The Blinn College – Bryan campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 82 students Sunday in an afternoon ceremony in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room in the College’s Student Center.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Founded in 1918, PTK promotes scholarship, leadership service and fellowship among its members. To be accepted into the program, students must carry at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) with at least 12 transferable hours. Blinn’s Alpha Phi Lambda chapter currently has more than 120 members.
“This is an excellent organization with programs to enhance students’ ability to conduct research, think critically and become active members in their community,” said Drew Denman, PTK advisor of nine years. “I’ve seen PTK transform lives. We’ve had members who weren’t sure about their educational paths who have gone on to earn graduate and doctoral degrees. PTK is a great representation of the Blinn College name, which we have taken all over the nation with students who have held regional offices and campaigned for national office.”
Inductees include: Sloane Ansell, Alexandra Ansley, Sara Baker, Rock Bean, Erin Berger, Devyn Brown, Shelby Caldwell, Christian Canion, Nicole Clark, Lauren-Elysse Coffey, Courtney Colley, Serena Concepcion, Kiersten Conner, Haley Conrad, Alexa Cothran, Mckenzie Creek, Margaret Dotson, Matthew Duval, Christopher Emler, Hannah Farag, Ryan Fischler, Colin Fuchigami, Kirsti Funari, Erica George, Garrison Goessler, Melissa Green, Brett Griffith, Amanda Hammond, Cory Harrison, Joseph Hartman, Georges Haskour, Bailey Hodde, Katherine Holland, Van Huynh, Sarah Jacobson, Seohee Jeong, Kevin Johnson, Katherine Klassen, Michael Kruger, Shaun Kurian, Luke Lanzetta, Lindi Lawson, Lucas Lemons, Courtney Linebaugh, Janice Lowery, Clarissa Martinez, Alexandra McBride, Bryan McLaughlin, Sebastian Melgar Diaz-Matta, Morgan Mihovil, Chris Molak, Stephanie Mozey, Cathryn Myres, Brandon Neubauer, Branden Nguyen, Allison Oswald, Jason Pettegrow, Trenton Pokorny, Jonathan Prieto, Tao Qin, Amber Rauhut, Coleman Rayburn, Andrew Reitinger, Oscar Reyes, Leah Richmond, Kagraman Rzayev, Jessie Sanchez, Christian Sandlin, Ashley Seidenberger, Seung Sheen, Garrett Shepherd, Joshua Smith, Sabah Sohail, Augustine Solis, Amber Stevens, Heather Stevens, Brian Suson, Leah Vance, Robert Ward, Raylee Wilkes, Euntaek Yoon and Shumila Zaidi.
Blinn’s academic transfer rate is the highest in the nation and more than 20 percent higher than the state average. Its Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) Program, a unique co-enrollment program that allows hundreds of additional students to qualify for Texas A&M’s freshman class each year, recently received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s “Recognition of Excellence.”
The College was also named one of the top community colleges in the state by Schools.com for its positive impact on the Texas economy, and AffordableCollegesOnline.org recently listed Blinn among the most affordable large community colleges in the nation.
Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.