OCC’s student honor society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), was honored as one the top 100 chapters out of 1,200 chapters both nationally and internationally. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members. Its co-curricular programs focus upon the Society’s Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.
Onondaga’s PTK chapter, Alpha Zigma Zeta, was singled out because of its students’ efforts in action projects. Its “Chopped” event was a cooking competition and raffle that raised $700 for the Central New York Food Bank, as well as raising awareness about food scarcity.
The members of Alpha Zigma Zeta also showed an outstanding commitment to volunteerism:
- Organized “Paige’s Pajamarama,” an on-campus fundraiser for pediatric cancer. Students wore pajamas around campus for a week in exchange for pledge money from generous donors. Students raised nearly $700. The money was donated to the cancer ward at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
- Assisted at the American Heart Association’s Heart Run on the OCC campus.
- Helped with Special Olympics, making posters and cheering on athletes.
- Volunteered at the annual National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walk, a fundraiser for community members battling eating disorders.
- Helped set up, run, and clean up the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk fundraiser. The event was organized by Walk MS which helps nearly 13,000 people in our community living with MS.
“The dedication and spirit of volunteerism our students showed was remarkable. They can truly say they made our community a better place to live,” said Annie Tuttle, an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chapter Advisor for PTK at OCC.
Greg Guevara, a General Studies major from Weedsport, will start the 2014-15 academic year as president of OCC’s PTK chapter. He has high goals for himself and his fellow members. “We want to continue our momentum and show the community it can depend on us to help with volunteerism and fundraising. We want organizations to automatically think of us when they are looking for assistance.”