It’s all Greek to me! Phi Theta Kappa at JCC

New PTK inductees

New PTK inductees! From left to right: Katie Ludemann, Cole Garifi, Olivia Ames, and Kat Carr.

The origin of sororities and fraternities, according to Wikipedia (the most trusted source on the web), was that they were groups that met in secrecy to discuss ideas or political issues that the college they were attending didn’t approve of. When I think of a sorority, I think of a scene out of Legally Blonde: The Musical–screaming girls obsessed with their looks, boys, and social status. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society here on campus isn’t your typical sorority. PTK is actually an honor sorority, meaning that students have to meet certain academic requirements in order to become a member.

The Birth of Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa was originally Kappa Phi Omicron at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. As the club grew, it officially recognized outstanding students at community colleges and was named Phi Theta Kappa in 1918. Today PTK has over 2 million members internationally. Members enjoy the benefits of transfer scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and are a part of a network of some of the best students in the world.


JCC belongs to the Alpha Kappa Beta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa organization. With a 3.5 GPA and recommendations from two professors, you can be considered for admittance. Once you’ve been inducted, you are invited to attend the monthly meetings where they discuss volunteer projects and plan for the next induction ceremony.

The current president of the Alpha Kappa Beta chapter addresses the new inductees.

This year inductions were held last Saturday, February 23, and over 80 students were inducted. Dr. Terry Schultz, (Class of 1970), was guest speaker and shared his experiences at JCC. President DeCinque was given an honorary membership and inducted into the Alpha Kappa Beta chapter after serving as president of JCC for 19 years.

If you have more questions about Phi Theta Kappa feel free to email Catherine Iannello or Renee Funke. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa please visit their website at

About the author

Kate Ewer

Hi, my name is Kate and I’m currently a sophomore student at Jamestown Community College. I work on campus answering phones at the switchboard and also help out in the President’s Office. I love to sing and have participated in choir and vocal jazz here on campus. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and spending time on my family’s farm with my goats.