Members of Mercer's Phi Theta Kappa delegation at the Middle States Regional Conference in Long Branch:Jingrong Huang (advisor),
Jennifer Cook (advisor), Khanyisile Baloyi, and
WEST WINDSOR – Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society is getting attention on the national level, earning five major awards during PTK’s recent Middle States Regional Convention in Long Branch.
The MCCC PTK chapter received the Five-Star Chapter Award for the second consecutive year, which is given to chapters who meet five-star requirements, including research and Honors in Action projects, a college project, and attending regional and national meetings. The chapter also received the new REACH Award for achieving a member acceptance rate of more than 15 percent.
“We are all very excited,” said Jen Cook, MCCC Transfer Counselor and co-advisor for Mercer’s PTK chapter, with Professor Jingrong Huang. “We thank the college for its support, and our leadership team is returning with new energy, excitement and vision to do even better next year.”
In addition to the two chapter awards, Jonathan Cohen of Kendall Park, Vice President of Leadership and President-elect for the upcoming year, and Cedric Lary of Trenton, Vice President of Fellowship, received Distinguished Officer Awards and Kathryn Tyrasinski of Wrightstown received the Distinguished Member Award.
Cook received the Paragon Advisor Award, awarded to an advisor serving no more than four years and nominated by the chapter, and the Horizon Advisor Award, which is selected by the Middle States Regional Officer Team from advisors serving less than two years.
“That one came as a big surprise and I am very grateful to the regional coordinators for recognizing my work with the chapter and selecting me for this honor,” Cook said.
Students also received recognition for completing the Five-Star Competitive Edge program. Since August 2016, 13 Mercer PTK members have completed the program, up from two the previous year.
In addition, MCCC Vice President for College Advancement Ed Gwazda was selected as a recipient of the PTK Distinguished College Administrator Award, which was announced during the organization’s national convention in Nashville earlier this month. He was nominated by the Mercer PTK chapter based on outstanding support provided to PTK and the development of a scholarship fund to support chapter activities. Gwazda was one out of approximately 30 college administrators selected for the honor out of thousands of eligible college administrators nationwide.