EUGENE, Ore.— Lane Community College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was recognized for its recruitment and outreach efforts during the organization’s recent regional convention.
Lane’s Sigma Theta chapter was recognized as a three-star level chapter and as a REACH Reward chapter for its ongoing engagement and recruitment. Faculty advisor Ce Rosenow was recognized for her outstanding support of the chapter’s students.
Rosenow and students attended the first virtual Rocky Mountain-Cascade Region Spring Convention on May 16-17. The region includes Oregon, Utah and parts of Idaho.
PTK is an international honor society for community college students that provides opportunities for scholarships, leadership and networking. Students have worked hard to grow Lane’s chapter from 48 new members between January 2017 and December 2018 to 228 new members in 2019, Rosenow said. That growth continued this year with 154 new members since January 1, she said. She credited the growth to officers’ and members’ commitment to sharing the advantages of PTK membership.
Lane student and incoming Sigma Theta chapter president, Brian Janisch, said membership has opened the door to new professional connections and more scholarship opportunities as he plans to continue his studies at a four-year university.
“Just from first-hand experience, the act of joining PTK sends a beacon to basically every four-year university, and my inbox has been inundated with various offers, all of them referencing my PTK membership and the promise of additional funding if I were to go to those universities,” he said.
Rosenow was one of two advisors in the region who received the Horizon Award for going “above and beyond to help their chapter be successful,” said Michelle Gietl, coordinator of the Rocky Mountain-Cascade Region.
“An active, engaged, and motivated advisor is the key to a successful chapter. Ce believes in student success and completion,” Geitl said.
Janisch said Rosenow and faculty co-advisor, Casey Reid, have created numerous opportunities for Sigma Theta students to stay connected this term as the campus moved to a remote learning environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Both of those individuals have been the rock that we've leaned upon this year, and the advice that they hand out is worth their weight in gold,” Janisch said. “They show that they care not only about Sigma Zeta, but about their members as well, just by listening and being accessible as often as they can.”
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