Thursday, November 6, 2014

130 students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

Reynolds Community College’s Chapters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society inducted 130 new members recently at their annual fall induction ceremony. Students who have completed 12 transferable credit hours and have a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the college are invited to join PTK every fall and spring semester. 

Alpha Iota Beta Chapter President Jennifer Campbell opened the festivities and Reynolds President Dr. Gary Rhodes welcomed the group. Midas of Richmond owner Mark Smith delivered a motivational speech as the keynote speaker, emphasizing the students’ opportunities and responsibilities to become leaders and help others through service.

“Community impact begins when you choose to make it begin,” stressed Smith. “And I challenge you - if not you - Who? And if not now – when?”

Smith’s inspiring words continued by adding, “What happens when you multiply 6 x 18. Some of you think it is simple math of 108. But what happens when you multiply the 6 inches between your ears by the 18 inches from your heart to your head? You arrive at the intersection of your intellectual curiosity and your passion. Hunger, healthcare, education, homelessness, performing arts - there are all sorts of areas right here – right now in Richmond - that need you.”     

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.  Reynolds has two chapters at the college.  The Alpha Iota Beta chapter represents members enrolled in programs at the Parham Road Campus and the Alpha Gamma Omicron chapter represents members enrolled in programs at the Goochland and Downtown campuses.  Reynolds has inducted 5,111 members since 1982.   

PTK Ceremony video