Earlier this month the Quinsigamond Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa welcomed new members at its annual induction ceremony.
This is the largest induction in the history of the chapter, with 188 new members being welcomed. The QCC chapter of the honor society has 488 active members.
Faculty advisor Bonnie Coleman said the chapter has worked hard the past few years to become more active, not only with different community projects but new members. At the recent international convention, the chapter was named one of the Top 50 Chapters.
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Membership is by invitation only, to be invited the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 with 16 college credits earned at Quinsigamond Community College. Invitations are sent out in the Fall and Spring semesters.
The chapter has been working on the Live & Learn Greenhouse Project on the QCC campus. Ms. Coleman said construction will be underway this spring, and they hope to have the greenhouse up and running in May, depending on the weather.
A $16,500 grant will partially fund the greenhouse, where students will grow vegetables and plants. Ms. Coleman said they plan to start with herbs, cucumbers and tomatoes and then add new items each season. There also will be a “Plant A Seed’ project with the Early Childhood Education program, where children can come in to plant a seed and watch it grow.