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Iowa Valley Grinnell Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members

Iowa Valley Grinnell Spring PTK Induction

Iowa Valley Grinnell’s Spring 2018 Phi Theta Kappa inductees are, front row from left, Isaiah Bender, Whitney Wilcox, Jolisa Ditzler, Kayla Faas, Alyssa Jack, Ashley Miller, and IVG Dean MaryAnne Nickle. Back row, from left, Jeff Henderson, Bailee Kriegel, Somer McAlister, Hillary Jones, Jennifer McAlexander, and Dalton Alexander. Grant Battreall is not pictured.

Thirteen (13) Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell students were inducted into the Beta Sigma Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society last night.

The new PTK inductees are, by hometown:

  • Brooklyn – Dalton Alexander and Kayla Faas.
  • Grinnell – Jolisa Ditzler, Jeff Henderson, Hillary Jones, Bailee Kriegel, Jennifer McAlexander, and Whitney Wilcox.
  • Montezuma – Grant Battreall and Isaiah Bender.
  • Newton – Somer McAlister.
  • Solomon, KS – Ashley Miller.
  • Woodward – Alyssa Jack.

The guest speaker was Gunnar Bucklin, IVG alum and soon-to-be graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. Bucklin shared his personal story and how the Phi Theta Kappa organization helped him grow as a person and as a student. He said he truly started to enjoy college only after becoming a PTK member, which got him involved in campus activities and helping fellow students. In addition, the PTK organization continues to support him beyond Iowa Valley Grinnell with leadership skill development and financial assistance through scholarships.

“Little do you know how much PTK will impact you, help you, and change your lives,” Bucklin told the inductees. “Everything is possible if you work hard enough for it!”

Bucklin plans to enroll next fall in graduate studies through the University of South Dakota.

MaryAnne Nickle, Dean of Iowa Valley Grinnell, administered the oath of membership. Current Beta Sigma Chi members Kayte Werner, Lisa Hollopeter, Lauren Montgomery and Hailey Anderson and PTK Advisor Barbara Hall welcomed the new inductees.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,275 chapters on college campuses. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918. Phi Theta Kappa is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society of two-year colleges.

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