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PTK Chapter Wins Regional Recognition

PTK Chapter Wins Regional Recognition

March 11, 2001--Collin College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an International Honor Society for two-year schools, attended the Texas regional convention in El Paso this past week. The Alpha Mu Tau chapter is proud to announce that it received recognition as one of the top chapters in the state of Texas.

In addition, student Co-President Gayle Grattan was inducted into the PTK Texas Hall of Honor for members and Jean Helgeson, professor of Biology, was inducted into the Texas Hall of Honor for Advisors.

Judging criteria for the state rankings are based on essays written by student members in one of the four hallmark areas of PTK: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

According to its website, "Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1100 chapters" worldwide. They can be visited on the web at

Accompanying the advisors on the trip were the following student-members: Gayle Grattan of Allen, Michelle Astacio of McKinney, Leslie Thetford of McKinney, Sheri O'Quinn of Plano, Sarah McCullough of Wiley, Thomas Doan of Garland, Sandi Wilson of Dallas and Roderick Hunter of Plano.

"We made a very positive impact on the 300-plus members and advisors who attended," says Helgeson.

The Alpha Mu Tau chapter will be attending the PTK International Convention in Denver from March 27 through April 1. They hope to bring back more honors both for themselves and for their college.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.