Honor society Phi Theta Kappa restarts its efforts to provide scholarships for students by working with the community and the school to raise money for its club members.
Phi Theta Kappa was put on hold for a few years and hasn’t had any active members since 2010, until Professor Kathy Oborn and club president Martha Johnson decided to bring the club back this year.
“It was a different motivating experience and here we are,” Director of Communications Jerell Johnson said.
With the club back in motion, Theta Kappa has been working towards maintaining its presence on campus by adding more job within the club such as director of communications, president and vice president as well as social media.
“Right now we are doing bigger things, we are going out to the community and making a bigger presence for Theta Kappa,” J. Jonhson said.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and provides scholarships among two-year college students.
“The idea for Phi Theta Kappa is to give back, to give service to the community, to give service to your school,” Oborn said.
Although Phi Theta Kappa does not require its members to have community service hours done, they still volunteer and work together with other organizations and businesses.
The other honor society clubs on campus required a minimum of 150 hours of community service in addition to having a 3.5 GPA.
“The past presidents that I have talked to of Phi Theta Kappa have said that was one of their biggest problems that the members are not required to do service minutes like Alpha Gamma Sigma does,” M. Johnson said.
During their club meetings, Phi Theta Kappa members work together to create different projects they can work on to better the community as well as come up with ideas on how to raise money for scholarships for its club members.
On November 8, Phi Theta Kappa helped Operation Gratitude to package over 4,000 boxes for troops who are deployed right now. By the end of the shift, they made over 6,500 boxes.
“We participated in Operation Gratitude for the troops and we went out there we packed boxes from one to four we all wore our t-shirts and had a wonderful time,” J. Johnson said.
In order to promote the club every Thursday Phi Theta Kappa has Theta Thursday, which means every club member wears the club shirt to promote.
“It seems that every time we wear our shirts it seems we draw a huge attention, people come to us and say you guys still exist?” M. Johnson said.
Phi Theta Kappa meets every Thursday at 2 p.m. in front of Lovebirds Café under the Library/Learning Crossroads.
For more information on the honor society Phi Theta Kappa you can visit their international website, www.ptk.org or go to their facebook page, Pierce College Phi Theta Kappa: Alpha Pi Delta Chapter.