CCBC wins big at Phi Theta Kappa Regional Convention

Mar 25, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD – The Community College of Baltimore County walked away with several awards at the Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Convention held March 12-15, 2015 in Parsippany, N.J. Eleven CCBC students and two PTK advisors from the Dundalk and Essex campuses attended this year’s convention.

Both CCBC Chapters were again designated as Five Star Chapters designation, the highest level a Chapter can achieve. The PTK Middle States Region includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington, DC. Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with nearly 3 million members and 1,285 chapters.

Each year PTK Chapters are required to complete two projects: (1) a Chapter project to be completed in consultation with the college administration and (2) an “Honors in Action” project based on a topic which PTK changes every two years. Middle States confers regional awards for these national projects.

The Beta Alpha Tau chapter on the CCBC Dundalk campus was represented by Tracy Brown, Khaoula Ennajhi, Katy Kissel, McKenna Smith, Liz Pagliuca, all from Dundalk, Md., and Linda Gronberg-Quinn, PTK-Beta Alpha Tau Advisor, who at this year’s convention, took home the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award.

Beta Alpha Tau also garnered an award for its “Honors in Action” project with the highest score in the region for that particular theme. According to Gronberg-Quinn, “The current topic for the “Honors in Action” Project is Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration. It involves research on a specific theme and then an action project chosen based upon the chapter's research.”

At Dundalk, Beta Alpha Tau chose Theme 3: Quests of Human Expression. After researching the history of piercings and tattoos, the chapter decided to offer two information sessions for the students and community. One dealt with the research gleaned which expanded to include social media. Another session involved a panel discussion of people in a position in which they would hire people for their company. The panel ranged from those in rather conservative settings where piercings and tattoos would not be accepted to setting in which they would be welcomed and encouraged. The panel included CCBC faculty as well as people from the community.

The CCBC Essex chapter, Chi Theta, was represented at the convention by Sagar Chapagain of Towson, Md., Thy Le of Middle River, Md., Alexis Rodriquez of Essex, Md., Jonna Nunez of Nottingham, Md., Tiffany Chao of Sparks, Md., Jei Nandy of Hampden, Md. and PTK-Chi Theta Advisor Sue Fenton.

The Chi Chapter won the PTK Regional Award for the chapter project with the highest score in the region. Titled "Commit to Complete," the project was designed to get students to pledge to complete their degree/certificate. Chapter members initially had a goal of collecting 200 signatures but actually signed up more than 600 students. The chapter began its campaign at Student Life's “Welcome Back Fair,” which gave them a fair number of signatures. Then each officer carried a sign-up sheet around campus and to all their classes to get more students to sign up to commit. Chi Theta’s “Honors in Action” project had an environmental theme – "Protecting the Chesapeake Bay." The chapter participated in a stream cleaning and promoted the use of reusable containers instead of plastic bottles.

About Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, the Society is the largest honor society in higher education with nearly 3 million members and 1,285 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors and most importantly to its student members are all unparalleled by any other student organization.


About the Community College of Baltimore County (
CCBC offers hundreds of programs and thousands of courses helping people of all ages, backgrounds and interests earn degrees, transfer, launch or advance careers, and prepare for in-demand jobs.

Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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