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Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members at Manassas Campus of NOVA

October 27, 2008

(L to R) Edrise Babee, Idris Hooper, Jill MacDiarmid, Victor Bibbins Sr., Nikhita Karki and Chris Hilldrup participated in the recent induction ceremony for new members of the Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. The honor society chapter is located at the Manassas Campus of NOVA.

The Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently held its fall induction at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. A reception for the new members and their families followed the ceremony.  President Edrise Babee, Vice President Idris Hooper, Treasurer Chris Hilldrup and Secretary Nikhita Karki conducted the ceremony assisted by faculty advisors Ed Anderson and Susan Givens and Dean of Students Victor Bibbins Sr.

Guest speaker Jill MacDiarmid told the members they could use the PTK hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship as a springboard for their future academic and career success. Sharing a quote from Jimmy Dean that says “I can’t change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination,” MacDiarmid reminded the students they would always face challenges and encouraged them to use Dean’s philosophy to adapt to the challenges they encounter. A NOVA graduate and PTK member, MacDiarmid is the testing coordinator for the Manassas Campus Learning Lab.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 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 enrollment.

To learn more, contact Givens at or 703-257-6673. A list of new members follows.

Shawneeta Gault
Cindy Gonzalez
Juanita Lee

Rebecca Duncan
Philip Shapiro

Tiffany Sanford

Kipp Hester

Jeananne Argueta
John Harmon
Jesse Taylor
Christopher Toms

Natalie Kiddie

Dawnielle Carter
Henry Castillo
Dheeraj Jagadev
James Laubach
Jeremy Marcum
Natalie Murray
Deborah Nissley
Nick Penaranda

Manassas Park
Kristen Burnham
Sukhdeep Dhanoya
Marione Guico
Martha Wagner

Jacob Hill

Kelsi Hawkey

Jessica Palomino

Stone Ridge
Wenjun Deng

Samantha Schmidt

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