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Motlow PTK Chapter Honored at National Level

September 3, 2021

Graduating PTK officers who were responsible for Motlow winning the College Project this year. Left to right: Madelyn Wood, Deitra Dunlap, and former PTK President Rebekah Randell.The Alpha Xi Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society at Motlow State Community College is featured in PTK’s inaugural edition of Change Makers: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Student Leadership. The project, known as ‘Hearing the Voices of our Students,’ was awarded first place in the region and received the international Hallmark award in the Spring of 2021.

“We are proud of the impactful project represented by Alpha Xi Pi’s entry and look forward to sharing it through Change Makers with the community college world,” said Johannah Williams, associate vice president of STEM and Workforce Programs for PTK. “It inspires us and highlights the exceptional work done by PTK members, especially during a year when challenges and difficulties have been prominent.”

This project was selected from among 429 entries to be included as one of 16 articles. The journal will be available in hard copy and online.

The Motlow chapter’s project allows PTK members to partner with college administrators toward an institutional initiative. Three years ago, Alpha Xi Pi partnered with Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence to develop a strategic plan to increase input from the student body into the College’s Achieve the Dream initiative to improve student engagement and more equitable practices.

“The project involved a multi-campus effort to collect data pertaining to student needs from the student body for two years, which was then relayed to the executive team,” said Gregg Garrison, Tennessee Regional Coordinator for PTK and associate professor of biology at Motlow State.

The purpose of the College Project is to establish a supportive relationship between the chapter and Motlow administration.

“Over the history of Motlow’s PTK Chapter, it has had amazing student officers and members who have taken the reigns of leadership and produced quality projects to benefit the College, community, and society,” added Garrison. “We strive to get better each year. We are very honored to be selected to have our project featured in Change Makers.”

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