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by Marie D. York, Director of Health Education Institute

The Honors Program and the Division of Sciences, Mathematics, and Health Technology
Team Up to bring the Honors Study Topic to the College

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, providing opportunities for development in Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.  Phi Theta Kappa is supported by the Honors Program at the college, and its advisors are Professors Esther Hanson and Melinda Frederick.  Under the leadership of the Honors Program, PTK's campus chapter, Tau Pi, and Dr. Patricia Cunniff, dean of Sciences, Mathematics, and Health Technology, the Honors Study Topic was brought to the college via satellite seminar teleconference.  The seminars were broadcast from Jackson, Mississippi, where a local audience as well as a national satellite audience, including Prince George’s Community College, interacted with the speakers.

The attendance for this series was unprecedented.  Over 150 students, faculty, and staff participated in the five-part series.  Each seminar was hosted with food, beverages, and appropriate topic information by faculty from the Honors Program or the Sciences, Mathematics, and Health Technology Division.  It was a tremendous opportunity bringing students, staff, and faculty together to socialize and form an interested interdisciplinary community aimed at discussing vital issues surrounding health and health choices.

The series has been videotaped and will be broadcast on the college’s cable station in early spring.  In addition, copies will be available in the library for classroom use.  The five seminar topics were presented by nationally known experts in their respective fields and included: The Genetic Dimensions to Health, How Lifestyle Choices Impact Human Health, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Environmental Dimensions of Health, and The Mind Body Connection.

"Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze" is the focus of the concentrated honors studies of Phi Theta Kappa for two years.  This first year has been directed toward the dimensions that define and identify what is meant by "health"; the second year is devoted to formulating directions to guide us through the labyrinth of choices.  In fall 2003, the college will join Phi Theta Kappa in bringing the next part of the series to the college community.  The Honors Study Series was supported in part by grants awarded to the Health Education Institute from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Prince George’s County Health Department.

To obtain a taped copy for classroom use or for further information, contact Dr. Melinda Frederick at or at 301/322-0433.


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 18, No. 2

Spring 2003