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The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recently attended the virtual PTK Oklahoma/Arkansas Regional Convention and was again named a Five-Star Chapter and Regional Distinguished Chapter. Mu Chapter was also named a Top Five Chapter for the Region. Five-Star status is awarded based on chapter activities at the campus, community, and regional level. In 2020-2021, NEO PTK partnered with the NEO Honors College to host a winter coat drive for Peggy’s Closet. In addition, Mu Chapter’s research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student mental health was named at Top Five Honors in Action Project for the Region.

PTK is the oldest international two-year college honor society in the world and NEO’s Mu Chapter was the first established outside of the state of Missouri and is the second-oldest continually operating chapter in the world. Established on the four hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship, PTK provides opportunities for student growth through participation in specialized programming.

“These opportunities translate into student success,” said Chapter Sponsor and NEO History Instructor LaShawna Powers. “A recent study of Phi Theta Kappa members shows that members have an overall student success rate of 91 percent, compared to a national success rate of just 38 percent.” This spring, Mu Chapter has partnered with the Community Crisis Center to provide virtual volunteering. If you’re interested in getting involved with PTK’s scholarship, leadership, and service programming, contact advisor LaShawna Powers at lashawna.powers@neo.edu. (Mu Chapter 2020-2021 Officer Team: Nick Harrison, Seyton Thomas, Destiny Bridgeman, and Reagan Alsbaugh.)


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