Alpha Beta Eta Chapter Receives 2014 Hallmark Awards, Top 100 Recognition

Jackson, Mississippi – The Alpha Beta Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Alabama, is being recognized as a Top 100 Chapter, among nearly 1,300 chapters worldwide. The chapter will also receive recognition in the Honors in Action and Honors in Action Theme categories.

An award-winning chapter, Alpha Beta Eta has already received recognition as a Five Star Chapter at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention, NerdNation 2014, which was held at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort in April. Advisor Heather Owen was also recognized as a Continued Excellence Advisor.

The additional recognition comes after a review of the scores revealed an error in the scoring.

Each year, all chapters who participate in the Hallmark Awards Program are given an opportunity to review their scores. This provides transparency in judges’ scoring and serves as a benchmark to improve scores for future entries, explained Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley.

“Upon discovering the error, Phi Theta Kappa staff members conducted a thorough review of scores recorded for all chapters in the 2014 Hallmark Awards program and found no further errors,” Risley said.

Risley applauded the work of the Alpha Beta Eta Chapter and extended congratulations to the chapter and college.

“The Alpha Beta Eta Chapter will receive recognition for their achievement at the upcoming Alabama Regional Meeting, being held this fall,” he said.

The Hallmark Awards Program, which reflects the scholarly ideals of Phi Theta Kappa, serves to recognize superior individual and chapter achievement in Society programs. The awards, based on competitively-judged applications, recognize individuals, chapters and regions for excellence in the Society’s Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship as exemplified through Honors in Action activities.

The Honors in Action Theme Award recognizes chapters whose Honors in Action Project Award entries scored highest in each of the 10 themes related to the 2012/2013 Honors Study Topic, “The Culture of Competition.” The Alpha Beta Eta Chapter won a theme award in the category “Competition and the Arts.”

The Honors in Action Project Award recognizes the top chapters whose Honors in Action Project entries demonstrated excellence in academic research into the Honors Study Topic, leadership roles and leadership development activities, service learning and collaboration.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.

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