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Spring Phi Theta Kappa induction at Terra State

Michele Upton of Bellevue lights her candle as her fellow inductees look on. Michele Upton of Bellevue lights her candle as her fellow inductees look on.

Twenty-eight Terra State Community College students were inducted into membership by the Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national two-year college honor society, during a ceremony March 21.

Michael Shirtz, Dean of Business and Creative Arts, was the keynote speaker. He told the students about a traffic accident that changed the course of his life but never extinguished his passion. He gave them an assignment – to nurture their own personal PTK, and always keep their fire going.

“The candle that you light tonight is not just a ritual of this ceremony. It represents something much greater,” he said. “That candle represents the flame inside of you. A spark that ignited a flame that drives you today. It’s a representation of who you are. That one small flame at the end of that wick is only the beginning of a great light that will only serve as your beacon from now, and through all you do.”

Local students inducted into PTK included Theresa Elder of Oak Harbor and Christine Minney of Port Clinton.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among associate degree students who are invited to membership on the basis of scholarly achievement, leadership, citizenship, character and faculty recommendation. 

To be eligible for membership, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 and have at least 12 hours of course work completed. 

Nina Schyllander, Associate Professor in Mathematics at Terra, serves as the chapter’s advisor while Michelle White, Assistant Professor in Mathematics, serves as a co-advisor.

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