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The Clark College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) earned five-star honors and praise as it hosted, for the first time, the regional Phi Theta Kappa conference.  The conference, which was held from March 7-9, drew 94 Phi Theta Kappa members and advisors from the Greater Northwest Region which includes Washington, Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana, and Western Canada.  Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges.

Communications studies instructor Deena Bisig serves as advisor to Alpha Sigma Phi, the Clark College chapter of the honor society.  Bisig said the chapter “worked hard for the past several months to coordinate the 2008 Spring Regional Conference for the region.”  Chaired by Diane Haraldson, Vice President of Alpha Sigma Phi, 10 local students were highly involved in planning the conference.  Bisig noted, “This was the first conference that has been hosted by the Clark College chapter since we chartered in 1991.”

Clark College members of Phi Theta KappaDuring an awards banquet, Alpha Sigma Phi received several awards and honors as a chapter and for individual members.  Most prominently, Alpha Sigma Phi achieved Five Star status for the first time.  According to Phi Theta Kappa officials, “The term Five Star is interpreted as the peak of excellence when rating products and services such as restaurants, automobiles and hotels. The same holds true for chapters participating in Phi Theta Kappa's Five Star Program.”

In addition, Alpha Sigma Phi won the 2008 Regional Service Project Award, the Most Congenial Chapter 2008 Award and the Pinnacle Award for increasing membership by over 10% over the previous year.  In 2007, Alpha Sigma Phi inducted 164 new members. 

Alpha Sigma Phi also won third place honors for PTK’s Leadership Hallmark.  Bisig explained, “There are four Hallmarks:  Service, Leadership, Fellowship, and Scholarship.  To my knowledge, this is the first time our chapter has submitted Hallmark awards.”  She added, “I am so proud of these accomplishments.  This is wonderful regional recognition and will help us move upward and onward toward national recognition next year.”   

Individual members of Alpha Sigma Phi also were honored.  Diane Haraldson, vice president of Alpha Sigma Phi, earned second place honors as a Distinguished Chapter member.  Gypsy Alderman received recognition for writing excellence for her submission, Claude, which will be published in Phi Theta Kappa’s 2007 literacy anthology, Nota Bene.

Kathy Brown, the Alpha Sigma Phi chapter Financial Officer, was appointed the Regional Finance Officer at Sunday’s meeting.  Regional PTK officials will ratify that appointment at a business meeting in April during Phi Theta Kappa’s international convention. 

In addition, Kathy Brown, the Alpha Sigma Phi chapter Financial Officer, was appointed the Regional Finance Officer at Sunday’s meeting.  The region will ratify that appointment at the business meeting in April at the International Convention.  Bisig and 10 members of Alpha Sigma Phi will attend the conference, which will be held in Philadelphia.

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