The Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College has won several prestigious awards.
Brittany Shearer of Manassas received the PTK Alumni Award of Appreciation, given to alumni who have helped to enhance engagement in PTK programs and led fellow alumni in supporting chapter goals. Shearer is one of just 34 Alumni Award winners nationwide and the only winner from Virginia. She will be honored at this year’s PTK International Convention in Orlando, Fla. After graduating from NOVA, Shearer transferred to the University of Virginia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in government. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education at Old Dominion University.
Diana Guerrero Noblecilla of Manassas Park received the Regional Officer Award in recognition of her service and for exhibiting the best in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship through her participation in PTK programs. She serves as the president of the chapter.
For the third year in a row, Alpha Iota Zeta earned the Five Star Chapter ranking. PTK chapters have five levels of engagement that advance from local campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. The Five Star ranking requires an immense amount of time, hard work and dedication on the part of chapter officers and faculty advisors.
The chapter also earned the Distinguished Chapter Award. To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project Award and the College Project Award. The top 10 percent of chapters submitting award entries in both categories are recognized as Distinguished Chapters.
The chapter earned the Honors in Action Distinguished Theme Award for their work with Theme 8: Making the Grade. In addition, out of 47 chapters in the Virginia/West Virginia region, Alpha Iota Zeta placed fifth in the Honors in Action Essay competition.
The awards were presented during the PTK regional convention held at the beginning of March. Professors Lorraine Goldberg, Rizza Hansen and Maryellen Ryan serve as faculty advisors for the NOVA-Manassas chapter.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in 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 135,000 students inducted annually.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.