OIL CITY, PA- The Clarion University-Venango Campus Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was recognized for achieving Five Star Status, the international organization's highest level of excellence, at the Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Convention held February 12 and 13 in Long Branch, New Jersey. Chapter president Jody Ion said that the honor was the result of the support of the campus and the local community, in addition to the hard work of the membership, and its advisor, Beth Jackson.
Ms. Jackson, assistant professor of mathematics at the campus, was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter Advisor for her ten years of service with the Venango Campus chapter. "Being recognized for my involvement is wonderful," she said, "but the positive impact that the chapter makes is what keeps me involved year after year."
Ms. Jackson, Mr. Ion, and alumni member Patti Shontz delivered a presentation, at the invitation of the conference, on the chapter's "Totes for Tots" project. The project, now in its second year, provides totes full of items that help improve manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and early literacy, encouraging reading and education for life, to children in area Head Start programs. Behind the scenes, the project brings members of the community together, as residents of area nursing homes paint pictures on the totes and scouts assist in filling them. The project began in the Oil City community and expanded this year to include the Franklin Head Start Program, nearly doubling the number of students benefited. The Chapter plans to continue the expansion to other area communities.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society and the largest in American higher education. The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Clarion University-Venango Campus, Alpha Kappa Delta, provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and information, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.+++