Phi Theta Kappa more than just a fancy name

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

Mesalands Community College students who belong to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society do more than just sit around with a fancy title, said new member Jinnah Bates. She said they go out and actively do things, with activities like their upcoming cancer awareness campaign, and the goal of developing leadership skills.

“We give back to the community,” Bates said, who, with a 4.0 GPA, has exceeded or met all membership requirements into the society while working on her diesel degree.

To be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, students must be taking at least six credit hours, have completed 12 credit hours of course work on their way to an associate’s degree and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, according to the college. To retain membership, one must maintain a 3.0 or higher.

As stringent as it may seem, 20 new members were recently inducted into the society, more than half of whom attended the induction ceremony with guest speaker Doug Quarels of Tucumcari mural fame who admonished the audience to set goals in life and work hard to accomplish them.
New Phi Theta Kappa members

Fall 2005 inductees
Laura Bason, business
Virginia (Jinnah) Bates, diesel
Kyra Bell, elementary education
Leonard Brake, criminal justice
Lisa Hight, elementary education/art
Michelle Bliss Marquez, education
Samantha Southard, speech pathology
Tonja Walker, accounting

Spring 2005 inductees
Ashley Adams, pre-engineering
Ankita Bhakta, business
Inabell Broughton, paleontology
Jolean Callison, general studies
Donna Marie Garcia, social work
Miguela Gutierrez, general studies
Samuel Hennig, secondary education
Kiera Mortensen, paleontology
Tammy Mowles, pre-engineering
Timothy James O’Quinn, accounting
Bernice Ramirez, elementary education
Vicky Sandoval, social work