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Mar. 9, 2017
 
HCC Holds Phi Theta Kappa Spring Induction
 
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) was proud to host the spring induction ceremony for the Alpha Phi Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. The induction took place on March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at The Centre@HCC.

Students processed in and were greeted by Stephanie Meadows and Gary Redding, advisors of Phi Theta Kappa for HCC. After a welcome from member Anthony Finney and an invocation by Dr. Rachel Stephens, Monique Williams, another student member, introduced the speaker for the evening. With great enthusiasm that was contagious, she welcomed Dr. Michael A. Elam, president of HCC, to the podium.

Elam offered words of encouragement to students, reminding them that this was just the beginning of their academic pursuits. By highlighting each of the four tenants of Phi Theta Kappa, he reminded students of the responsibilities they now have to the world around them. Quoting Nelson Mandela, he encouraged students to keep striving for excellence in education because, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

After each of the new and returning members recited the oath of Phi Theta Kappa, Calvin Stansbury, chair of the School of College Transfer, Business, and Education, offered his congratulations and his pride. He reminded students of the trials they have faced to arrive at this moment, and the potential trials they may face moving forward. However, he reminded them that the trials serve a purpose – and it is up to them how they choose to respond. He told the story of Wesley A. Brown, the first African-American graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Using this story, Stansbury encouraged the students to look at obstacles as a stepping stone rather than a hindrance.

This year, there are 46 current members who will re-state the oath during the induction ceremony. The current members of Phi Theta Kappa are as follows: Terra Almendarez, Kendra Battle, Keely Beal, Jasmine Boyce, A'mya Bracy, Cynthia Bryant, Felisha Brinson, Joseph Brown, Kelsey Burd, Charisma Daniel, Elizabeth Evans, Brenda Everett, Anthony Finney, Lakinta Garner, Jessica Harris, Trassie Hewlin, Virginia Howell, Natashja Hunter, Aniya Kee, Jacqueline Jacobs, Alexis Jennings, Jasmine Jones, Brittany Lopez, Jessica Lynch, Alicia Massey, Jermaine Miles, Barbara Miller, Timothy Mitchell, Romeka Moody, Tammy Moseley, Charnekia Rudd, Jennifer Sheley, Christopher Smith, Teidra Sykes, Gabrielle Thorpe, Kelley Trevino, Thomas Turner, Jacob Twisdale, Larry Vaughan, Belinda Williams, Monique Williams, Siyata Winfield, Stephanie Witten, and Lonnie Wood.

In addition, there are 23 new students who have been invited to take the Phi Theta Kappa oath, joining the organization. The newest inductees are as follows: Lacey Balmer, Kaeley Caudle, Shereal Harvey, Larrell Lewis, Melissa Lipcsey, Paige Marsh, Samantha Martin, Andrea Mason, Nichole Medlin, Karl Miller, Garrett Morris, William Peacock, Jessica Pearson, Tin Pham, Alice Quille, Zaquantai Sears, Justin Smith, August Solomon, Taylor Strickland, Lashonda Sykes, Sydney Taylor, Brandee Vaughan, and Terrance Woodley.

About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly community colleges and junior colleges. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
 
 
Halifax Community College's Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
 
Media Contact: Molly Wallace, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, mwallace786@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319