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Honor Society wins 18 awards at convention

March 17, 2014

Members of Phi Theta and some of their awards from the convention.

A-B Tech Community College’s Alpha Upsilon Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received 18 awards and recognitions during the Carolinas Region Hallmark Awards Convention March 14-16 in Charleston, S.C. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Awards included the Most Distinguished Chapter (based on the Honors in Action and College Project), 2014 Distinguished Chapter, Most Improved Chapter, Five Star Chapter Plan Award, Distinguished Honors in Action Project, Distinguished College Project, Distinguished Officer Award, Carolinas Region Super Stars Award, Outstanding Participation in the Carolinas Region Service Project and in the Carolinas Region Honors in Action Project. 

They also received accolades for the Distinguished Honors in Action Theme 3: The Culture of Competition and Economics. The A-B Tech chapter conducted research on the nature of competition among cancer non-profit organizations, focused on ovarian cancer, informed the public (via Facebook) of their research findings, and are attempting to endow an A-B Tech Foundation scholarship for students who are survivors of ovarian cancer or family members of victims of ovarian cancer.  The scholarship will be named for Mona Cornwell, an A-B Tech employee, who died from complications of the disease on April 2, 2013.

Student and chapter president Stella Galyean was given an award of recognition for Service to the Region for her role as Vice President of the Carolinas Region. Hall of Honors Awards went to students Paulette Gardner, Shaniqua Simuel and Galyean.

Dr. Beth Stewart, Dean of Arts and Sciences, received the Paragon Award for New Advisors and lead advisor Lisa York, Communications Instructor, received the Distinguished Advisor Award and Horizon Award.

Two A-B Tech students have been elected to serve in two of the four Carolinas Region officer positions. Gardner was elected President of the Carolinas Region and Ruth Ceesay is the North Carolina Vice President of the Carolinas Region.

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

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