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Collin College Students Win National Awards

Collin College Students Win National Awards

The 2006-07 Collin College Phi Theta Kappa officers: Laura Perdomo, Melinda Archacki-Sutter, Audrey Koehler, Carlos Valera, Stephanie Hall, Frank Pallone, Danya Salinas, James Guin, faculty sponsor Angela Putman, Sidney Owallah, Rachael Carranza and Chadi El-khoury at the organizations international conference in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Collin College.

April 26, 2007 - An international spotlight turned to Collin County last week as a delegation of honor society students returned to Collin College with five commendations. Phi Theta Kappa honor society presented the prestigious awards at their annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., April 11-15.

According to Phi Theta Kappa, this year almost 500 chapters competed for the society's most coveted awards. Exceptional members, officers, advisors, college administrators and chapters are recognized annually at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention for their achievements. The Hallmark Awards Program is the Society's capstone awards competition annually recognizing excellence in programs that promote the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.

Phi Theta Kappa named Collin College student Frank Pallone, of Rockwall, Distinguished President for his leadership of the Collin College chapter. Student Diana Gonzales, of Plano, was named Distinguished Member, and Collin College speech professor Angela Putman, of Dallas, received the Paragon Award for chapter advisers.

Phi Theta Kappa also commended Alpha Mu Tau as a Distinguished Chapter given to the top 25 in the society. The final award was a Scholarship Hallmark. The Collin chapter planned and implemented a comprehensive program to earn its 2007 Scholarship Hallmark, one of only 25 nationwide.

"We are proud of all our honor societies at Collin College," said college president Cary Israel. "However, special recognition must be given to Professor Angela Putman and the Phi Theta Kappa students who have recently been nationally recognized for their significant achievements. They are the best of the best and we applaud their service and scholarship."

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