June 23, 2009
Harrisburg, PA – The Alpha Nu Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at HACC was honored with a Scholarship Hallmark Award and designation as a Top 100 Chapter at the society’s convention in Grapevine, Texas, April 16-18.
More than 500 chapters competed for the coveted 2009 awards, according to Melissa Jordan, key services manager for Phi Theta Kappa, international honor society for two-year colleges. The Hallmark Awards Program is the society's capstone awards competition annually recognizing excellence in programs that promote the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
Thad Sampson, dean of HACC’s Communications, Arts and Social Sciences Division, is the chapter adviser.  Membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in American higher education, is based solely on academic achievement. Students from all of HACC’s campuses, including Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York, are eligible to be members of Alpha Nu Omega.
Members of the organization must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 and attend orientation and initiation programs. They also must volunteer at least 10 hours of service each year for their college, in their community or for the organization nationally or locally.
Since 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges has recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges, and it is part of the Association of College Honor Societies.
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