April 30, 2018

April 17, 2018, Sterling, CO– Northeastern Junior College’s (NJC) Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, held its annual induction ceremony welcoming 84 new members into the prestigious two-year college international honor society.  The induction ceremony and banquet took place in the Hays Student Center Ballroom on Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Guests included inductee family members, honored faculty, and senior administration.

Keynote speaker for the evening was Jesseb Adam, Instructional Designer and Active Learning Specialist at NJC. Jesseb is a student at heart and a teacher by training. He shared a well-received inspirational message to the inductees about “Preparing for Their Futures”.

PTK Inductees

Pictured left to right. Front row: Abigail Davidson, Kelli Carlson-CAB Representative, Jordyn Holmes-Secretary, Kaitlin Wagner-President, Carlie Rosa-Social Media Representative, Ashley, Colchin-Vice President, Joe Griswinski-Treasurer, Houston Clevenger, Noah Lemily. Middle Row: Carolyn Cole, Caylee Hood, Emory Underwood, Brynn Abernathy, Cassidy Paxton, Shannon Ragan, Samantha Lopez, Kaitlyn Anderson, Tashika Burrell, Karma Contreras, Modesta Everett, Jordan Matthews, Josi Kurtzer, Alyssa Lorenzini, Katlyn Buss. Back Row: Elijah Patten, Chandler Ritchey, Luke Weimer, Rachael Northup, Nathan Van Deel, Max Sorensen, Kayla Smithgall, Jessica Williams, Christina Gerken, Shayla Griffin, James Saylor, Kennedi Fulwylie, Gunner McEntee,  Callie Dickerson, Nicholas Edie, Dylan Long, Cody Burghart, Jared Foss, Brett Mattson

Jesseb’s address focused on what steps each student took to get to this moment in their academic career at NJC. “Who are you preparing yourself to be?” he asked. It doesn’t matter what titles you receive or hold, it is who you are that matters.” Preparing yourself to be the best person you can be academically, professionally and foremost personally, should be your motivation.

Following the keynote, new inductees were called forward to sign their names in the chapter register, light their own flame of knowledge, and pledge their commitment to the ideals of Phi Theta Kappa.

The NJC Zeta Theta Chapter members gain valuable leadership skills through volunteering for non-profit organizations throughout the academic year. Linda Merkl, Director of Business Programs, and Ronda Monheiser, Professor of Business and Economics, serve as the PTK advisors to provide guidance to the students to grow scholars and leaders. 

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide 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.  Inductees must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at NJC with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. As students transfer on to colleges and universities most recognize members of PTK and offer significant scholarship opportunities.

Northeastern Junior College (NJC) is Colorado’s premier 2-year college, part of the Colorado Community College System and NCA accredited. NJC offers a wide variety of degree and certificate programs, along with career and technical training and community classes. NJC offers 4-year degree programs through participating 4-year colleges.