New PTK members standing in stairwell.

Glen Oaks students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa; Chapter leads national average in membership percentage

The Glen Oaks Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-
year colleges, recently held a special ceremony to welcome its newest members.

A total of 22 new members joined this semester and 11 of the new members, including honorary member Jill
Toner, a member of the Glen Oaks faculty were ceremonially installed into PTK during the 2014 fall induction
ceremony held in the Nora Hagen Theatre on the Glen Oaks campus.

“When adjusted for size of school enrollment, the Glen Oaks Chapter is above the national average in the
percentage of students inducted into PTK,” said Ben Fries, PTK chapter advisor, adding that nearly 15 percent
of the students eligible for PTK are inducted into the organization. “This is nearly double the national average,”
said Fries.

“Our chapter is 20 percent above the national average when it comes to completion, enrollment and transfer,”
said Fries, adding that, “in the past two years, 100 percent of our PTK members have either completed their
degrees, are still enrolled or have transferred to another institution of higher education.”

Guest speaker Hayley Younce, regional PR/historian and chapter president of Alpha Rho Nu, Kalamazoo Valley
Community College’s PTK chapter, spoke on different types of leadership. She shared how leadership roles
during college years better prepare individuals for their future both individually and in their careers.

“We are working on getting our students actively engaged,” said Chapter President and Regional Vice-
President Anne McCleod, of Three Rivers. “We are involved in or host a number of community service projects
each year including a campus blood drive, a college completion challenge, and our members volunteer at the
St. Joseph County’s candlelight vigil for domestic violence.”

Two new officers were installed during the event for the 2014-15 academic year. Hayley Taylor, of Three
Rivers, was installed as the new vice-president of public relations and Danielle Talbot, of Mendon, is the new
chapter secretary.

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than
two million members and 1,200 chapters in the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada,
Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, and Palau. Approximately 100,000 students
accept membership each year.