DCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Wins Regional Awards

Chapter Recognized for Distinguished College, Honors in Action Projects

THOMASVILLE, N.C. … The Tau Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Davidson County Community College received multiple awards during the annual Carolinas Region Convention held recently in Columbia, S.C.

Tau Beta was recognized for the second straight year for its College Project and earned an Honorable Mention for design and implementation of an Honors In Action student leadership development project. These recognitions also netted the chapter an Honorable Mention as a Distinguished Chapter, ranking fifth in the region out of nearly 80 chapters.

By participating in a variety of projects, leadership activities, service opportunities and conferences nationwide, Tau Beta received designation as a four-star chapter and was named one of the Most Improved Chapters in the region. DCCC was also recognized for participating in the regional Honors In Action study topic and assisting with the regional service project.

“I’m so proud of the progress that our chapter has made over the past two years,” says Parker Tilley, chapter president. “I’m honored to have been able to work with such a great group of people this year and to have helped our college and local communities in the ways that we have.”

In addition, adviser Sara Neeves was a recipient of the Horizons Award for new and exceptional chapter advisers,

“I’m honored to be recognized as an outstanding advisor for such an amazing organization,” Neeves says. “It’s been a joy to work with the students in DCCC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and watch them achieve such high levels of success. I’m very proud of their accomplishments.”

Tau Beta members worked with college administration to strengthen ties between the college and the local business community for its 2015-2016 College Project. They reached out to industry leaders and made site visits, providing information on programs offered at DCCC and building stronger relationships that will benefit students seeking jobs in the future.

For the Honors In Action project, the chapter researched food insecurity and food deserts. They then worked with the Davidson County Health Department to survey local stores that sell fresh produce and worked with new stores to help develop additional programs.

“I’m so proud of the work our chapter has done this year,” says Jeannine Woody, vice president, academic programs and services. “Their ability to identify a need, develop and implement a plan has been outstanding. I know that through these experiences they have gained insight into themselves and their leadership abilities.”

Tau Beta chapter members Robin Beck, Nicole Craver, Crystal Kissee, Megan Lambeth, Kelsey Mills and Darlene Trahan joined Tilley at the conference, in addition to advisers Sharon Carter and Neeves.

Over the past two years, chapter officers have worked make Tau Beta a leader on both the regional and national levels. Last year, DCCC’s chapter was recognized for implementing one of the top 25 College Projects in the world during the international conference.

For more information on Phi Theta Kappa and membership opportunities, contact Sara Neeves at 336-249-8186 ext. 6705, or SENeeves@DavidsonCCC.edu.

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Photo: Tau Beta chapter officers (from left) Nicole Craver, Parker Tilley, Darlene Trahan, Crystal Kissee, Kelsey Mills, Megan Lambeth and Robin Beck show the awards won at the regional Phi Theta Kappa conference.