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by Natalie Webb
(Assistant Honors Coordinator for Marketing & Recruitment)

Each semester, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and 15 general education credits or more are invited to apply for admission into Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). This international honors society recognizes the academic achievement of students at two-year colleges. On Friday, December 3, 2004, eighty students were inducted into Tau Pi, PGCC’s chapter of PTK. Of the approximate 360 current Tau Pi members, 120 are in the Honors Program.


For the second time, Tau Pi received the Pinnacle Gold Chapter Scholarship Award. This award recognizes Phi Theta Kappa chapters for successfully increasing their membership acceptance rate by 10 percent for three consecutive years. Along with the award, Tau Pi received a $100 stipend, which is to be used for chapter scholarships, and will be presented on April 28, 2005, during the Student Honors Convocation and PTK Induction ceremonies.


The Tau Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will also be recognized in April at the Phi Theta Kappa international convention, when PTK Tau Pi alumnus, Michael Weiss, will be honored with the “2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award.”  Weiss, an Olympic bronze medal skater and two-time World Figure Skating Champion, will receive the award.  Tau Pi co-advisor and assistant Honors coordinator, Lindsey A. Dodson, will represent the college when Weiss receives his award. 

On-Campus Activities

Phi Theta Kappa’s guiding principles are scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Tau Pi is very active on the college campus. This past fall, PTK co-sponsored several very successful events, including a Voter Registration Drive with the Honors Society and Student Governance Board and a five-part film series on Popular Culture with the Division of Liberal Arts and Humanities Collegian Center.

Student Awards and Scholarships

Left to right: Anson Knausenberger and Michele Burton

Anson Knausenberger, PTK president, and Michele Burton, PTK member, were selected to represent Prince George’s Community College as the college’s nominees for the All USA Academic Team. These two Honors Academy students were among a very few around the nation to be chosen for this honor. The All-USA Academic Team program annually recognizes 60 outstanding two-year college students. Selection is based on academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement.

Left to right:  Melinda Frederick, coordinator, of the Honors Program/Honors Academy;
Regina Smith and Jerome Julius, Nota Bene Nominees

Nota Bene, Latin for "note well," Phi Theta Kappa's honors anthology, recognizes outstanding writing of Phi Theta Kappa members. Not only does Nota Bene offer PTK members the opportunity to be published, it also rewards the five most outstanding authors with scholarships, including four $500 Reynolds Scholarships and one $1,000 Citation Scholarship. PTK members Regina Smith and Jerome Julius were recognized at the December 3, 2004, PTK induction for their writing submissions to the 2004-2005 Nota Bene. In 2002, PGCC Honors Program student Elizabeth Engognio had her work featured in Nota Bene, and was also awarded $500.00 by PTK national headquarters for her writing.

In April 2005, the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Foundation will award approximately 25 scholarships to outstanding students transferring to four-year colleges and universities in fall 2005. The process is highly competitive, with over a 1,000 candidates applying annually. One of our former students and PTK alumnus, Ronald Crouch, received a $30,000.00 scholarship to attend George Washington University in the fall 2002. Crouch, who also was named a Truman Scholar, received Jack Kent Cooke's Graduate Scholarship to enter a Ph.D. program in psychology at DePaul University this past fall 2004.

In order to be considered for an award, students must be nominated by their institution. Prince George's Community College’s screening committee selected Michele Burton in January 2005 for nomination for the community college transfer scholarship funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Michele plans to study history/public policy and pursue a degree in law.

The deadline for the spring 2005 PTK Induction is March 15. Please encourage your academically talented students to apply. For further information, contact PTK co-advisors Lindsey A. Dodson and Melinda J. Frederick by e-mail at



The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 20, No. 2 

Spring 2005