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News Release

Honor Society Chapters Receive Accolades as New Inductees Welcomed

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Holly Walker
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Released on April 09, 2012

News Release Highlights
  • Honor society at John Tyler Community College receives recognitions
  • 103 members inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Academic excellence and a commitment to community motivate the members of John Tyler Community College’s (JTCC) two Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society chapters. It is that desire to achieve and to serve that earned the Beta Omicron Omicron and Tau Rho chapters numerous accolades during the honor society’s recent regional conference.

Four and Five Star Awards
JTCC’s Tau Rho Chapter earned the Five Star Award, and Beta Omicron Omicron earned the Four Star Award. These are among the highest honors bestowed upon a Phi Theta Kappa chapter, reflecting the level of a chapter’s involvement. Chapters earning these awards have participated in and developed activities impacting their members, school and community.

Distinguished Chapter Award
The Tau Rho Chapter was among 13 Phi Theta Kappa chapters to receive this honor. This award recognizes the best chapters based on scores from award submissions to the international headquarters. Chapters are scored on how well they uphold Phi Theta Kappa’s four hallmarks: academics, service, leadership and fellowship.

Distinguished Issue Award
Each year, Phi Theta Kappa International has all members focus on creating activities that fall under a broad topic known as the “Honors in Action Topic.” This year Tau Rho focused on the science of tissue donation and developed a Donate Life project that not only increased awareness of organ and tissue donation in the community, but also resulted in an increased number of individuals who registered to become donors. 

Distinguished College Project Award
Tau Rho was one of three chapters to receive this recognition. The award was given for the Tau Rho Chapter’s work on the college-wide “Thank You” project. Tau Rho members and advisors say the project was truly a team effort, combining the efforts of Tau Rho and Beta Omicron Omicron. The chapters worked together to implement the “Thank You” project in which faculty, staff, and administrators from every area of John Tyler were recognized with gift baskets and written tributes personally delivered by students.

Distinguished Chapter Officer
Ashley White, president of the Tau Rho Chapter, was one of 14 people to be recognized as a distinguished chapter officer. Requiring nominations by chapter advisors, fellow officers, and a college faculty member, this prestigious award recognizes leadership, promotion of society priorities, as well as engagement in and enthusiasm for the society. Ms. White’s contributions and leadership led to one of the most productive, rewarding, and impactful years in Tau Rho chapter history.

Distinguished Chapter Member
Heron Ziegel, of the Beta Omicron Omicron Chapter, was one of six people to be recognized as a distinguished chapter member. The Distinguished Members are selected based on a student's embodiment of the Hallmarks of the Society through Honors in Action and other chapter activities. Ms. Ziegel has been an integral part of the chapter offering new ideas and lending her artistic creativity. “Being a member of Phi Theta Kappa is more than just something to put on a resume,” said Ms. Ziegel. “Seeing the impact of my work and the work of my fellow members has inspired me to reach out to the community and to become more than what I am. I thank everyone who has worked with me and encouraged me to do more. This award is a reminder to me that if you put your heart into something, you can make a difference in the world.”

Virginia Region Hall of Honor
Hall of Honor awards recognize chapter members for their contributions and leadership. For the second year in a row, Ashley White of Tau Rho was awarded this honor. “It's an absolute honor to be recognized for a second time on a regional level for my work with Tau Rho. This recognition is a reflection of the appreciation from my advisors and fellow officers for the hard work and dedication that I have given to the chapter. I was truly honored to actually receive my certificate in person this year, which made it even more amazing and more real for me.”

Horizon Advisor Award
Mara Hilliar, advisor for the Beta Omicron Omicron Chapter, was among nine people who received the Horizon Advisor Award. Advisors with less than four years of service may be nominated for this award. Award-winning advisors are those who make significant contributions to the growth of the individual members; serve as the chapter's advocate on campus; and encourage the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level of the organization. “It is truly an honor to receive this award, and it was a complete surprise as well,” said Ms. Hilliar. “Working with the students has been very rewarding and a true learning experience.”

