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Harford’s Rho Beta Chapter of PTK Recognized for Outstanding Growth

23 March 2022

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), the International Honor Society of two-year colleges, is recognizing Harford Community College’s Rho Beta Chapter and others for their efforts to bring the life-changing benefits and opportunities of PTK membership to even more students on their campuses in 2021.

PTK designed a rewards program for chapters focused on Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors (REACH Rewards). The REACH Rewards program encourages membership by rewarding chapters that achieve or exceed 15 percent for their membership acceptance rate. Harford’s chapter is one of the REACH chapters that will be rewarded with free graduation stoles for their members.

Jennie Towner, Associate Vice President for Student Development & Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Jennifer Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, serve as PTK advisors at Harford.

“As the pandemic lingered in 2021, celebrating student success became more important than ever,” PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “PTK membership creates higher self-efficacy, fosters a sense of belonging, and provides a supportive community for learning and self-expression. Our work leads to increased student engagement which is what causes higher rates of student success. I am so proud of our Reach Chapters—they worked exceptionally hard to create spaces where students could connect and support one another—even amid a global pandemic.”

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. To qualify for membership, students must earn at least 12 credits at Harford Community College and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50. PTK members are recognized at the College’s annual Commencement ceremony.

The Rho Beta chapter, which was founded in 1967, is Harford Community College’s oldest honor society.