By Emily Garcia
Students with a 3.5 grade-point average who have completed 12 college-level credit hours are eligible to join the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
The society recognizes students for their academic achievements and gives students the opportunity to do service projects to help this community and this college, astronomy Professor Roger Stanley said Aug. 29.
Stanley is the adviser of Phi Theta Kappa.
Developmental courses do not count toward the 12 college-level credit hours needed to join.
Students also must be enrolled in at least six credit hours this semester at this college.
There is a fee of $100 to join.
“Students will receive an e-mail from Phi Theta Kappa headquarters notifying them of their eligibility to join, or they can petition me in case they haven’t gotten an e-mail yet,” Stanley said.
E-mails for this semester have not been sent, but Stanley is in the process of certifying the list of students who are eligible.
Students who join will be inducted at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
The four hallmarks of this organization are leadership, fellowship, scholarship and service opportunities, Stanley said.
“Phi Theta Kappa also gives students a network to learn about scholarships and the skills needed for the workforce, like how to get along with others and getting stuff done on time,” Stanley said.
The work the organization does is not for a grade, but students learn how to be self-driven rather than being driven by a teacher, Stanley said.
Students involved in this organization also participate in competitions and can run for leadership positions in the organization.
“They can run for regional or international office so there’s a lot of leadership opportunities,” Stanley said.
Biology sophomore Debra Williams is the vice president of fellowship for the campus chapter.
“I joined to be an officer to actually better myself in college and try to learn how to be more organized and be more of a leader,” Williams said.
“Right now, we have a college project we’re doing to help tutor kids, and we have a community-based project where we’re trying to help people have healthy body images,” Williams said.
This organization meets at 2 p.m. today and alternating Mondays in the craft room on the second floor of Loftin Student Center.
Stanley can be reached at 210-486-0058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.