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Coahoma’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Initiates New Members

Recently, Coahoma Community College's (CCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (Alpha Omicron Pi) inducted nearly 40 new members. With 1,350 chapters at two-year colleges across the world, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education. Members enjoy many exclusive benefits and opportunities for scholarship.

Coahoma’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Initiates New Members

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Fri Apr 20, 2018

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Recently, Coahoma Community College's (CCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (Alpha Omicron Pi) inducted nearly 40 new members. With 1,350 chapters at two-year colleges across the world, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education. Members enjoy many exclusive benefits and opportunities for scholarship. The organization not only recognizes and encourages scholarly endeavors but also provides opportunities for leadership development, networking, and community service.

Dr. Kendrix J. Evans, General Surgeon, served as guest speaker.

Evans received his Doctor of Medicine from Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, a Residency in Surgery from the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, and completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.

Evans was impressed by the initiate’s achievements and reminded them that they are the future. He encouraged them to strive for excellence at all times.

“I think that it is very important that you being the future, you be active. Always use your voice to bring about change,” said Evans. “Get out of your own way. Don’t let naysayers or distractions take you away from the goals you want to accomplish.”

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society guarantees its members access to benefits that will recognize their outstanding academic accomplishments and provide them with the competitive edge that helps ensure future success.

On average, to be eligible for the society a student must have completed at least 12 hours of associate degree coursework with a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Phi Theta Kappa's Constitution sets minimum standards for membership and gives local chapters the ability to raise these standards.

Dr. Valmadge Towner, President of Coahoma Community College, shared his memories of being a founding member of Alpha Omicron Pi and spoke to the students about having proper perception moving forward in their respective journeys.

“I was a student here (CCC) in 1989 and we were the first inductees into this chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. I am so happy to see this still going on 29 years later,” said Towner. “Two things students need to remember is you have to get in first. Get in school, get in the program. Secondly, you must make certain you don’t stop. Do Not Stop.”

“Parents, continue to do what you are doing. Support them, check on them and make certain they Do Not Stop,” Towner added.

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

For more information about CCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa contact, Patricia Furdge, Department Chair – Math Science at (662) 621-4282 or pfurdge@coahomacc.edu.

To view a photo gallery from the event visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmahY3fb.