For the third consecutive year, Lake Land College's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter earned Five Star Chapter status.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is an international organization that ranks campus chapters on a five-star system. Completion of an Honors in Action project addressing a need in the community and on campus is required as a final step in advancing to five-star status distinction.

"We are extremely ecstatic to be recognized as a Five Star Chapter," PTK President Lucas Duduit said. "It gives a sense of the community and the positive Laker mentality at Lake Land College. These honors students are engaging in programs that will help facilitate a brighter future, whether in the workforce or at another university."

This year the Lake Land College PTK chapter chose virtual learning as the topic for the Honors in Action project.

"PTK wanted to be a voice for their peers," Counselor and Faculty Adviser to the Honors Experience Krista Burrell said. "Each and every student has been impacted by the pandemic and courses being offered in a virtual format. PTK members wanted to know more about how students were succeeding and if they still felt connected to campus. Throughout the process, PTK officers met with groups of administrators, faculty and students."

Reaching five-star status also includes recognizing academic excellence by creating awareness of PTK among the college community, establishing chapter leadership and engagement, developing an Honors in Action project and a college project such as maintaining a chapter Facebook page, increasing the PTK presence on campus and increasing engagement in the region, and submitting three entries in the Hallmark Awards Program.

"This PTK chapter should be very proud," Burrell said. "To earn five stars during a pandemic was no small feat. It took incredible determination and communication between the officers."

To top it off, chapters are encouraged to attend the annual catalyst. The Lake Land College PTK chapter, Alpha Theta Psi, will attend the National PTK Catalyst Convention virtually in April.

Duduit has also been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

PTK members involved in the project include PTK President Lucas Duduit, Pana; PTK Vice President Tim Lawyer, Mattoon; PTK Secretary Macy Vogt, Teutopolis; PTK Treasurer Rachel Buening, Effingham.

PTK sends invitations each year to students who have completed 12 credit hours at the collegiate level with a 3.25 GPA or exceptional high school students passing with a 3.5 GPA.

To view full reports from the PTK 2020 virtual learning survey and student resources, visit lakelandcollege.edu/institutional-research/#ptk.

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