CCBC Shines at Phi Theta Kappa Regional Convention

Apr 25, 2016

Community College of Baltimore County garnered several awards at the recent Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Convention held in early April. The PTK Middle States Region includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington, DC.

This year, nine students represented CCBC at the convention: Zenali Caintic-Martin of Owings Mills, Md. (Alpha Rho at CCBC Catonsville); Azaria Gallo, Katherine Sublett and Ashley Greynolds, all from Dundalk, Md. (Beta Alpha Tau at CCBC Dundalk), and Peggy Roe of Bowleys Quarters, Md., Jei Nandy of Baltimore, Md. Charles Young III of Middle River, Md., Jessica Calle of Towson, Md. and Brittany Bain of Parkville, Md. (Chi Theta at CCBC Essex). Two PTK advisors, Linda Gronberg-Quinn, PTK-Beta Alpha Tau Advisor and Sue Fenton, PTK-Chi Theta Advisor, also attended this year’s convention. Dean of Student Services Caroline Scott and CCBC Dundalk’s Assistant Director of Student Life Crissy Fabiszak attended the Awards Banquet.

CCBC Chapters (Alpha Rho, Beta Alpha Tau and Chi Theta) have earned Five Star Chapter designation, the highest level a Chapter can achieve. Beta Alpha Tau’s Azaria Gallo’s election as the 2016-2017 Maryland State President of the PTK Middle States Region was a highpoint of the Middle States.

Each year PTK Chapters are required to complete two projects:
  1. The Chapter Project for 2016 was “Commit to Complete.” All three chapters did activities to encourage a commitment by CCBC students to complete their certificates and/or degrees.
  2. The “Honors in Action” project for this year challenged Chapter members to read the newspaper daily and create an Honors Case Study based upon their reading. Middle States confers regional awards for these national projects.

    Beta Alpha Tau garnered first highest in its Theme and scored third highest in the Region on the “Honors in Action” project: Examination of coverage and the possible reasons for the uprising in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Grey in April of 2015. The Chapter hosted three evenings of events including a screening of the documentary, Live Young Blood, followed by a discussion. Then two evenings of open forums to discuss not only the possible reasons and the results of the student research but also having conversations with attendees to discuss possible solutions. Taylor Alexander, the owner of Flawless Damsels, a business destroyed in the uprising, participated in all three events, sharing her efforts to rebuild her business. Beta Alpha Tau Chapter helped to raise money to assist her.

    Chi Theta Chapter received the eighth highest in the region for its “Honors in Action” project that investigated the relationships between body image and college performance. Chi Theta’s research led them to the consensus that IDEAL body image is a social construct, shaped and transmitted by society and that eating disorders are more prevalent in Western cultures. In addition to the effects of negative body image, they found other issues including low self-esteem, social anxiety, and negative stereotypes attached to certain body features

    The project consisted of several parts. Officers conducted an interactive activity in the school quad whereby they made chalk outlines of participants who were then asked to write a positive personal quality within the outline. This served as a promotional activity for a Body Image workshop that Chi Theta and the Women’s Studies Club presented. At the workshop, two faculty members gave interactive presentations: 1) regarding the social construction of an ideal body type and the role of the media in perpetuating it and 2) showing the ways that women are affected by negative perceptions of body image and how they could interfere with academics. 

Additional honors awarded to CCBC Dundalk’s Beta Alpha Tau Chapter:
Katherine Sublett was named to the Chapter Member Hall of Honor.
Azaria Gallo was named to the Chapter Officer Hall of Honor.
Third highest Distinguished Chapter in the Middle States Region
Recognized as one of the Top 100 Chapters worldwide

Additional honor awarded to CCBC Essex Chi Theta Chapter:
Lillian Kilduff of Kingsville, Md. was named a Distinguished Member at both the Regional and International levels.