Alpha Nu Lambda, Clark State Community College’s chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), will hold a spring induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown Springfield.
“Our induction ceremony is a time to recognize the academic accomplishments of our students,” said Nina Wiley, dean of student engagement and support services for Clark State. “We are proud to offer opportunities for our Phi Theta Kappa members to gain valuable leadership skills, participate in community service efforts and work together on a meaningful college project.”
The 2018-19 Clark State class of Alpha Nu Lamba received numerous kudos at the PTK Ohio Region Awards ceremony in March. Alpha Nu Lamba was named a 5-Star Chapter and received 1st Runner-Up and the Catch a Shining Star award for their Student Engagement hallmark project.
Clark State student Carla Daniel serves as president of Alpha Nu Lambda. She was honored with the Order of Athena award recognizing outstanding leadership, fellowship, enthusiasm and service; and three Alpha Nu Lambda members were named to the Ohio Association of Community Colleges’ All Ohio Academic Team.
There are more than 40 PTK chapters in Ohio, and the Clark State Alpha Nu Lambda chapter was ranked No.7 in the state; jumping three spots from last year.
To be an eligible candidate for PTK, students must have completed at least 12 college-level credit hours and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Students pay a one-time fee of $80 for a lifetime membership. Membership benefits include scholarships; free access to Five Star Competitive Edge, a personal and professional development plan for building marketable skills and an online portfolio; increased pay grade for entry-level federal jobs; tuition discounts; and more.
Eric Mata, licensed social worker and certified life coach specializing in working with men, women and families who have been impacted by addiction, will be the keynote speaker for the induction event.
Mata, a graduate of Clark State and a recovering addict, has been sober since February of 2010. He works with a range of clients and coaches them to a higher quality of life. His expertise is working with members in recovery from opiate addiction and guiding them through the process of obtaining employment, career development, education and achieving goals the client has for themselves, all while building a solid foundation for a life in recovery.
“My favorite memory at Clark State was watching my younger sister graduate in 2016,” said Mata. “We share a similar background, and she felt inspired to attend college after she saw me graduate.” Mata continued on to earn his bachelor’s degree in social work from Wright State University.
Established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in 50 United States, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.