ASHEBORO (Nov. 27, 2018)
On Saturday, Nov. 17, Beta Theta Rho, the local Five Star Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Randolph Community College, introduced 50 new members, during its fall Induction Ceremony in the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center auditorium on the Asheboro Campus.
RCC English/Communication instructor Clark Adams welcomed the inductees and their friends and family, and explained the mission and purpose of Phi Theta Kappa. Following the welcome, Phi Theta Kappa Vice President Jasmin Faz led the Pledge of Allegiance. Phi Theta Kappa Treasurer José Lopez then led the invocation for the new inductees and Phi Theta Kappa.
After the invocation, Adams introduced an RCC alumnus James Alexander Williams Jr., who is currently an officer with the High Point Police Department. Williams earned his Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology, and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa during this time at RCC. He completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training this year at RCC. In 2017, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in terrorism studies from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. While studying at the UNC-Pembroke, Williams was a volunteer wrestling coach at Randleman High School for two years and the leader of the ECHO student ministry at UNC-Pembroke.
Williams spoke to the audience about the importance of hard work and self-discipline, and about his experiences as a student at RCC. He explained how he overcame obstacles to become a better student and person, encouraging students to find a career in which they are interested and one they will enjoy. Williams spoke about making the world a better place through their chosen career.
The keynote speaker for the induction ceremony was RCC President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr., who said education is more than filling a person's mind with facts that they must memorize. He explained that education is using the knowledge students receive at RCC, applying it to the world around them, and using the knowledge to aid themselves in their future career.
Phi Theta Kappa President Luke Alderman then led the new inductees in the Phi Theta Kappa pledge, explaining the significance of the carnation as the symbol of Phi Theta Kappa. RCC Vice President for Student Services Chad Williams announced the names of the new members. The inductees first signed the Phi Theta Kappa membership roster, held by Lopez. Once the members signed the roster, the Chapter Public Relations Officer Lori Proctor handed the new members a carnation.
The ushers for the ceremony were Maria Jose Cruz Rivera and Maria Fernanda Cruz Rivera, who are both Phi Theta Kappa members and RCC graduates.
Following the ceremony, there was a reception in the Armadillo Café for the new members and their family and friends. This reception was hosted by other RCC Phi Theta Kappa advisors: Dolores de Haro (Spanish instructor), Gabby Nall (Spanish instructor), and Ellen Adams (Mathematics instructor). Advisor Scotty Duyck (department head, social/behavioral sciences) assisted with the ceremony.
Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the only international honor society serving two-year institutions. It recognizes the academic achievement and integrity of students enrolled in curriculum programs. Students who are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa must have completed 12 credit hours and must possess a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.
Beta Theta Rho, RCC’s Chapter, was chartered Nov. 1, 1999. The Chapter has maintained a Five Star status for 15 consecutive years. This Five Star status recognizes chapters that have completed every requirement set by Phi Theta Kappa and for chapters that go above and beyond to make sure their projects are the very best they can be.
Students (identified by hometowns) who were inducted Nov. 17 include the following:
Archdale: Wylie Chi Phu
Asheboro: Ashley Mikayla Appel, Joshua Edison Beverly, Kristina Lynn Bowden, Samantha Walker Callicutt, Maricruz Campuzano Rodriguez, Harrison Griffin Clement, Margaret Elizabeth Dunn, John Ruiz Escobar, Johnathan Eran Foley, Monserrat Garcia Salinas, Cassie Ann Gibson, Brandy Dawn Hicks, Regina Leah Hoover, Ashley Ann Lowe, Jade Savannah Mercer, Kylie Nicole Newman, Zoe Kaitlyn Patrick, Easton Thomas Price, Bradley Allen Ritch, Zoe Renee Roberts, Abbie Grace Sharpe, Jacob Russell Snyder
Candor: Sara Benitez
Denton: Morgan Elizabeth Deaton
Franklinville: Savannah Nell Routh
Greensboro: Kayla Dawn Watson
Lexington: Thaiann Ivy Edwards, Ulisis Ramon
Liberty: Garrett Jennings McPherson, Katherine Rachel Norris
Pleasant Garden: Blake Joshua Carter
Ramseur: Jessica Jackie Cardin, Brittany Anne Sykes
Randleman: Dashanese Carpio-Ventura, Victor Manuel Gutierrez, Amanda Frances Martin, Ethan Scott McCutchen, Chayton Austin Roberts, Tylr Evan Stinson, Joseph Jett Warren
Seagrove: Kaleesha Jashae White
Sophia: Kayla Susanne Dobbins
Staley: Elizabeth Riggs Pate
Thomasville: Gabriela Guadalupe Vazquez Pena
Trinity: Dustin Tyler Hill, Lillie Christine Jarmon, Emma Grace Johnson, Julie Paige Shafer, Caroline MacKenzie Witcher