SAC Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Wins Multiple Honors

May 6, 2022

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The San Antonio College Beta Nu chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society received multiple awards at their District V regional convention this spring, including the prestigious Five Star chapter award.

“A small percentage of chapters in Texas achieve the Five Star status and we are proud of our Executive Student Team of the Beta Nu Chapter for being recognized at the regional conference for their leadership and accomplishment,” said Dr. Jim Lucchelli, one of the advisors to the SAC chapter.

PTK 1.pngAccording to Lucchelli, students need to work on a college project, conduct research and report to the Honor Society through the Honors in Action requirement, and actively participate in leadership development at the regional level to be considered for Five Star status.

Other requirements include making students aware of opportunities within the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society such as transfer scholarships and service awards and participate   at an international level at the CATALYST Annual Conference and/or attend the Honors Institute.   

The Beta Nu chapter also received the Honors in Action Award and the College Project Participation Award. Lucchelli was honored with the Horizon Award, which recognizes experienced advisors who have, according to District V, “attained new levels of achievement in Phi Theta Kappa programs.”

In addition, several SAC students were named District V Hall of Honor Awardees:
Arianna Acosta
Sienna Benjamin
Morgan Blom
Nellie Bourne
Mercedes Cantu
Jeremiah Davis
Eric Garza
Robert J Gasperson
Gabby Rodriguez
Linda Rodriguez
Braiden Touchette
Victoria A. Veloz

Last month, the chapter welcomed 61 students into the honors society during their spring induction and awards ceremony at SAC. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Executive Team for 2022-23 were also announced:

President – Mercedes Rodriguez Cantu
Vice President of Leadership – Robert Gasperson
Vice President of Service – Braiden Touchette
Vice President of Scholarship – Che King
Vice President of Fellowship – Richard Jordan
Vice President of Public Relations – Lisa Ybarra 

The following members also received 2021-22 Service Awards from the chapter:
Bronze Service Award
Kristen Biggs 
Silver Service Awards:
Oreoluwa Adelowotan 
Karen Luckey
Gold Service Awards: 

Arianna Acosta 
Sienna Benjamin 
Morgan Blom 
Nellie Bourne
Mercedes Rodriguez Cantu
Justin Francis
Adam Garcia
Robert Gasperson
Marissa Morales
Angela Reilly
Linda Rodriguez
Belem Suarez
Thu Thrinh
Braiden Touchette
Victoria Veloz
Rebecca "Bex" West
Lisa Ann Ybarra

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society which recognizes undergraduate college students with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher. Membership is lifetime and scholarships are often automatically given to PTK members upon transfer to some universities. Scholarships are also available for associate degrees.

The advisors for the chapter are Jeanette Bunch, Dr. Jacob-Aidan Martinez, and Dr. Jim Lucchelli.