RCTC Faculty Member Presented Phi Theta Kappa Outstanding Advisor Award

mahlberg-award-2Rochester Community and Technical College Instructor Dr. Jamie Mahlberg was presented with the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Paragon Advisor Award. RCTC students initiated the nomination last fall and the Min-Kota Region of PTK recently recognized Dr. Mahlberg with this outstanding new PTK advisor award.

“I am truly humbled to have received this award from Phi Theta Kappa. Members of Omicron Chapter worked collaboratively with the RCTC Dean of Academic Affairs to complete the nomination process showing clearly how Phi Theta Kappa encourages students to become more engaged on campus by building relationships with each other, faculty, and administrators, said Dr. Jamie Mahlberg,We’ve worked hard to build RCTC’s chapter and have been rewarded with this Paragon Award and a New Century Scholar (Andrea Walker).”

Under Dr. Mahlberg’s leadership this year, PTK once again received five star status, and the students are working collaboratively with faculty to reestablish an honors program at RCTC. To achieve the five star status, PTK developed a comprehensive College Project focused on building an Honors Program at RCTC; initiated an Honors in Action project in collaboration with RCTC Instructor Lillyam Arroyave, emphasizing the importance of providing fuel-efficient stoves to rural Guatemalan families; and submitted national Phi Theta Kappa award applications that will be presented at this year’s NerdNation Convention in Washington, DC. RCTC’s chapter is sending six members to this annual meeting of Phi Theta Kappans from across the globe, and we couldn’t be more excited to represent RCTC’s Five Star Chapter at this event, Mahlberg said.

RCTC’s Omicron Chapter of PTK is one of the oldest in the country having been chartered on campus in 1926. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society founded to recognize and encourage academic achievement among two-year college students. It offers opportunities for the development of leadership and service, the exchange of ideas in an intellectual climate, fellowship for scholars, and simulation of interest in academic excellence. Part-time, full-time and international students currently enrolled at RCTC and working on a certificate, diploma, or degree are eligible. RCTC students must have at least a 3.5 GPA after 12 credit hours (1000 level or higher) or at least a 3.4 GPA after 16 credit hours (1000 level or higher). To maintain good standing, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2.

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