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International Honor Society Recognizes PPCC Standouts
Karen Kovaly, May 23, 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colo. – May 23, 2013 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) student Amber Williams recently became a finalist for international vice president division IV of Phi Theta Kappa and Glenn Rolfing, PPCC assistant professor of history and Phi Theta Kappa co-advisor, received a Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Advisor award at the 95th Annual Phi Theta Kappa convention in San Jose, Calif., last month.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest and most active honor society in higher education. It was founded in 1918 to recognize academic achievement and to encourage service and leadership in community college students.
After doing just enough to get average grades in high school, Williams became determined to earn her first 4.0 GPA during her first semester at PPCC. After succeeding, she was asked to join Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for community college students. She took advantage of this opportunity to develop her leadership and community service skills and served as the Alpha Gamma Alpha chapter vice president of fellowship and chapter president during her 2 ½ years of active membership.
One of her greatest accomplishments as chapter president was to create a college video entitled “A Day We’ll Remember” encouraging community college students to commit to complete their associate’s degree or certificate, part of a nationwide Phi Theta Kappa initiative. This video was internationally recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as a “best practice” for college projects and has received over 45,000 views on YouTube.
With the help of her campaign team, Amber orchestrated her “Compete for Your Dream” campaign for the international vice presidency. As a finalist, she delivered her speech to hundreds of chapters with over 3,800 people in attendance.
Rolfing’s Distinguished Advisor nomination was submitted by PPCC’s chapter officers who said, “Mr. Rohlfing is always carrying the Phi Theta Kappa attitude with him everywhere he goes. He is the embodiment of encouraging scholarly excellence amongst college students at Pikes Peak Community College.”
Rohlfing was also recently selected as one of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2013-2014 Faculty Scholars. He will serve as a seminar leader during the upcoming 2013 Honors Institute at Villanova University in Philadelphia. Attended by Phi Theta Kappa members and chapter advisors, Honors Institute is an annual conference featuring world-class speakers focusing on the society’s honors study topic.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso county and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.