This fall, nearly 20 students from St. Louis Community College-Wildwood joined the Beta Rho Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. The campus honored these students during an induction ceremony on Oct. 5.
Breana Houska, president of Beta Rho Epsilon, welcomed new members at the ceremony. In addition to sharing her experiences with Phi Theta Kappa, she encouraged the new inductees to take an active role in the chapter.
“Phi Theta Kappa has influenced my college life in almost every way,” Houska said. “I’ve met an amazing group of supportive people who are invested in my success. I’ve also had numerous opportunities to further my personal development and my leadership capacity.”
She added: “I hope that you realize the magnitude of what you have accomplished and what it means to be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. You are the best of the best, and I hope that you not only accept the words of recognition and congratulations from the faculty, your family and fellow students here tonight, but also recognize yourself and your journey so far.”
The induction ceremony also featured an inspiring keynote from Michelle Parrinello-Cason, a professor of English at the college’s Forest Park campus. During her remarks, Parrinello-Cason challenged students to find innovative solutions to address the problems present in today’s world.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Beta Rho Epsilon chapter has rapidly gained new members. To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate degree program, must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree, and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5. Students who are involved with Phi Theta Kappa have access to millions of dollars in scholarship money, in addition to various leadership development opportunities.
This year, the Beta Rho Epsilon chapter is focused on regaining its five-star status. This status is the highest rating a chapter can receive, and it is earned when a chapter meets a series of goals, including the completion of an Honors in Action Project.
According to Houska, Wildwood’s chapter has been working hard since January to streamline processes and create efficiencies. In addition to their involvement with regional activities and events, chapter members are focused on completing a College Project, which involves mentoring students in the Early College program, as well conducting research on children’s literature for an Honors in Action Project.
“Wildwood’s Phi Theta Kappa students are among the most inquisitive, insightful and committed in the college,” said Daniel Yezbick, Ph.D., professor of English who also serves as the chapter’s adviser. “It’s a privilege to encourage and facilitate their growth as students, professionals and citizens.”
To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at STLCC-Wildwood, email firstname.lastname@example.org.