KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Thirty-three students from Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Alpha Pi Phi (Kokomo) and Beta Gamma Zeta (Logansport) chapters of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.

New members inducted during the fall ceremonies, by hometown, include:

Amboy: Hannah Bahrenburg, Logansport Chapter

Bunker Hill: Wendy Spence, Kokomo Chapter

Burnettsville: Ashley Darnell, Logansport Chapter

Kokomo: Sydney Crume, Bethany Green, Dakota Henson, Benjamin Hutto, Rachel Miller, Amanda Schultz, Nina Sharp, and Brittany York, Kokomo Chapter; and Kristena Johnson, Logansport Chapter

Logansport: Jose Bermudez-Saldana, Donna Corn, Olivia Iles, Tristan Kizer, Juan Madrigal, and Kely Rivera Hernandez, Logansport Chapter

Macy: Dawn Piotter, Kokomo Chapter

Noblesville: Cody Shuler and Rebecca Shuler, Kokomo Chapter

Peru: Bailee Chapman and Nathanael Sumpter, Kokomo Chapter; and Ricardo Bautista, Breanne Bowyer, and Stacey Moser, Logansport Chapter.

Rochester: Kyle Johnson, Logansport Chapter

Sharpsville: Marcy Reese, Kokomo Chapter

Sheridan: Dora Snyder, Kokomo Chapter

Tipton: Mallory Jacobs, Kokomo Chapter

Wabash: Payton Temple, Logansport Chapter

Walton: Isaac Scott, Logansport Chapter

Winamac: Dylan Gilbert, Logansport Chapter

Angela Bailiff, Alpha Phi Pi alumna, was the guest speaker for the Alpha Phi Pi induction Oct. 15 at the Kokomo campus. Bailiff spoke about her journey through Phi Theta Kappa and the impact of its fellowship during her time at Ivy Tech. She noted the great support structure that Phi Theta Kappa provides to its members through its network of like-minded scholars. Phi Theta Kappa very much became an extended family on campus, she said, adding that through active membership in the society, students can have these benefits and more.

Speaker for the Nov. 15 induction ceremony for the Beta Gamma Zeta chapter at the Logansport site was Elizabeth Humphrey, chapter vice president and Indiana Region secretary/treasurer. Humphrey spoke of the many experiences and opportunities she has been afforded through Phi Theta Kappa. Not only have the friends she’s made had a huge impact on her life, she said, but the leadership and soft skills training have been life-changing. “If someone said two years ago that I would or could get up in front of a crowd of people and give a public speech, I would have told them they’re crazy,” she added, “but with Phi Theta Kappa anything seems achievable.”

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3 million members and nearly 1,400 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors, and most importantly to its student members are unparalleled by any other student organization.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region