PTK Students Honored at International Conference

PTK advisors Kevin Hawk and Dr. Julie Flegal-Smallwood standing with chapter officers McKenzie Simon and Alison Tock with their awards.At the recent annual conference, students from the Redlands Community College Alpha Beta Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, received individual recognition as well as awards as part of the Oklahoma/Arkansas region.

McKenzie Simon, Elk City, was named one of the top 30 Distinguished Chapter Officers, and Merideth Behrens, Colbert, was selected as a top 30 Distinguished Chapter Member. Alison Tock, Watonga, and Trenton Jones, Yukon, were also recognized along with Simon as a top 30 Distinguished Chapter Officer Team. Redlands’ chapter advisors, Dr. Julie Flegal-Smallwood and Kevin Hawk, were honored as a top 20 Distinguished Advisor Team. Redlands nursing program graduate Christy Rutherford Hatch joined the Alumni Hall of Honor.

“Phi Theta Kappa is an outstanding organization, and I am proud of our students for their commitment to the organizations and the opportunities it provides,” Flegal-Smallwood said. “I am confident that the relationships they have developed and skills they have enhanced because of their Phi Theta Kappa experience will serve them well.”

There are more than 1,300 active chapters across the country and around the world. In addition to being named a Top 100 Chapter, Redlands was one of 50 chapters named a Distinguished Chapter and to receive the Distinguished Honors in Action Award.

In March, the students were recognized with regional awards, including Most Distinguished Chapter, Most Distinguished College Project, Distinguished Honors in Action, Theme 4 HIA Most Distinguished Project, Simon as Most Distinguished Chapter Officer, Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team, Most Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team, Hawk as Outstanding Chapter Advisor, Top 5 College Project, Top 5 Honors in Action Project, and Top 5 Chapter. Behrens was recognized as Distinguished Chapter Member, and Hatch was named Most Distinguished Regional Alumni.

“The four hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa are scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service,” Flegal-Smallwood added. “These students exemplify these characteristics and have fun doing it. I’m proud of the teamwork this group has demonstrated.”