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Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society students recognized at international conference

Palm Beach State College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society students from the Alpha Delta Iota Chapter at the Boca Raton campus received international recognition at the PTK International Catalyst Convention held April 4-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention in Orlando for their efforts in their Honors in Action and College Project.

Through the Honors in Action project, PTK students combine research, problem-solving, and action-oriented service to address real-world challenges in our community. For their project, “Putting the Play in PTK: Nostalgia’s Impact at Our College,” the chapter noted the increased anxiety and loneliness experienced by students after the pandemic and set out to rebuild a sense of community and comfort through nostalgia-driven events. Notable examples included “Accidental Art,” featuring a paint-pouring technique, “Slow Drawing,” mindful drawing and doodling exercises, and “Press Paws,” bringing therapy dogs to campus for students.

For their College Project, the PTK team was inspired by member Kerlens Jeanty to develop Panther Rise Up, a series of workshops to help students navigate college life and reach their full potential. The workshops have included topics such as mental health, financial literacy, leadership, and success.

Keynote speakers included Anse Daniel (psychotherapist), Camy Destiné (leadership specialist), Assistant Dean Natasha Nettles, Provost Dr. Van Williams, alumnus Felipe Julio, and the PTK officers. The team has more workshops coming up as well.

Out of over 1,300 PTK chapters internationally, they received the following awards:
• Distinguished International Honors in Action Project (one of 50, and one of two from Florida)
• Distinguished International Chapter (one of 34, and one of two from Florida)
• Distinguished Officer Team (one of 10)

For the Florida Region, out of 85 chapters, they received the following awards:
• Distinguished Florida Chapter (one of three)
• Florida Region Honors in Action Award (one of three)
• Distinguished Officer Team Award for Florida (in addition to their International Officer Team Award)

The award winners are:Luana Santos Lima, Giannyna Orbegoso, Victoria Monteiro, Elizsandra Silva, Sophia Sonkin, Jean Elysee Dorsainville, Kerlens Jeanty, Alejandro Gomez Lopez, Jackie Pecker (PBSC alumna, Florida International University student)
Tariq Wardak (PBSC alumnus, University of Central Florida student).

Chapter advisors are professor Sherry Hall and Interim Associate Dean Kim Copeland.


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