MCC Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members
Thirty-four new members were inducted into Marshalltown Community College’s Alpha Iota Rho Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the two-year college on April 8.
The Phi Theta Kappa organization recognizes academic achievement at the community college level. The MCC Chapter requires members to have completed at least 12 semester hours in a two-year degree program, be currently enrolled, attended the previous semester, and have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Dr. Chris Russell, Dean of Students and Academic Affairs, welcomed guests and congratulated students for their accomplishments on behalf of the MCC administration. Dr. Russell then introduced the night’s special guest, Matt Bandstra, MCC Biology instructor and Faculty Senate President.
Bandstra graduated from Central College with a degree in elementary education, but then switched gears and went on to start his own chiropractic practice for seven years. “I enjoyed helping people, but my heart was truly in education,” said Bandstra. His message to the inductees was to always follow your passion. He noted that “College isn’t the destination. It’s just a layover. There are many layovers in life until you find your destination at your dream job.” Bandstra left the inductees with one last quote, “Enjoy the journey. Life goes by way too fast, so remember to smile while you still have teeth.”
Chapter President Lindsey Yanecek conducted the ceremony with the assistance of chapter advisors Pele Waddilove, PJ Colbert and Renaie Hutzel. Waddilove, Colbert and Hutzel met and congratulated each inductee on stage as they signed their name, received their PTK sash and lit their candle. Students who accepted membership were acknowledged at the spring induction ceremony on April 8. Inductees, listed by hometown, are:
Albion – Brittany Coltrain, Business.
Beaman – Danielle Montgomery, Education/Teaching. Angel Siefken, Liberal Arts;
Carroll – Steven Dreesman, Psychology.
Conrad – Janie Ferneau, Pre-nursing.
Eldora – John Stanish, Journalism/Broadcasting.
Gilman – Jamison Brus, Liberal Arts; Jamie Dolezal, Gilman; Julie Hotchkin, Gilman.
LeGrand – Samantha Wyatt, Sociology.
Marshalltown – Amy Birkenholtz, Pre-nursing; Austin Case, Marketing; Samantha Earley, Mathematics; Angela French, Pre-nursing; Morgan Gardalen, Education/Teaching; Anthony Harris, Computer Science; Olivia Hawkins, Liberal Arts; Tina Hernandez, Pre-nursing; Michele Janes, Liberal Arts; Katelyn Kunkel, Liberal Arts; Karly Long, Liberal Arts; William Okpi, Information Technology; Taryn Plunkett, Accounting; Andrew Potter, Pharmacy; Lynnette Remster, Pre-nursing; Antony Smith, Liberal Arts; Mi Rae Um, Business; Shane Wignall, Computer Sciences.
Melbourne – Kelsey Stringer, Practical Nursing.
Montour – Jared Davenport, Liberal Arts.
Pella – Haley Norman, Liberal Arts.
State Center – McKenna Hotopp, Practical Nursing; Dominique Ward, Liberal Arts.
Toledo – Natasha Musgrave, Liberal Arts.
PHOTO 1: Spring 2014 Marshalltown Community College Phi Theta Kappa Inductees. Shown left to right, front row: Samantha Wyatt, Danielle Montgomery, Natasha Musgrave, Austin Case, Karly Long, Jared Davenport, John Stanish, Lindsey Yanecek (chapter president), Matt Bandstra (Faculty Senate President), Chris Russell (Dean of Students and Academic Affairs).
Middle: Amy Birkenholtz, Jamison Brus, Brittany Coltrain, Janie Ferneau, Angela French, Shane Wignall, Anthony Harris, Olivia Hawkins, William Okpi, Katelyn Kunkel, Pele Waddilove ( chapter advisor).
Back row: Jamie Dolezal, Morgan Gardalen, Dominique Ward, Julie Hotchkin, Lynnette Remster, Tina Hernandez, Haley Norman, Michele Janes, Kelsey Stringer, Mi Rae Um.
PHOTO 2: Chapter Advisor Pele Waddilove congratulates Austin Case of Marshalltown as he was inducted into PTK on Tuesday.