Both chapters also celebrated the induction of new members on April 6, 2012. The new inductees are as follows (zip codes appear in parenthesis):

Beta Omicron Omicron Inductees (Midlothian Campus)

Renato Miguel Arenas Castillo (23235)
Kara Nicole Atkinson (23113)
Natalie Amber Beck (23838)
Tecumseh I. Bey (23235)
Ilona Bolotova-Diamond (23832)
Matthew Randall Boyd (23112)
Sarah Alison Burgess (23060)
Rima Chater (23139)
Patrick Aaron Clark (23225)
Elizabeth Ashley Colston (23112)
Katelyn Renay Dougherty (23114)
James A. Elliott (23236)
Heather Lynn Elliott (23139)
Lisa Dawn Foster (23236)
Lauren Eston Gangwer (23139)
Casey Elizabeth Garrison (23002)
Kareem Abdul-Onard Goodwin (23234)
Heather May Graham (23225)
David Booker Hailey (23112)
Victoria Inez Hazelwood (23838)
Stephanie Michel Heist (23059)
Adriana Desiree Herring (23235)
Supapon Hia (23113)
Arthur Larue Hinton (23832)
Laura Ashley Hornbarger (23112)
Tammy McLeod Howell (23832)
Matthew James Jenkins (23890)
Michele Jeanine Kenney (23112)
Tyler Joel Laffredo-Dietrich (23112)
Shana Michele LeMaster (23112)
Robert B. McGregor (23221)
Maria Belen Obando Benavides (23234)
Kevin Michael Parsons (23235)
Jennifer Christine Pate (23832)
Julia Kristen Porterfield (23002)
Cynthia D. Ranalli (23832)
Bria Marie Riggs (23139)
Jerann LePaul Robinson (23860)
Corey Eric Slayton (23139)
Nicholas S. Sletnar (23224)
Sherilyn Renee Smith (23236)
Anne Elisabeth Somerville (23831)
James Alexander Walker (23113)
Megan Ashley Way (23114)
Warren G. Winterson (23225)
Samantha Wright (23223)
Lauren Alexis Young (23236)
Sarah Rene Zamjohn (23235)

Tau Rho Chapter (Chester Campus)

Elizabeth Mary Alexander (24153)
Janice Ellen Argoe (23234)
Brooke Nichole Ballance (23832)
Megan Anne Bardrof (23842)
Stephanie N. Bell (23229)
Alexander Percell Brown (23114)
Shawna Nicole Carter (23834)
Yesenia Cole (23801)
Nicole Richardson Corker (23112)
Letitia Michelle Debose (23803)
Amanda L. Dorton (23227)
Amanda Marie Doyle (23875)
Maxime  Dugas-Davis (23831)
Tequila Shawnae Gatling (23842)
Krystal Dante' Gholson (23860)
Eva B. Hall (23237)
Patsy R. Hamilton (23027)
Eric Wayne Handschumacher (23234)
Gary Darnell Haskins (23112)
Sandra B. Hawkes (23237)
Barbara D. Horton (23002)
Tammy Lynn House (23139)
Anne E. Hurley (23235)
Katrina A. Jenkins (23805)
Leslie Christine Kegley (23059)
MaraLee Kerr Landrum (23803)
John Clark Lee (23139)
Rena Mae Leslie (23833)
Paul James Leslie (23872)
Jerry Paul Magana (23237)
Troilyn M. McKenzie (23231)
Jennifer Mendoza (23803)
William Kevin Mobley (23836)
Lindsey Johnson Montesflores (23236)
Jack C. O’Brien (23113)
Silke Osborne (23112)
Phillip D. Parker (23850)
Tasha Lynn Marie Perkins (23831)
Katie M. Perlowski (23831)
Calvin Lafoy Peterson (23112)
Deborah A. Reckart (23834)
Steven Drew Redfearn (23838)
Lauren Elizabeth Rose (23831)
Danielle Casey Rotramel (23831)
Rebecca L. Shipp (23234)
Teresa R. Singleton (23234)
Christian M. Sondor (23116)
Michael Joseph Terry (23803)
Richard C. Vaughn (23830)
Anthony Wilson Wise (23897)
Jacob Ryan Wiseman (23831)
Amanda Kathleen Wontz (23831)

To be eligible for membership in John Tyler Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters, a student must have completed at least 15 hours of coursework and must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (3.75 if the student has completed less than 30 credits).

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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