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Phi Theta Kappa Welcomes New Members at Manassas Campus of NOVA

March 12, 2008

The Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently held its spring induction at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. A reception for the new members and their families followed the ceremony. 

Attendees participated in the traditions of signing the membership book, lighting a candle (the symbol of knowledge), taking a white rose (symbolizing intellectual friendship) and reciting the oath of membership. President Abigail Friedman, Vice President Endy Yan and Co-Secretaries Idris Hooper and Fariya Khan conducted the ceremony. Faculty advisors Ed Anderson and Susan Givens and Dean of Students Victor Bibbins Sr. also participated.

Guest speaker Provost Hortense Hinton reflected on the four Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks and encouraged the new members to take a leadership role in addressing global warming and environmental issues. Hinton also asked the new members to consider how they will contribute not only to their local communities, but to the global community in their future roles and endeavors.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters in the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree course work, earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college.

To learn more, contact Givens at or 703-257-6673.

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