The stars come out for MCC PTK

members of Muscatine Community College's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa 
Members of MCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Back Row - L to R:
Andrey Sazonov, Jose Pimentel, Jared Blaylock, Brandon Lange,
Zach Sperstadt, Adam Sterner. Front row - L to R: Aslihan Benal,
Fortesa Sada, Jana Fowler, Kacie Moeller, Karie Moeller,
Peter Miller, Patrick Miller, Loureen Sayej, Megan Elliott, Alex Walgren

The members of Muscatine Community College's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa are seeing stars.

The MCC chapter received the official Five Star Chapter designation during an awards ceremony Feb. 27 in Carroll. The Five-Star rating is the highest level that a chapter can achieve. Many tasks must be completed to reach that level.

Students had to create a plan, meet membership recruitment goals, increase public awareness of Phi Theta Kappa, have structured training for new members, and foster a stimulating environment for intellectual growth and challenge.

As they moved up from the One Star rating to Five Star, the work increased. Members learned leadership through service and advocacy.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges and is available for students who have completed at least 12 hours of classes and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Involvement in Phi Theta Kappa educates members in the importance of setting and reaching goals. The service that members perform is designed to make a lasting impact.

On a lighter note, MCC also won the award for the best skit for their performance of "Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork.” A fitting award, since the group had the largest team there. MCC's chapter brought the most students to the conference.

Phi Theta Kappa Adviser Jana Fowler won the Paragon Award for New Advisor and Brandon Lange won the Horizon Award that is given to new advisers who are making an impact in the region. Congratulations to Brandon and Jana and the chapter members for their hard work this year. Fowler will be taking seven students to the International Phi Theta Kappa Conference in Florida Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27.