Glen Oaks Ben Fries honored nationally for PTK initiatives

Glen Oaks advisor Ben Fries was one of fifteen Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisors honored with the Paragon Award for New Advisors, presented by PTK during NerdNation 2016, the annual convention in National Harbor, Maryland, April 7-9.

Fries, of Constantine, Michigan, is advisor to the Glen Oaks Alpha Delta Omega PTK Chapter. “Ben accepted the PTK position three years ago, and in that time, has grown the program from a Two-Star Chapter to a Five-Star Chapter,” said Tony Howden, assistant dean of students. “In addition, he has increased the number of members from 25 per year to nearly 40 per year. For a small community college, that is quite an accomplishment.”

The Paragon Award for New Advisors recognizes advisors who have served less than four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapter members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level of the organization.

When adjusted for size of school enrollment, the Glen Oaks Chapter is nearly double the national average in the percentage of students inducted into PTK; and 20 percent above the national average when it comes to completion, enrollment and transfer. In the past two years, 100 percent of Glen Oaks PTK members have either completed their degrees, are still enrolled or have transferred to another institution of higher education.”

The 2016 Advisor Awards are sponsored by Envision/International Scholar Laureate Program and Nova Southeastern University.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Glen Oaks Community College is a quality provider of education programs serving the needs of residents and businesses of St. Joseph County and beyond. The College, established in 1965, sits on 300 acres of land in rural Centreville, Michigan. GOCC offers 15 associate degree programs and 21 certificate programs. The student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 affords students personal attention and provides opportunities to for them to accomplish their goals and grow and succeed in a supportive, ethical and academic environment.