SCF Venice Phi Theta Kappa Achieves Five Star Status

(Bradenton, Fla., April 21, 2010) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society was recognized by the SCF District Board of Trustees at the April board meeting for achieving Five Star Chapter Development status at the International Convention held in Orlando in April 7-10.

The five star status is the highest level awarded to Phi Theta Kappa chapters, serving as a guide to develop strong chapters that earns local, regional, and international recognition. Chapters also enhance their working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on the campus and in the community.

Members who attended the conference were Brian Miller, president; Jodi Johnson, vice president of scholarship; Michaela Cerce, vice president of leadership; Kimberly Tomchinsky, vice president of service; Evan LaMar, vice president of communications; and Taylor Meredith, vice president of public relations.

At the conference, LaMar also received a Florida regional art award for his ceramic pieces including a vase and teapot with cups.

In addition, Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter was also chosen to host the Florida Regional Honors Institute held this summer in Sarasota. Members and advisers from community and state colleges in Florida will hear presentations by experts and discuss various aspects of the honors study topic, "The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise." The controversial topic is likely to generate collaborative projects for individuals, chapters and regions to learn, lead and serve with others.

Stephanie Cook, assistant professor, business and technology, is the SCF Venice Phi Theta Kappa adviser.

SCF Venice Phi Theta Kappa
Front row: SCF Venice Phi Theta Kappa members Evan LaMar, Taylor Meredith,Jodi Johnson and Kimberly Tomchinsky. Back row: SCF Board Chairman Steve Harner, Michaela Cerce, SCF Venice Phi Theta Kappa Adviser Stephanie Cook and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

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