PLANO (April 28, 2015) — Collin College’s Alpha Mu Tau chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society was recognized with 23 individual and chapter awards at the organization’s international convention held in San Antonio, April 15-18. The chapter received awards at the district, regional and international levels.

The Alpha Mu Tau Chapter was named a Top 100 Chapter and a Distinguished Chapter at the international level. PTK also was recognized as “Distinguished” for its Honors in Action project, which sought to apply the skills learned in Phi Theta Kappa to real-world situations. This year’s project focused on reducing the number of sexual assaults in Texas by raising awareness of potentially hostile environments society unwittingly condones.

Dr. Cary Israel, a former Collin College president, recently received a Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Phi Theta Kappa and his support of the organization. Alpha Mu Tau members Collin College students Chaand Lakhani and Sheena Prindle were recognized for being named to the All-Texas Academic Team. Prindle also was named a Gold Coca-Cola Scholar, the highest level attainable.

“Although awards are a great recognition for the hard fought wins this team has had, I believe I am most proud of the active officers and members that saw beyond the bling, awards and accolades and worked simply because they believed in what they were doing,” said Dr. Jessica Hargis, PTK advisor and political science professor. “Above all else, the 2014-2015 award-winning Alpha Mu Tau chapter of PTK  is filled with servant leaders who are in it for the cause, not the reward.”

Other honors and recognitions presented at the convention were:

International Level

  • Paragon Award for New Advisors — Prof. Zack Shipley
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer — Fernanda Munoz
  • Top 10 Relay for Life Team — AMT came in fourth in the nation, raising $3,584

Regional Level

  • 5 Star Chapter (highest level attainable)
  • Continued Excellence — Chapter
  • Honors in Action Distinction
  • Horizon Award (for advisors who show exceptional support to their chapter) — Dr. Jessica Hargis
  • Advisor Hall of Honor — Dr. Mark McKnight and Prof. Zack Shipley
  • Member Hall of Honor — Fernanda Munoz
  • Texas Hall of Honor for Distinguished Chief Executive Officers — Dr. Cary Israel
  • Friend of Texas — Deborah Hall
  • Icarus Award — Second Place for the chapter’s work on Relay for Life
  • Honors in Action and College Project Participation

District Level

  • District II Hall of Honor — Chaand Lakhani, officer
  • District II Hall of Honor — Jennifer Dopson, officer
  • District II Hall of Honor — Sheena Prindle, committee chair and member
  • District II Hall of Honor — Daniel Michel, member
  • District II Hall of Honor — Dr. Mark McKnight, advisor

Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for two-year colleges and associate degree-granting programs. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students and to provide opportunities for the development of leadership and service for its members.


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