Three alumni have been appointed to serve on the Alumni Advisory Council (AAC), and alumni will elect one more at NerdNation 2016.
Kenneth Ruemke, Feifei Zeng and Lindsay Moore have been appointed to serve two-year terms on the AAC. They join Kevin Braden, Sara Oswald and Jeffrey Romeu on the council and will act as liaisons between alumni, alumni associations and Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters.
“It is truly an honor to have this opportunity to continue to work with alumni and Headquarters staff as part of the council,” Ruemke said. “I continue to stay involved with Phi Theta Kappa as an alumnus because of the experiences and growth that I received as a member. I want to make sure that the generations of students that are joining now and in the future have these same experiences if not more.”
Ruemke, an alumnus of the Alpha Alpha Rho Chapter at Lone Star College-North Harris in Texas, was first elected to the AAC in 2009. He served a one-year term and was then reappointed to the council in 2012. In 2013, he was named AAC co-chair, and his term was set to expire in 2016.
Ruemke was also honored at NerdNation 2015 as the recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award.
Zeng was a member of the Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter at Carl Albert State College in Oklahoma, where she served as chapter president. She is now attending Mississippi State University.
“I am really excited to bring my experience as a first-generation, transfer and international student to the Phi Theta Kappa community,” she said. “Phi Theta Kappa empowered me to reach out for opportunities and gave me the opportunity to serve and to lead.”
Moore was a member of the Beta Zeta Nu Chapter at Cañada College in California. She was the International Vice President for Division IV in 2005-2006. After earning degrees from Cambridge University, Harvard and Williams College, she now works as a Performance System Analyst in the Colorado governor’s office.
“Phi Theta Kappa was an integral part of my community college experience, so continuing to be involved as an alumni is just one way I can give back to the Society,” she said. “I believe a strong alumni network can provide support and institutional knowledge to current students, can champion Phi Theta Kappa’s and the Foundation’s mission and programs, and can provide academic and professional development for thousands of alumni long after we’ve left community college.”
AAC co-chair Barbara Wolf Ebert will rotate off the council this year. Because the AAC is a seven-member council, an election will be held during NerdNation 2016 to fill her seat. Listed below are the six candidates with their chapter and college names:
- Carlos Acevedo, Mu Epsilon, Miami Dade College, Florida
- Ebonee Carpenter, Alpha Lambda Alpha, Hillsborough Community College, Florida
- Heather Clippinger, Alpha Nu Lambda, Clark State Community College, Ohio
- Julie Gore, Beta Theta Xi, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa
- Courtney Rice, Alpha Delta Mu, Atlantic Cape Community College, New Jersey
- Jessica Supinski, Alpha Lambda Nu, Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Alumni — learn more about the exciting opportunities available to you during NerdNation 2016, including the annual Alumni Business Meeting, the Alumni Social and Educational Forums exclusively for you! Register today!