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September 19, 2018

Hannah West Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society


UTICA, NY – Mohawk Valley Community College inducted Hannah West into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

West is one of 127 new members added to the Lambda Beta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society based on academic accomplishments this past semester.

MVCC’s Lambda Beta Chapter is rated Five Stars by Phi Theta Kappa, the highest honor bestowed upon a chapter.

West is from Mexico majoring in General Studies at Mohawk Valley Community College.

This is the 54th Anniversary for the Lambda Beta Chapter at MVCC, which was started in 1960 with the induction of 24 students when the College was known as the Mohawk Valley Technical Institute.

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society which serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students while providing opportunities for individual growth and development through academic, leadership, and service programming.

It is the largest honor society in American higher education, having been established in 1918 by two Missouri two-year college presidents.

According to the 1961 MVCC yearbook, “Phi Theta Kappa is a scholarly fellowship which embraces junior colleges not only of New York State but of the nation.

The purpose of this non-secretive fraternity is to foster a spirit of devotion to study and to scholarly ideals among its members.

The principles of Phi Theta Kappa are embodied in the Greek letters which stand for phronimon, thuermos, kathariotes (wisdom, aspiration, purity).”

Phi Theta Kappa continues to promote Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship and Service, while becoming the largest honor society in higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, and the Republic of Palau.

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