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Phi Thetta Kappa induction ceremony

A select few students were inducted into Phi Thetta Kappa on Sept. 21, at the New Mexico State University in Grants. Phi Thetta Kappa is an honor society whose mission is to recognize and encourage scholarship among twoyear college students.

“This induction ceremony is truly a special event,” said Dr. Joan Erben, the program manager and advisor for PTK, “because attaining and maintaining, with the emphasis on maintaining, the academic status to be a Crimson Scholar and to be invited to join PTK, is not easy. Achieving excellence requires discipline, tenacity, sacrifice and focus. It requires others to support you too, right? To encourage you and lift you up during those strenuous times … Why is this so special? It’s because when we have students who are serious about their scholarship, who are motivated, who have goals, it lifts everyone up here. I know, as a professor, how the presence of excellent students … improves the vibes at the college, nurturing a heightened sense of inquiry and motivation. This idea of ‘I can do this too’ is what they bring to our classes, in an atmosphere where so many people have been taught to believe that they might not be able to achieve some of these goals … So the standards for NMSU, for excellence and getting into PTK, are high … PTK supports the community college mission. To support and enhance the mission … Here at the college, students have opportunities for scholarships that they might not otherwise have and we do that by this community that we built of excellence.”


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