Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Food Drive and regional awards

Thanks so much to all who donated to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Food Drive. We collected $60 for the LLCC Food Pantry, along with 423 items for the First Presbyterian Church Micro-Pantry. Your donations helped us win second place in our Illinois Region food drive competition. The second place prize of $50 will be split between the LLCC Food Pantry and the First Presbyterian Church Micro-Pantry. We are thrilled to be able to provided much-needed support for these two worthy causes. We appreciate the generosity of the LLCC community.

At the Illinois Regional Convention and Honors Institute Awards Ceremony on June 5, our chapter received two regional recognition awards:

  • Outstanding Officer Team – awarded to Julia Kienzler, Megan Jamison, Sara Waller and Hyler Pence for their “above-and-beyond” efforts to keep PTK members active and engaged in 2020, despite obstacles faced due to the pandemic
  • Outstanding Honors in Action Project – for our “Embracing Inclusivity” event held on Zoom on November 23, 2020, to raise awareness of issued faced by LGBTQ youth and raise money for the Phoenix Center

Claire B. Gordon, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Phi Theta Kappa Coordinator

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PTK Food Drive ends at noon today

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Food Drive ends at noon today, June 3. If you would like to donate, you can choose one (or both) of the following.

Donation Types

Monetary donations for the LLCC Food Pantry

You can donate online through the LLCC Foundation by clicking www.llccfoundation.org/donate (click the “Donate Now” button and choose “LLCC Food Pantry” from the drop-down menu).

Item donations for the new First Presbyterian Church Micro-Pantry

This brand-new micro-pantry was built by LLCC Professor Emeritus of Sociology Don Ecklund and was recently featured on the front page of the State-Journal Register. Donation boxes are located near the Information Desk in A. Lincoln Commons and the Student Success office on the first floor of Menard Hall.

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PTK Food Pantries Donation Drive underway

LLCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is asking for your help! They are holding a Food Pantries Donation Drive. Donations will benefit two different organizations:

  • Monetary donations for the LLCC Food Pantry. You can donate online through the LLCC Foundation by clicking llccfoundation.org/donate (click the “Donate Now” button and choose “LLCC Food Pantry” from the drop-down menu.)
  • Item donations for the new First Presbyterian Church Micro-Pantry. This brand-new micro-pantry was built by LLCC Professor Emeritus of Sociology Don Ecklund, and was recently featured on the front page of the State-Journal Register. Donation boxes are located near the Information Desk in A. Lincoln Commons and the LLCC Student Success office on the first floor of Menard Hall. View a list of items needed.

The Food Pantries Donation Drive ends at noon on Thursday, June 3. This food drive is part of a statewide competition among Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout Illinois. The three chapters collecting the most donations will receive a cash prize of up to $100 to donate to their chosen food pantry (if LLCC wins, the money will be split between the LLCC Food Pantry and the First Presbyterian Micro-Pantry.) Please consider making a donation; every dollar or item helps! If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Claire Gordon, PTK coordinator, at 217-768-4944 or claire.gordon@llcc.edu.

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PTK begins Food Pantries Donation Drive today

LLCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is asking for your help! We are holding a Food Pantries Donation Drive. We are asking for your donations to benefit two different organizations:

  • Monetary donations for the LLCC Food Pantry. You can donate online through the LLCC Foundation by clicking llccfoundation.org/donate (click the “Donate Now” button and choose “LLCC Food Pantry” from the drop-down menu.)
  • Item donations for the new First Presbyterian Church Micro-Pantry. This brand-new micro-pantry was built by LLCC Professor Emeritus of Sociology Don Ecklund, and was recently featured on the front page of the State-Journal Register. Donation boxes will be located near the Information Desk in A. Lincoln Commons and the LLCC Student Success office on the first floor of Menard Hall. Items needed include:
    • Peanut butter, jelly, bread
    • Canned tuna and meats
    • Canned soups and stews
    • Boxed pasta and pasta sauces
    • Mac-n-cheese with liquid cheese
    • Cereal
    • Rice
    • Trail mix, peanuts and any other nuts
    • Individual sized chips and crackers
    • Apples, oranges, bananas, grape tomatoes
    • Granola, cereal bars
    • Canned fruits and vegetables, fruit cups
    • Ramon, noodles, pasta
    • Instant mashed potatoes
    • Baked beans, canned chili
    • Prepackaged oatmeal
    • Small servings of raw potatoes
    • P3 protein packs
    • Toilet paper, paper towels
    • Cleaning supplies (sprays or Pine-Sol)
    • Laundry soap, dish soap
    • Shampoo, conditioner, bar soap
    • Bleach
    • Tampons/pads
    • Razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes

