On Saturday, March 9, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter, Beta Sigma Pi, inducted twenty new members during their spring induction ceremony at the Nampa Civic Center. The entire student leadership team was present, including President, Elizabeth Carter; Vice President of Scholarship, Agnieszka Gibson; newly-elected Vice President of Leadership, Charity Watson; Vice President of Service, Elyssa Goins; and Vice President of Fellowship, John Nahlen. President Bert Glandon, who sits on the PTK International Board and was a 2017 PTK award recipient, addressed the new members and their families about the important service and leadership opportunities the chapter provides.
“Our next chapter president may be sitting in the audience today,” Glandon said, noting current chapter President, Elizabeth Carter, who was recently awarded a highly competitive PTK scholarship.
Former chapter President and current Rocky Mountain Cascade Regional Alumni President, Jason Ward, spoke about how PTK helped him to find a home at CWI and encouraged new members to get involved in the chapter.
Beta Sigma Pi was organized as a PTK chapter in 2010. Since its inception, it has inducted over 1,200 current and alumni members. PTK is an international honor society with over 1,300 chapters active worldwide. Beta Sigma Pi is one of the 25 chapters in the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region of PTK, which encompasses Southern Idaho, Oregon, and Northern Utah.
The purpose of the Beta Sigma Pi chapter is for promotion of scholarship, engagement in service, development of leadership, and cultivation of fellowship among students at CWI.
New member enrollment is currently underway, and invited members may accept their invitation to join by May 31, 2019. Scholarships are available to offset membership costs.
“As we increase our chapter membership, we also want to grow the next generation of student leaders,” said Dr. Yolonda Barnes, Beta Sigma Pi Advisor.