Alpha Omicron ranked 5th Phi Theta Kappa chapter at international convention

Jul 17, 2013 by

Alpha Omicron, the TJC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, received an overall ranking of 5th in the world during the honor society’s recent 95th International Convention in San Jose, Calif.

The chapter also received numerous other awards. Alpha Omicron was ranked fifth by virtue of its selection as fourth finalist for 2013 Most Distinguished Chapter.

A total of 1,904 chapter entries were received for the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa International Hallmark Awards. These awards, based on judged applications, recognize individuals, chapters and regions for excellence in the Society’s Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship as exemplified through Honors in Action activities.

Alpha Omicron’s Windsor Grove Restoration Project, an effort chaired by chapter officer Kyle McDougal, scored the highest in that service category. It also won a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award for “excellence in academic research, leadership roles, leadership development, service learning and collaboration.”

TJC’s Alpha Omicron was also recognized as an International Distinguished Chapter, which is bestowed only to the top 10 percent of chapters worldwide.

Advisor Gigi Delk was honored with a Continued Excellence Award for Advisors. Advisors Shannon Cross and Felecia Neely-Morris received Horizon Awards for advisors at the regional level.

“Any of the 1,300 Phi Theta Kappa chapters worldwide would be thrilled to win even one International Hallmark Award,” Delk said. “It is quite an honor to return to Tyler with five.”

TJC alumna, former Apache Belle and chapter advisor Judy Turman received one of the first International Alumni Awards of Appreciation, in recognition for her exemplary support for Phi Theta Kappa.

The chapter’s college project, featuring an on-campus visit by former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams, was one of only two Texas chapter projects featured in the Idea Network, a live presentation area in the convention center where successful chapters shared project details with convention attendees.

Officers Renee Stephens, Kyle McDougal, Jesus Espinoza and Melissa Ellis were nominated as Distinguished Chapter officers and recognized at the regional level. Ellis, Espinoza, Brianna Tucker, and Taylor Griffin were also named to the All-Texas Academic Team.

Alpha Omicron was also identified as a Five-Star chapter, the highest chapter ranking. Five-Star status was bestowed on 36 of the 88 Texas chapters for 2013.

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Academics, News, On Campus, Spring 2013

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Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at