Ben Fries

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.