Thursday, October 18, 2018

International Honors Society Inducts New Members

Perhaps you’re service minded and seeking to build some leadership skills for your resume. One way to get ready for your next step after college may be to join an honors society. Phi Theta Kappa may bridge this gap for you. It’s a club offering opportunities for growth as a student through service, leadership, and academic excellence.

“The big thing we’re trying to make known is that we’re a service club. We believe that students learn leadership through service. Participation and service are important,” president Megen Roberts explained.

Vol State’s chapter, Beta Delta Kappa, recently hosted their induction ceremony, where new members were recognized and officially inducted into the club. PTK is always seeking members and extra chapter officers. At the beginning of each semester, invitations are sent out via email to eligible students. A 3.5 GPA is initially required to be eligible for the club, once accepted, a 3.0 must be maintained. A minimum of 12 credit hours must have also been completed by the student. There is a one-time membership fee of $60, however, there are millions of dollars in scholarships that are given out to Phi Theta Kappa students annually.

Treasurer of PTK at Vol State, Anedra Moore, shared some of her experience. “One of the things that I’ve gotten out of this is networking. It’s probably one of the best nuggets you get out of any club or organization. Not just networking, but leadership skills. When you go back out into the workforce, you’ve got to have good leadership qualities. You get so many soft skills here being a part of PTK, that you probably wouldn’t get if you were just here as a student.”

PTK strives to give back to the community in a multitude of ways. Most recently they volunteered for non-profit organization, Music City Trykes, where members participated in building fully adaptive tricycles for those individuals with special needs who cannot ride a standard bike. “That was a really amazing experience,” said Makenzie Smith. “I’m just really excited to see what else I get to do… I feel like so far, I’m growing my leadership abilities right now.”

After undergoing many club changes, faculty advisor Jamie Fuston said she hopes for some sort of stability for the clubs future. President Megen Roberts added that her biggest hope is to leave PTK in a better place than she found it.

“We’re basically starting from the ground up, trying to renew the chapter completely. That’s part of why it’s so much of a hurdle because everybody is starting from scratch… It’s all about scholarship and service. So all of it is about being able to not only grow as an individual but being able to do research, figure out where the problems are, fix the problems. So, anybody who is service motivated and has academic inclination… we want you,“ Fuston emphasized.

For more information on PTK, please visit their website: For specific questions about, please contact Vol State PTK president Megen Roberts at: or faculty advisor Jamie Fuston at:

-By Rachel Keyes

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