Beta Sigma Pi Achieves Top Ten Status

Published: April 24, 2020

Congratulations to Beta Sigma Pi, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, recognized as a top ten college, placing seventh out of 1,300 community colleges worldwide during the PTK Catalyst Virtual Event April 17, 2020!

Despite the annual spring conference looking very different than in previous years, Beta Sigma Pi was honored to receive this and several other recognitions and awards including:

  • Seventh Finalist for Most Distinguished Chapter Worldwide
  • Top 100 Chapter Award
  • Distinguished Chapter Award
  • Distinguished College Project Award
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award for their project on stereotyping and incivility

Beta Sigma Pi’s Honors in Action Project entry, “Overcoming Stereotypes through Faculty Cultural Competence,” was selected from among 495 entries to be included as one of 16 articles in the 2020 edition of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research, which will be published in June.

Despite numerous obstacles throughout this academic year, the honor society’s officer team – Laura Baldwin, Rheanna Palmer, Nicole Johnston, Jody Ayers, and Mia Cinello-Smith – worked incredibly hard to complete two demanding projects, supported a large chapter membership body, hosted a successful regional Fall Conference, put on several events for PTK Awareness Week, and continually collaborated with many different stakeholders on the CWI campus.

Congratulations to the entire Beta Sigma Pi team,” said Susan Edwards, PTK Honor Society’s Associate Vice President of Honors Programming and Undergraduate Research. “Your work inspires us and highlights something we have known all along: community college students are central to the production of new knowledge and meaningful scholarship.”

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