DCCC’s Tau Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Wins Awards

DCCC Phi Theta Kappa

March 26, 2015 – The Tau Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Davidson County Community College brought home several awards and recognitions from the honor society’s regional conference held at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. 

Tau Beta, by reenergizing its service activities during the current academic year, received the Distinguished College Project, Most Improved Chapter and Three Star Certified Chapter awards. Officers Parker Tilley, vice president for public relations, and Darlene Trahan, vice president for service, along with fellow Tau Beta member Robin Beck are new inductees into the regional Hall of Honors based on their nominations as Distinguished Chapter Officers and Members. In addition to the regional award, Trahan is this year’s recipient of the chapter’s Jerry C. Dockham Service Award.

DCCC faculty members Sara Neeves, Sharon Carter and Jennifer Comer earned Horizon Awards as first-year advisers for the chapter. 

Tau Beta members attending the conference in addition to Tilley and Trahan included Travis Hundley, Alex Darr, Ashlin McGuinn, Zack Rierson and Donna Rankins-Abrams. 

"We couldn't be more excited about the awards and recognition that our chapter garnered in

a short amount of time," says Neeves. "It’s so rewarding for our students to see the benefits of their long hours of service and dedication.” 

Tau Beta adopted DCCC’s Career and College Promise program as its college project for 2014-2015. Chapter members spoke to eighth-grade students visiting the college last fall to share details and benefits of the program, including free tuition and career choices. Officers designed pre- and post-presentation surveys to collect data to assess the impact of their project in attracting more high school students to the CCP program. 

“We’ve made great strides this year,” says Zack Rierson, chapter president. “We appreciate this recognition of our hard work and are thankful for the support of our chapter advisers.”

For the 2015-2016 school year, the Tau Beta chapter plans to focus on going from a three star to a five star chapter, increase participation in the society's personal development program “Competitive Edge,” and complete an Honors In Action project with a community service component.

"I’m so proud of all of the hard work and commitment that our Phi Theta Kappa students have shown this year," said Jeannine Woody, vice president of academic programs and services for

DCCC. "I can’t wait to see what they do next year to build on the foundation that has been laid."

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

*Editor’s note: DCCC Tau Beta Chapter members meet with Dr. Ron Risley (back, third from left), executive director of Phi Theta Kappa, at the regional Phi Theta Kappa Conference. They are front (from left) Travis Hundley and Zach Rierson, and back (from left) Ashlin McGuinn, Alex Darr, (Risley), Darlene Trahan, Parker Tilley and Donna Rankins-Abrams.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.