Asnuntuck Community College’s Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa hosted more than 100 delegates, from six New England states, at their campus this past weekend as part of the honor society’s annual New England Regional Conference.
The New England Region of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serves 58 college-based chapters located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The society serves students in two-year programs of study.
ACC’s President James P. Lombella, who is a community college graduate, welcomed the students on Friday. The group was treated to a performance from Hypno Lorenzo, who shared interesting background information on hypnotism, before recruiting more than a dozen volunteers from the audience to be hypnotized during an entertaining performance.
Board of Regents President Dr. Gregory Gray spoke to delegates during their Second General Session on Saturday. Students, who attended with advisors from their colleges, were given the opportunity to choose from a selection of seminars for the three break-out sessions that were offered. Students attended sessions on topics ranging from time management, and financial planning for college students, to etiquette, and making the transition from community college to a four year institution. A College Transfer Fair was held as part of the weekend. More than twenty-five colleges participated in the fair.
Elections were held during the conference. Asnuntuck student Tommi DeMichael was elected as Southern Regional Vice President and Asnuntuck student Renee Dupuis was elected Regional Officer-at-Large. Michelle Coach, a Phi Theta Kappa Advisor at ACC, has been appointed the role of New England Regional Coordinator. She will oversee 58 chapters across six states. She was presented with the Horizon Award for Advisors and the ACC chapter was awarded the Two Star Level from Phi Theta Kappa.
Miss CT USA Erin Brady, a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, was the closing speaker. Brady, who earned her degree in finance, with a minor in Criminal Justice, is the first person in her family to earn a college degree.