The Food Pantries Donation Drive begins today and ends at noon on Thursday, June 3. Also, we are participating in a statewide competition amongst Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout Illinois. The three chapters collecting the most donations will receive a cash prize of up to $100 to donate to their chosen food pantry (if we win, we will split the money between the LLCC Food Pantry and the First Presbyterian Micro-Pantry.) Please consider making a donation; every dollar or item helps! If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Claire Gordon, PTK coordinator, at 217-768-4944 or claire.gordon@llcc.edu.

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Julia Kienzler named Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar

Julia KienzlerLLCC student Julia Kienzler of Williamsville has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She was recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, held virtually April 8-10.

“This is a very prestigious award, and Julia was selected for her academic achievements, leadership and engagement in college and community service,” said Dr. Claire Gordon, LLCC professor of communication and Phi Theta Kappa coordinator. “Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages students’ academic achievement and leadership skill development.”

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

At the PTK Catalyst convention, Kienzler was also one of 10 students to receive the Distinguished Regional Officer Award. She serves as Illinois region central vice president of Phi Theta Kappa. There are approximately 140 regional officers who serve in Phi Theta Kappa’s 29 regions, which span the United States and 11 other countries.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members at colleges across the U.S. Learn more at ptk.org.

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Congratulations to LLCC’s PTK chapter!

LLCC’s achieved REACH Rewards for having a membership acceptance rate of more than 22% for 2020. The chapter’s acceptance rate is much higher than the international average of 15% and the Illinois regional average of 16%.

As a result, the chapter will receive seven free PTK graduation stoles in recognition of this accomplishment. These stoles will be given to the current officer team.

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LLCC PTK chapter achieves Five Star status for eighth consecutive year

Lincoln Land Community College Phi Theta Kappa Society. LLCC.LLCC’s Alpha Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has achieved Five Star Chapter Status for the eighth consecutive year. The LLCC chapter has maintained high levels of activity and member engagement despite the challenges present by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chapter’s Honors in Action service project was a virtual Zoom event to raise awareness of issues faced by LGBTQ youth and solicit donations for the Phoenix Center in Springfield. The College Service Project involved planting over 340 daylilies in the flower beds surrounding the Helen S. Hamilton Outdoor Learning area.

 

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Phi Theta Kappa to host “Embracing Inclusivity” Phoenix Center Fundraiser tonight

LLCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host a virtual Zoom fundraiser for the Phoenix Center tonight at 8 p.m.  Attendees may enter a drawing to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. The program includes presentations by Jacob Deters, student engagement coordinator at LLCC, and Cory Blissett, youth group director for the Phoenix Center. The goals are to increase awareness of issues faced by LGBTQ youth and to support the Phoenix Center through online donations. We hope to see you there!

https://zoom.us/j/91637591708?pwd=ZzNhMC9NMnA4MDhyaGJXamdVRmxWQT09

Meeting ID: 916 3759 1708
Passcode: 137242

PTK service project

LLCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently began a service project for the college. They worked with the LLCC Grounds Crew, planting 42 daylilies that PTK had purchased in the beds surrounding the Helen S. Hamilton Student Learning Area. Volunteer helpers included Dr. Claire Gordon, advisor; Don Ecklund, advisor; Julia Kienzler, PTK chapter president and Illinois regional vice president; and Megan Jamison, PTK chapter secretary.

PTK volunteersPTK studentsLLCC Grounds Crew and PTK students

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Three LLCC students awarded national PTK scholarships

LLCC students Nicole Erwin-Gaynor of Taylorville, Jennifer Haggerty of Chandlerville and Isis Thompson of Springfield are among 207 Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide to be named 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each receive $1,000 scholarships.

“We are proud to have three recipients of this prestigious award in one year,” said Dr. Claire Gordon, LLCC professor of communication and Phi Theta Kappa coordinator. “Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that not only recognizes, but also encourages top academic achievement as well as development of leadership skills.”

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from nearly 700 applicants. Scholars were chosen based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential. Read more.

Nicole Erwin-Gaynor

Nicole Erwin-Gaynor

Jennifer Haggerty

Jennifer Haggerty

Isis Thompson

Isis Thompson

 

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