Asnuntuck Community College’s Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society had the distinct honor of being invited to host a live Facebook meeting for the international organization’s PTK Awareness Week in September. The chapter was invited to participate in Wear it Wednesday.
Recognized as the 4th Most Distinguished Chapter at the organization’s last Catalyst Convention, The Facebook live event was moderated by Division 1 International Vice President and Asnuntuck student Victoria Orifice. Joining Orifice were Dr. Michelle Coach, ACC’s Interim CEO who also serves as the New England Regional Coordinator; Assistant Regional Coordinator Thayre Trzapacz; New England Vice President Alicia Mollison and Chapter Advisor Dr. Heather O’rlando. One of the Chapter’s newest members Sarah Martin also joined the conversation by explaining how impactful membership in the organization has been for her, despite the fact most of her membership has taken place while under COVID restrictions.
“I am so very proud that ACC has been recognized as the 4th Most Distinguished Chapter at the organization’s last Catalyst Convention,” said CSCU North-West Regional President Dr. James Lombella. “Additionally, I would like to recognize all of the hard work done by our very own International Vice President and Asnuntuck student Victoria Orifice, along with Dr. Michelle Coach, ACC’s Interim CEO and New England Regional Coordinator; Assistant Regional Coordinator Thayre Trzapacz; New England Vice President Alicia Mollison, and Chapter Advisor Dr. Heather O’rlando. They should be applauded for their dedication by promoting PTK as an opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for their academic achievements,” said President Lombella.
“I have watched the Asnuntuck Community College chapter grow over these last 8 years. We started with one member, we rarely completed PTK programming, and we attended an occasional event,” said Dr. Coach. “That all changed when a small group of our core members said that they wanted ACC to do an award-winning project,” explained the CEO. “Our chapter has grown and earned multiple awards year after year. Our ACC faculty and staff promote PTK membership and engagement because they have seen the difference that it makes for our students,” added Dr. Coach.
Visit Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Facebook page to see a recording of the conversation.
To read more about Victoria’s inspiring story and her experiences with PTK and Asnuntuck, visit Asnuntuck Community College’s Facebook page.