Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony

OCC student honor society Phi Theta Kappa held its fall induction ceremony November 3 in Storer Auditorium. The College’s chapter, Alpha Sigma Zeta, inducted 135 new members. Students selected must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment at OCC.

Alumnus John Dau, ’05 was the guest speaker. Dau is a former “Lost Boy” who was forced from his home in the South Sudan and spent five years in refugee camps before immigrating to the United States and settling in Syracuse. Dau graduated from OCC and Syracuse University. He is president of both the John Dau Foundation and the South Sudan Institute. His foundation raised enough money to build a medical clinic in South Sudan, bringing services to people who previously did not have access to them.

In April Dau received the American Association of Community Colleges 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award. He was one of only six recipients in the nation. During the PTK induction ceremony Dau was named an honorary inductee of the organization.

PTK's Student Leadership Team and Advisors pose for a photo after the induction ceremony. Front row (left to right): Jonathan Clark, PTK VP for Leadership; Cathleen McColgin, OCC Provost; John Dau, '05, honorary PTK member; Casey Crabill, OCC President; Gregory Guevara, PTK President. Back row (left to right): Stephanie Putnam, PTK Advisor; Annie Tuttle, Faculty Advisor;  Marlia Douglas, PTK VP for Scholarship; Alena Cerro, PTK VP for Public Relations; Melissa Siravolo, PTK VP for Service; Jerry Farnett, Advisor; Jackie Barstow, Coordinator; Maria Malagisi, Advisor.

PTK’s Student Leadership Team and Advisors pose for a photo after the induction ceremony. Front row (left to right): Jonathan Clark, PTK VP for Leadership; Cathleen McColgin, OCC Provost; John Dau, ’05, honorary PTK member; Casey Crabill, OCC President; Gregory Guevara, PTK President. Back row (left to right): Stephanie Putnam, PTK Advisor; Annie Tuttle, Faculty Advisor; Marlia Douglas, PTK VP for Scholarship; Alena Cerro, PTK VP for Public Relations; Melissa Siravolo, PTK VP for Service; Jerry Farnett, Advisor; Jackie Barstow, Coordinator; Maria Malagisi, Advisor.

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