/15/2017 1:45:01 PM --  NORFOLK – Tau Chi, the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) the student honor society chapter at Northeast Community College, has completed service projects to the benefit of two organizations in Norfolk.

PTK’s Honors in Action program is designed to engage students in real-world problem-solving projects that are related through an honor study topic. The Tau Chi Chapter chose to research the theme nature versus engineered.

“After conducting some basic research, students contacted two entities in the Norfolk area that support individuals with prosthetics,” said Colleen Barnes, a Northeast PTK advisor. “They both indicated they have different needs for their patients and members and explained how PTK could help.”

The students decided to work to raise funds for the HOPE Fund at Faith Regional Health Services. The HOPE Fund was established by a local cancer survivor to provide on-going funding for items and services that support cancer recovery and survivorship among its patients.

Layne Roth, Norfolk, Tau Chi chapter president, said their honors study topic essay focused on the stigma that people with prosthetics encounter in their everyday lives.

“With today’s technology, prosthetics are allowing people the ability to live more productive lives. We want our contribution to the HOPE Fund to be used to help spread the word about the benefits of prosthetics and assist cancer patients Faith Regional serves in northeast Nebraska.”

Sam Wolfe, foundation coordinator at Faith Regional Health Services, said in addition to prosthetics, the HOPE Fund assists patients in funding additional items to help them through their treatment, such as bra fittings for those with breast prosthesis, gas cards and nutrition supplements, among others.

“We are so thankful for the hard work that you did and for the $400 you raised. We are so honored you choose the HOPE Fund. With your gift, you are helping cancer patients right here in your neighborhood. One hundred-percent of the money goes right where you choose to direct it.”

Roth said PTK members sold packages of snacks to raise the funds for the HOPE Fund.

Northeast PTK Tau Chi students also met with representatives of the Norfolk Veterans Home, who indicated that its members with disabilities often have a need for additional socialization. The students then organized a game night for these individuals.

To be eligible to become a member of PTK, students must have earned at least 12 credit hours and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 or above out of a 4.0 system.

Since the installation of Northeast’s Tau Chi chapter in 1996, some 3,079 students have been inducted into the international academic honor society for two-year colleges. For more than 80 years, membership in Phi Theta Kappa has signified a singular honor and a willingness to embrace the Society’s shared commitment to academic excellence. 

In addition to Barnes, Northeast Phi Theta Kappa sponsors are Danny Whitlock, CAD/drafting instructor, Andrea Suhr, physical therapist assistant instructor, and Amanda Nipp, vice president of Student Services.




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Student officers of Northeast Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Tau Chi Chapter present a $400 check to representatives of Faith Regional Health Services (FRHS) that will be used through the hospital’s HOPE Fund. Pictured (from left) are Diane Mouchka, major gifts officer at FRHS, Layne Roth, Norfolk, president Tau Chi Chapter, Natalie Retzlaff, Pierce, Tau Chi vice president of Leadership, Krisayla Rasmussen, Norfolk, Tau Chi secretary, and Sam Wolfe, coordinator of the FRHS Foundation.  

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