This has been a successful year for the Beta Rho Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood.
At the recent Missouri Regional Convention, the chapter and its members received six awards. Two students were also named to the All-Missouri Team. In conjunction with these awards, one student, Ting Ming Wei, was honored as a Distinguished Officer at both the Missouri Regional Convention and Catalyst, the international convention.
Among the awards presented at the Missouri Regional Convention, Beta Rho Epsilon was recognized for achieving Five Star Status, which is the highest level a chapter can receive. The chapter also received a Distinguished Honors in Action Award.
Three students and one staff member received individual recognition for their involvement with PTK. Along with his Distinguished Chapter Officer Award, Wei was named to the All-Missouri Academic Third Team. Laura Hanson was recognized as both a Distinguished Chapter Officer and a member of the All- Missouri Academic First Team. Alex Petti was recognized as a Distinguished Chapter Member. Staff member Traci Carpenter was honored for her leadership as a new adviser.
Wildwood celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Beta Rho Epsilon chapter by inducting 32 new members this spring. Since the chapter was established in 2009, more than 500 Wildwood students have joined PTK.
About the Recipients
During his studies at STLCC-Wildwood, Wei served as the treasure of Beta Rho Epsilon and president of the Business Club. He also participated in a number of service learning projects through his involvement with Volunteers of Wildwood student organization. In December 2018, he completed his associate degree from STLCC. He then transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar in a rock band.
Hanson serves as the president of Beta Rho Epsilon. She is also the president of Amnesty International at STLCC-Wildwood. Hanson enrolled at Wildwood during her junior year of high school as part of the Early College program with the Rockwood School District. In May, she will graduate with both her high school diploma and her associate degree. She plans to study political science at DePaul University in Chicago, with the goal of launching her career in diplomacy and international relations.
Petti currently serves as vice president of leadership for Beta Rho Epsilon. He also serves as a communications ambassador for the Student Government Association and is president of the Preforming Arts Club. An A+ Scholarship recipient, Petti is pursuing an associate degree in teaching, with an expected graduation date in December 2019. After graduation, he plans to transfer to a four-year university so he can complete his bachelor’s degree and pursue a career as a high school English teacher.
Carpenter serves as co-adviser of Beta Rho Epsilon. This year, she received the Paragon Award for New Advisers, which is presented to advisors who have less than four years of service to PTK. At Wildwood, Carpenter serves as a student services specialist. A former PTK vice president and president herself, she holds an associate degree education from East Central College and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Missouri Baptist University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education leadership at Missouri Baptist University.