Beta Theta Rho, Randolph Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, received its Five-Star Chapter award for 11th year in a row at the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Regional Convention in Charleston, S.C., in March. The Five Star level is the highest level that a chapter can obtain, and it encourages excellence and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter.
Several members of RCC’s chapter attended the convention, where the theme was “The Carolinas: Celebrating Scholars, Leaders, and Lifelong Friends.”They joined 42 other Phi Theta Kappa chapters from throughout North and South Carolina to learn more about the importance of being a member and how to better serve their communities through opportunities such as the Honors in Action Projects.
Beta Theta Rho also received six other awards as a group: Distinguished Honors in Action Project; Communications Award; Distinguished Chapter Officer Team; Outstanding Participation in Carolinas Region Service Program “Remember Those Left Behind”; Carolinas Region Superstars for Outstanding Performance in Phi Theta Kappa and Carolinas Region Programs. They were awarded Honorable Mention in the following categories: Carolinas Region Most Improved Chapter; Distinguished College Project; and Distinguished Chapter.
The 2013 Beta Theta Rho officer team consisted of Briana Gullet, president; Albert Jones, vice president; Scotty Switzer, treasurer; Danielle McNeill, public relations; and Brandon Curtis, secretary.
Three members of Beta Theta Rho were also honored with awards. Josh Oldham received the Distinguished Chapter Member award. Brandon Curtis and Albert Jones were inducted into the Carolinas Region Hall of Honor.
One of the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa is service, and in keeping with that, Beta Theta Rho members were actively involved in the community during 2013. They volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and the Randolph County Senior Adult Association, engaging those present in a day of fun and games. Students also volunteered at Victory Junction Gang Camp with a landscaping project and assisted Habitat for Humanity at a building site.
Randolph Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors are Waymon Martin, department head for Business Administration; Melissa Earliwine, Developmental Mathematics instructor; Clark Adams, English/Communication instructor; and Dorothy Hans, English instructor. RCC’s Beta Theta Rho chapter was chartered in 1999.
Phi Theta Kappa is the only internationally acclaimed honor society serving two-year institutions that offer associate degree programs. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., it is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. The Carolinas Region has 84 chapters between the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.