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ECC inducts 24 into Phi Theta Kappa honor society

Phi Theta Kappa inductees

Newly-inducted Phi Theta Kappa members are, back row, from left, ECC Professor Joerg Rochlitzer (speaker), Jonathan Luiken, Gared Stockwell, Karen Gregory, Kristen Bailey, Johannes Ben Kockert, and Dr. Lisa Stock (advisor). Front row, from left, Kaleigh Greufe, Michelle Noonan, Tonya Stewart, and Danielle Buseman.

The Alpha Iota Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Ellsworth Community College inducted 24 new members last weekend. Chapter President Amanda Yaw of Altoona conducted the ceremony with the assistance of chapter advisor Dr. Lisa Stock, ECC Dean of Students & Academic Affairs, and PTK member Brenda Barfels.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges. To qualify for membership, students must be in a degree-seeking program with a cumulative 3.25 grade point average, and have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Guest speaker for the induction ceremony was ECC Sociology Professor Joerg Rochlitzer, who talked about the connection between PTK to the American Dream. A native of former Communist East Germany, Rochlitzer told the group he grew up experiencing Third World living conditions comparable to “The Hunger Games,” where there was a daily fight for survival in a brutal and oppressive system that suppressed opportunity and innovation. His generation saw the demolition of the Berlin wall, which opened the door to opportunities and innovations the likes of which East Germans had previously only dreamed of. Rochlitzer encouraged the inductees to live their own American Dreams, seizing any and all opportunities to take risks, innovate and overachieve for the betterment of themselves and their families.

Inductees, listed by hometown, are:

Ackley – Jeremiah Clemons, Liberal Arts; Nolan Clemons, Liberal Arts; and Michelle Noonan, Liberal Arts.

Alden – Jacqueline Kenyon, Liberal Arts.

Blairsburg – Kaleigh Greufe, Elementary Education.

Deloit – Jane Hoffmann, Agriculture.

Denver, CO – Merrill McLaughlin, Equine Management.

Hampton – Vashon Alexander, Engineering; Rebecca Artley, Liberal Arts; and Lilianna Dohlman, Associate Degree Nursing.

Iowa Falls – Taylor Ackerman, Accounting; Kristen Bailey, Liberal Arts; Danielle Buseman, Practical Nursing; Johannes Ben Kockert, Accounting; Lyndsay Madison, Equine Science; Logan Rieks, Criminal Justice; Tonya Stewart, Liberal Arts; and Gared Stockwell, Precision Agriculture.

Los Teques, Venezuela – Albert Ordonez Bustamante, Athletic Training.

Omaha, NE – Max Gavin, Business Administration.

Peosta – Ashlyn Perkins, Liberal Arts.

Steamboat Rock – Julia Cain, Equine Science; and Karen Gregory, Business Administration.

Webster City – Jonathan Luiken, Biotechnology.

Photo Caption – Newly-inducted Phi Theta Kappa members are, back row, from left, ECC Professor Joerg Rochlitzer (speaker), Jonathan Luiken, Gared Stockwell, Karen Gregory, Kristen Bailey, Johannes Ben Kockert, and Dr. Lisa Stock (advisor). Front row, from left, Kaleigh Greufe, Michelle Noonan, Tonya Stewart, and Danielle Buseman.

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