Northeast students take part in PTK induction ceremony

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by amandab  3/31/2017 8:25:09 AM -- 

NORFOLK - Northeast Community College welcomed the newest members into its international honor society in a special ceremony held here recently. One-hundred thirty-nine students were installed into Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa, (PTK), Tau Chi chapter during the spring 2017 induction ceremony held in the Lifelong Learning Center.

Since the installation of Northeast’s Tau Chi chapter in 1996, over 3,000 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.  

To be eligible for 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.

Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Northeast Community College, was the featured speaker. He told students that he served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor for a number of years and had the opportunity to witness firsthand the development and growth of students.

“The values that you espouse, the values that you hold, really do make a difference in your life’s journey, and this is part of your life’s journey. I am so proud of what you students are doing, what you’re receiving and what you’re about to do as soon-graduates, not only of a program of study, but also as Phi Theta Kappans. That will carry forward for a lifetime.”

Additionally, the new inductees pledged commitment to the Community College Completion Corps (C4) initiative. Established by Phi Theta Kappa in 2010, the nationwide initiative aims to increase the number of community college students completing their associate degrees and certificates. The inductees signed cards and a banner as part of the ceremony to show their support.

The following Northeast Community College students have qualified for PTK during the 2016-17 academic year:


Ainsworth - Sydney Fling; Allen - Pamela O’Keefe; Atkinson - Rachael Osborne; Aurora - Shayne Vaught; Battle Creek - Lynnette Aldana, Godelyn Anghay, Katelyn Brauer, Nicholas Klug, Seth Rivest; Beatrice - Lindsey Durman, Jadrien Long, Connor Lusk; Benedict - Lane Gottula; Bloomfield - Karly Jensen, Brittany Kerbel; Bruno - Michael Jakub; Carroll - Jack Tyson; Cedar Rapids - Justin Beierman, Kaylie Beierman; Chambers - Deanna Tomjack; Clearwater - Mirissa Hurtig; Coleridge - Austin Vogle; Columbus - Courtney Labenz, Nicholas Lutjens, Savannah Robertson; Crete - Rachel Betke; Crofton - Chelsea Wortmann; Dixon - Nakesha Calloway, Michaela Nitz, Leah Sawtell; Dodge - Justin Evert, Nolan Lund; Elgin - Dylan Behnk, Autumn Hoefer; Emerson - Michael Collins, Rebecka Mackling; Emmet - Abigail Foster; Fremont - Lauren Milligan, Monika Zuch; Grand Island - Morgan Haverluck, Bryan Landenberger; Hartington - Kelsie Higgins, Taylor Lammers, Megan Leise; Hastings - Shanna Beard; Herman - Lacey Burt; Hickman - Kendra Hagberg; Hoskins - Dylan Cerny; Lindsay - Ryan Pfeifer; Madison - Danielle Mewis, Elizabeth Offner; Neligh - Danae Smith; Newman Grove - Esmeralda Arreguin; Norfolk - Tyler Bates, Brandon Clausen, Megan Dolezal, Lyndsay Fox, Benjamin Garcia, Grant Gaspers, Laura Gomez Baez, MaKenzie Gordan, Dakota Harmon, Joshua Laferriere, Grace Lawhorn, Jennifer Madison, Joseph Miller, Michelle Munderloh, Spencer Olmer, Cali Podraza, Heather Salmon, Dillon Stickley, Andrea Svoboda, Jonathan Tittel, Benjamin Viergutz, Grace Wapelhorst, McKenna Warner, Zoe Wieneke, Aaron Wilken, Nathan Zach; North Bend - Clarissa Cerny, Breanna Klinzing; North Platte - Kourtney Hart; Omaha - Thomas Ashworth; O’Neill - Nathaniel Reiser, Amber Wanser, Mackenzie Wecker; Orchard - Kimberly Dickerson; Osmond - Tessa Steinkraus; Pender - Jessica Pritchard; Petersburg - Taylor Schumacher; Pierce - Kate Asmus, Kimberlee Carlson, Michael Hoctor; Platte Center - Reghan Holmberg; Saint Edward - Whitney Wurdeman; Scribner - Aleynah Hendrix; Shelton - Juanita Garcia; South Sioux City - Nalynn Boutviseth, Vanessa Sanchez; Spencer - Carmalita Bentz, Emily Hausmann; St. Helena - Brittany Guenther; Stanton - Abigail Colsden, Shana Fry, Lindsay Jaster, Morgan Reigle, Carrie Wolff; Stuart - Callie Evans, Tessa Fox; Superior - Bailey Williams; Tilden - Jeremiah Grubb; Valentine - Walker Wolff; Verdigre - Amy Forman; Wahoo - Alexandria Knowlton; Wakefield - Danielle Gilliland; Wayne - Jacob Beair, Michelle Ekberg, Kendall Gamble, Jaimee Gilbert, Mary Jarvi, Peyton Roach, Bridget Schneider, Lexi Sokol; West Point - Aaron Boyum, Jade Duhsmann, Abigail Peterson, Tyler Ritter; Wynot - Kyle Boeckman; York - Cassandra Pickrel.

Out of State

IA, Boone - Erin Soderstrum

IA, Sioux City - Adriana Aquino

IA, Westfield - Nicholas Lorensen

IL, Worth - Rawan Kayed

KS, Westmoreland - Nathaniel Jilka

MN, Minneapolis - Amber Carnahan

SD, Elk Point - Norma Aquino


Brazil, Cuiaba - Allan Brenner

Canada, Surrey, BC - Emily Sherstone

Colombia, Bogota - Maria Medina Ruiz

Northeast Phi Theta Kappa sponsors are Colleen Barnes, criminal justice/sociology instructor, Amanda Nipp, vice president of student services, Andrea Suhr, physical therapy assistant instructor, and Danny Whitlock, CAD/drafting instructor.

Northeast Community College offers over 80 concentrations/options of study preparing students for immediate employment or transfer to a four-­year college or university.


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Maria Medina Ruiz, Bogota, Colombia, takes part in an induction ceremony into Northeast Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. One-hundred thirty-nine students were installed into Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Chi chapter during the spring 2017 induction ceremony (Courtesy Northeast Community College)  

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