About 70 Mt. San Jacinto College students were eligible for induction into the Beta Delta Omega chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the spring semester. About half of them attended an induction ceremony on Sunday, April 15, at the San Jacinto Campus theater.
Dr. Nick Reeves, chapter co-advisor at the Menifee Valley Campus, said about 150 students per year consistently join the honor society that has had a presence at the local community college for more than 15 years.
Membership is reserved for students with a minimum 3.5 GPA that have completed at least 12 units.
Before the students took their pledge, MSJC’s Vice President of Instruction Dr. Dennis Anderson told the candidates, “In the words of John F. Kennedy: ‘Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.’”
In his inspirational message to the students, Anderson let them know he feels the future is in great hands thanks to the members of the local chapter.
Terry Moreno already has a bachelor’s degree in biology and has worked as an EMT paramedic and a law enforcement officer. She is in her third semester of the nursing program after completing all her prerequisites at MSJC.
“It’s tough and very stressful but also rewarding,” said Moreno, of Temecula. “I joined Phi Theta Kappa because I’ve worked hard so why not take the recognition?”
The mother of two said the honor will also look good on her resume when she looks for a registered nursing position after her graduation in December.
“This is a really nice celebration,” said Moreno, as she sat with her family at the reception which followed the induction. “I almost didn’t come because I have a big test tomorrow. I even brought my notes in my purse to study but I haven’t looked at them once. I’m just enjoying the day.”
PTK is a student-driven organization that arranges community events throughout the year to promote engagement in four honor society hallmarks: service, leadership, scholarship, and fellowship.
For information, please contact Christina Yamanaka at 951-487-3522, Nick Reeves at 951-639-5735 or visit www.msjc.edu/ptk.
Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society officers and advisors pose by the
MSJC eagle on the San Jacinto Campus on Sunday, April 15.