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ECC inducts 25 into Phi Theta Kappa honor society

Phi Theta Kappa spring induction ceremony

Newly-inducted Phi Theta Kappa members are, front row, from left, Holli Van Wyk, Marina Lindsay, Martika Stewart, Makenna Wolf, Sydney See, and Dr. Lisa Stock (advisor). Second row: Darshan Miller, Jordan Tjarks, Kaisha Schumacher, Melissa Gerken, and Allysa Meyer. Third row: Mette Ehrhardt (far left) and Caitlin Bakker (far right). Back row: Aubri Rochlitzer, Alexander Felger, Mitchell Mims, Marcus Mims, Terry White and Hasitha Nilaweera. Not pictured: Isabell Akers, Olivia Barritt, Geon Hee Cho, Theron Ellis Jr., Lezlie Ihde, Anibal Reinoso and Kentleigh Tym.

The Alpha Iota Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Ellsworth Community College inducted 25 new members over the weekend. Chapter President Gared Stockwell of Iowa Falls conducted the ceremony with the assistance of chapter advisor Dr. Lisa Stock, ECC Dean of Students & Academic Affairs, and PTK member Brenda Barfels. ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer welcomed the honorees and guests, and encouraged the new PTK members to become involved in the organization by taking advantage of leadership, scholarship, and public service opportunities.

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 concept of Reclaiming the American Dream. A native of former Communist East Germany, Rochlitzer told the group he grew up experiencing Third World living conditions that suppressed creativity, initiative, opportunity and innovation. When his generation tore down the Berlin Wall, residents there began to dream and achieve greatness in new and unique ways. Rochlitzer encouraged the PTK 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:

Alden – Jordan Tjarks, Liberal Arts.

Aplington – Lezlie Ihde, Liberal Arts.

Bolingbrook, IL – Marcus Mims, Medicine; and Mitchell Mims, Medicine.

Carlisle – Alexander Felger, Liberal Arts.

Dayton, OH – Theron Ellis Jr., Business Administration.

Greene – Holli Van Wyk, Marketing.

Hampton – Isabell Akers, Liberal Arts; Allysa Meyer, Liberal Arts; Darshan Miller, Social Work.

Hubbard – Kentleigh Tym, Liberal Arts.

Iowa Falls – Mette Ehrhardt, Accounting; Geon Hee Cho, Computer Science; Marina Lindsay, Agribusiness; Hasitha Nilaweera, Engineering; Anibal Reinoso, Liberal Arts; Aubri Rochlitzer, No Major; and Martika Stewart, Liberal Arts.

Lake City, MN – Melissa Gerken, Farm Management.

Marshalltown – Olivia Barritt, Biotechnology.

Monmouth, IL – Terry White, Liberal Arts.

Nevada – Sydney See, Agriculture.

Oelwein – Kaisha Schumacher, Liberal Arts.

Radcliffe – Makenna Wolf, Science & Mathematics.

Wellsburg – Caitlin Bakker, Accounting.

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