By Nathalie Recinos
Volunteer State Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Beta Delta Kappa, held an induction ceremony last Wednesday. 17 members were inducted and Realtor Brian Copeland was a guest speaker.
According to the Vol State’s PTK page, “Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year schools that offers opportunities for community service and personal development.”
Students who had earned 12 college credit hours and had a 3.5 Grade Point Average were invited into the organization and to the induction ceremony.
There was also a guest speaker who was invited by the PTK executive board to speak to newly inducted members. The guest speaker was the president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, Brian Copeland. He spoke to members about leadership and finding their “popsicle” moment.
According to the PTK student president, Cody Griffin-Roach, the organization teaches members the importance of giving back to the community. PTK has a project called Honors In Action, which is a community-based project in which members can find ways to give back to the community.
“This year our Honors in Action project was aimed at addressing the issue of food insecurity during Covid, and we are addressing that issue by delivering food from food banks around the area to families in need,” said Griffin-Roach.
The induction ceremony took place at the Gallatin Campus in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B and lasted from 6:30 – 9 p.m. There was also a Zoom meeting for students who were not able to attend the ceremony in person.
“[The ceremony] was a great way for PTK to honor all of our new members in front of their families and to applaud their academic excellence,” Giffin-Roach said.
Students interested in becoming a PTK member must maintain a 3.5 GPA and complete at least 12 college credit hours to receive an invitation. Those who have received an invite are encouraged to sign up and participate in future events.