Phi Theta Kappa is more than an honor society

By Luke Buehler

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society on almost all two-year colleges both nationally and globally. The Omicron Chapter at RCTC is the oldest one in Minnesota.

The Omicron Chapter is known for its projects. The two major ones are the College Project, and the Honors-in-Action project. The college project tries to help solve an issue on campus that the school’s administration has selected, while the Honors-in-Action project is usually a large research paper that explores a question derived from one of eight study topics. The study topics are changed every two years by the Phi Theta Kappa headquarters staff in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jamie Mahlberg became the adviser last year, bringing excitement and a wealth of knowledge to the chapter.

Phi Theta Kappa, as many other honor societies, relies on character traits called hallmarks. They are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. In addition to our larger mandated projects, Omicron chapter is making plans to do some service activities including holiday caroling in downtown Rochester and ringing bells for the Salvation Army. The chapter plans on doing more as the years go on such as Feed My Starving Children, and sending care packages to the American soldiers overseas.

Questions about how to join Phi Theta Kappa and the scholarship benefits, email