PTK First to Achieve Five-Star Status

Published: January 17, 2019

Beta Sigma Pi, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) chapter of the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, is happy to announce the chapter’s recent completion of all requirements to achieve five-star status – the highest rank for Phi Theta Kappa chapters. Of the 25 chapters in the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region, CWI was the first to achieve this goal. On a national level, Beta Sigma Pi is one of 22 schools to reach five-star status out of more than 1,300 chapters.

Beta Sigma Pi President, Elizabeth Carter, along with Vice President, John Nahlen, and Faculty Advisor, Yolonda Barnes, presented during the Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday, January 15.

Carter and Nahlen shared awards, achievements, and future goals with members of the Board, including their project dedicated to suicide awareness.

“We created and placed 1,100 paper flags around two of CWI’s campuses to symbolize the average number of college students who commit suicide each year,” said Carter.

They additionally thanked the CWI Foundation for their generosity in providing $50 scholarships to eight deserving scholar students to help pay for the cost of joining PTK.

“Not every student can afford the $85 fee,” commented Carter, “but every scholarly student should have the opportunity of being a part of Phi Theta Kappa.”

“These students have excelled,” commented President Bert Glandon during the meeting. “Deciding they wanted to achieve five-star status, these students have done some phenomenal things.”

This spring, Beta Sigma Pi hopes to reach 1,000 members.

“We greatly appreciate all the support we have received and the opportunity to serve our CWI community and offer opportunities for leadership, fellowship, scholarship, and service,” said Carter. “We are excited for the future of Phi Theta Kappa!”

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