Beta Theta Tau Reaches for the Stars


DCTC President Ron Thomas speaks at a Phi Theta Kappa conference Feb. 24, 2012

DCTC Phi Theta Kappa chapter aiming for five-star recognition

A goal of the Beta Theta Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Dakota County Technical College was to reach for the star⎯or at least one star⎯and in the process, they have had a busy and productive year.

2011 marked the year the chapter moved from a one-star chapter to a two-star chapter, setting a new goal to become a five-star chapter before the end of 2012. To become a five-star chapter, Beta Theta Tau will need to plan, execute and analyze both an Honors in Action project and a College Project this year.

The Honors in Action project is designed to engage scholars with their communities through the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship, in the pursuit of solutions to the world’s challenges relating to this year’s honors study topic: The Culture of Competition. The Beta Theta Tau Chapter’s Honors In Action project will focus on the relationship between competition and food.

The College Project, on the other hand, is designed to engage Beta Theta Tau members with college administrators. Chapter members must reach out to the college administration on a project that supports DCTC and plan, execute and analyze the project. The Beta Theta Tau chapter recently started brainstorming ideas for the College Project and will soon share a list of ideas with college administrators.

Both these projects will be submitted to Phi Theta Kappa for the competitive-based Hallmark Awards. Hallmark Awards are designed to recognize the best of the best chapters, individuals and regions for excellence in the society’s four hallmarks.

In addition to achieving its goal of becoming a two-star chapter, one of the largest tasks Beta Theta Tau took on was co-hosting the Phi Theta Kappa Minn-Wi-Kota Region’s annual convention in February 2012. The convention brought together more than 100 Phi Theta Kappa members throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas over a two-day period on the college’s Rosemount campus. The Beta Theta Tau chapter also took on a new role at the regional level and will now serve as as the Minn-Wi-Kota Region’s communications coordinator.

Beta Theta Tau’s success this year would not have been possible without the strong leadership of the chapter’s officers, the dedication of the chapter’s members, assistance from the staff and students in the Student Life department, and the supportive culture of the DCTC community. The chapter would like to thank everyone for their support this year. Beta Theta Tau hopes to continue giving back to the college community through dedication to the society’s four hallmarks.

View more Phi Theta Kappa images:

PTK 2012 Induction | March 28, 2012

2012 All-Minnesota Academic Team | March 30, 2012

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at DCTC, contact:
  • Sara Woodward
    Exercise and Sport Science Instructor | PTK Advisor
  • Carrie Schneider
    Director of Institutional Research | PTK Advisor