February 22, 2008
LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE:
CLARK COLLEGE HOSTS THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF PHI THETA KAPPA
From March 7-9, Clark College will welcome scholars from throughout the Pacific Northwest
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Many people have heard of Phi Beta Kappa, the honor society for four-year colleges and universities. Fewer may know that two-year colleges have their own international honor society: Phi Theta Kappa. Clark College hopes to change that when it hosts the regional Phi Theta Kappa conference during the weekend of March 7-9.
On Friday night, members will kick off the conference with a fellowship event. On Saturday, the morning session will begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome from Clark College President Robert K. Knight. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, participants will travel to historic Fort Vancouver to take part in a service project.
“Phi Theta Kappa has four ‘hallmarks’ – scholarship, fellowship, leadership, and service,” said Clark College communications instructor Deena Bisig, who serves as the Phi Theta Kappa advisor at the college. “For our regional conference, we’ll take part in a beautification project at Fort Vancouver. We’ll work in their gardens, chop wood and do other tasks to enhance that wonderful, historic facility.”
After returning to the college, students will elect a regional leadership team. A spring awards banquet will be held that evening. On Sunday morning, the representatives will hold a business meeting, installing new members and discussing a possible reorganization of the region.
Approximately 100 students from community and technical colleges in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Canada are expected to attend the regional conference, which Clark College is hosting for the first time.
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “Our Phi Theta Kappa chapter has really stepped up to take a leadership role at our college through service projects that help our students and members of our community. It’s an honor for us to welcome scholars from other community and technical colleges throughout our region.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. It is estimated that 200,000 students participate in Phi Theta Kappa programs each year.