By Alexander Lewis
Head Social Media Editor
Middlesex County College’s Upsilon Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is holding information sessions for 833 prospective members in Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ahead of their annual induction ceremony in the West Hall, Parkview Room on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte Quigley, Manager of Career Services and Lead Advisor of Phi Theta Kappa, Upsilon Gamma chapter, said that the sessions are only open to prospective members and their parents, and once members confirm their membership on the national PTK website, she emails them an Eventbrite link to the information sessions.
Quigley said that eligibility for membership is automatic, whether you are a full-time or part-time student as long as you meet the requirements of a 3.5 cumulative GPA, a minimum of 12 credit-bearing college credits completed in a declared major, and all required developmental courses completed.
Eligible invitees get an email with registration instructions and must register at the provided link before Wednesday, Feb. 21 to have their name included in the induction ceremony program, said Quigley.
Quigley said that new members can still attend the ceremony even if they register after Feb. 21.
In these information sessions, there will be a short video showing how PTK has changed three students’ lives, a presentation about what the College’s chapter has done, and an open question and answer session, said Quigley.
Quigley said, “Any current member who wants to be there is invited to be there to and say whatever they’re getting out of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Quigley said that being a member of PTK gives students the opportunity to engage with a group of outstanding scholars on campus who are committed to making a difference in the college community, each other, and their future contributions to the world.
“We tend to have a lot of members who are very passionate and this is a great opportunity to be working alongside [them],” said Quigley.
Members enjoy benefits like PTK-exclusive scholarships and have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills to carry them forward, said Quigley.
[Membership] is prestigious…the opportunity to celebrate academic achievement and excel, and if you’re able to, give back to the community here at Middlesex and if you’re able to, give back to the community here at Middlesex and beyond,” said Quigley.
Quigley said that membership in the internationally-recognized PTK Honor Society speaks volumes to the four-year schools students may transfer to.
“In some schools, it’s automatic that you get $2,000 off your tuition just from your membership,” said Quigley, “Others are even more lucrative and there’s potential for national scholarships and other forms of financial recognition that makes a big difference for our students.”
Quigley said that members who accumulate over 20 hours volunteering at PTK events can get a letter of recommendation from the dean of their program.
“This is a more robust recommendation that speaks to what they contributed to the organization,” said Quigley, “And this goes on your resume and on your transfer application. So it’s evidence of having excelled academically and in terms of the four pillars: leadership, service, fellowship, and academics.
For more information, contact Charlotte Quigley at 732-906-2595 or CQuigley @middlesexcc.edu.