CCC Phi Theta Kappa Induction



March 2020 Phi Theta Kappa inductees with CCC President Brian Kelly.Clinton Community College hosted the Induction Ceremony of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  Thirty six members were inducted into the CCC Alpha Theta Beta Chapter. Students are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa if they have achieved a 3.5 grade point and earned 12 credit hours.   

Phi Theta Kappa chapter alumni Jenny Green and Marcia Larson served as emcees for the Induction Ceremony.  Clinton Community College Dean of Students Dr. Michelle Allmendinger spoke about on the PTK topic of the year – Transformations. Dr. Allmendinger introduced attendees to CCC students, sharing demographics about community college students. 

The CCC Alpha Theta Beta Chapter is a 5-star chapter signifying a high level of involvement by students. This includes an on-campus project. During the year, the Alpha Theta Beta Chapter has completed several projects including collecting Alumni memories, a little lending library, sending more than 1,000 holiday cards to our military troops, and handing out stress relief bags to students and faculty during finals, upkeep with the pollinator garden, and pizza & bake sales. The chapter is also a REACH chapter, a designation for the high number of eligible students joining the organization.

In 2020, Dr. Karen Vickers was honored by International Phi Theta Kappa with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award. The Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to retiring college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students over the course of their career. Recipients are nominated by the students on their campus. Dr. Vickers served Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) as President of Clinton Community College from 1996 until her retirement in 2019, providing vision, leadership and direction to the college’s credit and non-credit programs and student development services. In 2016, International Phi Theta Kappa honored Dr. Vickers with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction awarded to college presidents and campus CEOs based on outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa.   

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.

Clinton Community College students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa include:

Bryant, IA

  • Anthony M. Taplin


Camanche, IA

  • Ashley M. Adamson
  • Dasana D. Moore
  • Jaxon K. White


Clinton, IA

  • Samantha M. Bacunawa
  • Courtney C. Mueller
  • Maya I. Serrano
  • Eric J. Sipes
  • Casey J. Slade
  • Makenzi J. Sparks


DeWitt, IA

  • Brianna Denton    
  • Jeanette Duwa
  • Katelyn A. Good
  • Acacia R. Lopez
  • Audrey M. McAleer
  • Grace A. Pfeifle
  • Denyse A. Turnquist
  • Emma E. Zimmerman


Delmar, IA

  • Hunter J. Overstake


La Motte, IA

  • Brooke R. Bickel

Maquoketa, IA

  • Caiden Atienza
  • Leslie L. Connolly
  • Natalie M. Ehlinger
  • Ryan M. Risinger
  • Colin D. Tracy
  • Brianna J. Tranel
  • Isaiah R. Walsh


Miles, IA

  • Caitlin R. Dotson


Morrison, IA

  • Luke A. Lykken


Erie, IL

  • Jack James


Fulton, IL

  • Rikki M. King
  • Nathaniel R. Wierema


Morrison, IL

  • Amy Monti


Savanna, IL

  • Jessica I. Barr
  • Kyla E. Kampas