Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, front row, from left, are Ashley Craig, Jozette Ringo, Mary Shields, Marilyn Myles, Sarriah Ceasar, Sandy Tomlinson, Nyesha Lynn (secretary), Monique Thomas, Lashondria Gooden (president), (back row) Nicholas Proctor, Jaelin Tills, Justin Johnson, Christopher Wilson, Deion Warren and Tre'Voris Word (vice president)
CLARKSDALE – Fifteen Coahoma Community College students are now members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, following an induction ceremony Thursday evening.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) was established in 1918 by college presidents and serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievements of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming
The Alpha Omicron Phi Chapter of PTK was established on CCC’s campus in 1989 by Charles Reid, who advised the chapter along with co-advisors Dr. Jimmy Wiley, Modean Hudson, and Jacqueline Maxwell. Its current chapter advisors are Patricia Furdge and Karen Done.
Family and friends gathered in the Magnolia Room of the Zee A. Barron Student Union to witness the future leaders as they took the oath of membership. The ceremony was highlighted by guest speaker — a charter member of CCC’s PTK, Dr. Marcus Reeves of Olive Branch, MS.
Reeves, a native of Jonestown and Lyons, MS, attended Coahoma Agricultural High School and CCC where he received an associate’s degree. He then attended Alcorn State University where he received his doctorate in Biology.
Reeves obtained a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Mississippi.
After training other doctors as a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Huntsville for several years, today Reeves owns his own private family medicine practice, Apex Primary Health Care, in Memphis, TN.
“I can remember when this organization was brought to CCC back in 1989,” said Reeves as he greeted the inductees. “It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but when you start something good it has the tendency to last—that’s what we see here tonight.”
Reeves encouraged the students to continue their pursuit of knowledge.
“PTK is one of the oldest Greek-lettered organizations in the country recognizing scholarship, and that’s why you’re here tonight—scholarship,” he said. “Scholarship means to pursue and obtain knowledge; that’s what you all are doing. Scholarship never ends. You all are at the top. Always fight to stay there.”
Reeves charged each of the students to use their knowledge they gain to not only better themselves, but others as well.
“Once you have improved yourself, look to others. … Each one, teach one,” he said.
He then identified five attributes every leader should possess: Scholarship, vision, effective communication, confidence, and a great work ethic.
“Every leader should lead by example. Your actions should speak for yourself,” said Reeves as he concluded with a poem entitled, “Live Your Creed.”
The ceremony then continued with the induction of the 15 new members by current CCC PTK officers as well as the installation of the new chapter officers.
Eligibility for membership includes a grade point average of at least 3.5 and recommendation from a faculty member. In addition, students desiring to join the society must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at Coahoma Community College and must be enrolled for a minimum of twelve academic semester hours during the current semester.
The organization affords its members with academic scholarships that cover full tuition, books and even room and board at some 4-year institutions.
CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner, also a charter members of CCC’s PTK chapter, commended the students on their achievement.
“I want to congratulate the newest inductees into this prestigious honor society,” said Towner. “May you continue to build upon this, may it give you confidence, may it give you clout, and give encouragement to continue moving on from here to achieve other great things.”
The students inducted were: Ashley Craig, Jozette Ringo, Mary Shields, Marilyn Myles, Sarriah Ceasar, Sandy Tomlinson, Nyesha Lynn (secretary), Monique Thomas, Lashondria Gooden (president), (back row) Nicholas Proctor, Jaelin Tills, Justin Johnson, Christopher Wilson, Deion Warren and Tre'Voris Word (vice president).
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