Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members at induction ceremony

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Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members at induction ceremony

Candyce Hunter, shown, reflects during the induction ceremony on Feb. 13.

Candyce Hunter, shown, reflects during the induction ceremony on Feb. 13.

Eric McCrory

Candyce Hunter, shown, reflects during the induction ceremony on Feb. 13.

Eric McCrory

Eric McCrory

Candyce Hunter, shown, reflects during the induction ceremony on Feb. 13.

Karen Cass, Staff Writer

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Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year colleges, welcomed 94 new members into Madison College’s Beta Beta Psi Chapter for the spring 2013 semester. More than 70 inductees took the stage at a formal ceremony in Truax’s Mitby Theatre on Feb. 13.

At the event, new members listened to words of encouragement from chapter officers and keynote speakers, recited a pledge of allegiance to the honor society and were presented with medallions as they walked across the stage.

Chapter President Casandra Davis congratulated the inductees. “Membership in this organization is a special honor, not only because it recognizes past achievement, but also because it encourages future leadership and service with Phi Theta Kappa, Madison College and our local community,” she said.

Dr. Keith Cornille, Vice President of Student Development at Madison College, encouraged the new members to continue striving for excellence.

“In our society, and in our personal and professional lives, it is important that we celebrate those who aim to excel. In an ever changing world, it is no longer adequate to be above average. The more you challenge yourselves to excel, the greater the rewards will be for each and every one of you,” he said.

Neal Richardson, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions at UW-Madison, addressed a challenge all students face. “One of the hardest things at a junior school is getting involved,” he said.

Richardson encouraged inductees to take advantage of their time at Madison College and Phi Theta Kappa. “There are so many different opportunities, so many different roles that you can participate in,” he said. “No matter where you go, make sure you continue to stay involved. Make sure you continue to be leaders.”

Candyce Hunter, Vice President of Fellowship for the Beta Beta Psi chapter, reflected on all she has gained as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Though she initially joined for a chance at a scholarship, she quickly made valuable friendships with other members. “That in itself was pretty big; to have other people who think school is important,” she said.

Hunter credits Phi Theta Kappa for extra opportunities she’s had, such as attending multiple conferences, speaking publicly and meeting more students.

New member Aimee Shearod, who is in her second semester of the Human Resources Management program, said she researched Phi Theta Kappa before joining. She ultimately decided to join because of the heavy emphasis on volunteering.

“I was impressed with not just the quality of the academic standards, but the volunteerism. They put community and academia as frontrunners of the organization. To me that’s very impressive,” Shearod said.

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