PRCC inducts members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society

April 12, 2023

Seventy-six students were welcomed into Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society on April 10.

Seventy-six students were welcomed into Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

The induction ceremony was held in the J. Cecil Burt Special Events Room at the Forrest County Campus with family members and other guests in the audience. 

Phi Theta Kappa is known as the foremost honor society for two-year colleges with over 1,300 chapters worldwide.

Students elected for membership are considered academically successful having completed at least 12 credit hours of non-remedial courses with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA.  

Officers in the Beta Tau Gamma chapter include from left: Jadon Glenn, Vice President of Fellowship; Kathryn Scharwath, Vice President of Service; Ameze Ekunwe, Vice President of Recruitment; Tobias Adams, President; Andrew Purvis, Vice President of Recruitment; and Micah Mixon, Vice President of Alumni. Not pictured is Noah Taylor, Vice President of Transfer Readiness; and Benjamin Hartley, Vice President of Leadership.

Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship are the four hallmarks of PTK. The current officers briefly shared how those hallmarks have played out for them as members of PTK. 

Sophomore student Tobias Adams of Oak Grove, President of Beta Tau Gamma, addresses the crowd. 

Before the students took the PTK oath, Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Campus, Allied Health and Nursing Programs, spoke to the importance of membership in Phi Theta Kappa.

“Take advantage of what we have to offer here at PRCC including a strong educational foundation,” she said. “Embrace the challenges faced as you move on to bigger and better things.”

Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Ben Burnett, President, William Carey University.

Dr. Ben Burnett, President, William Carey University, addresses the Beta Tau Gamma inductees.

Dr. Greg Underwood, Academic Dean at the Forrest County Campus, gave a special greeting and PRCC music instructor Dr. Rudy Gatlin provided special music.

Members of Beta Tau Gamma Chapter had the opportunity to select faculty-staff who have made a difference for them during their time at PRCC. Those award a coveted Stole of Gratitude were, from left, Dr. Dan Browning, Cheri Alder, Said Otwane, Heather Peerboom, Zach Bennett, Dr. Rudy Gatlin, Dr. David Collum, Dr. Terri Ruckel and Dr. Ryan Ruckel. Not pictured is Dr. Doug Donohue.

PRCC students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Beta Tau Gamma chapter for 2022 spring semester are: 

Lurah Anderson of Petal, Reagan Anderson of Purvis, Jiana Atencio of Hattiesburg, Ziola Austin of Hattiesburg, Raven Baker of Petal, Gabrielle Banks of Hattiesburg, Nicholas Bass of Petal, Yessica Bernal Solis of Hattiesburg, Constantine Brackman of Hattiesburg, Carter Breazeale of Hattiesburg, Drake Broome of Hattiesburg, Skylar Broom of Columbia, Halli Broussard of Sumrall,

Krystal Chailland of Hattiesburg, Cranston Conway of Hattiesburg, Erica Daily of Lucedale, Kadin Dengler of Hattiesburg, Laila Esters of Hattiesburg, Abigail Ford of Purvis, Graham Freeman of Sumrall, Syanna Freeman of Hattiesburg, Katrelyn Gab of Hattiesburg, Kathleen Galloway of Hattiesburg, Anthony Gibson of Hattiesburg, Tatum Gipson of Hattiesburg, Ashley Green of Columbia, Jason Grover of Hattiesburg, Brandon Gwin of Purvis, 

Hannah Hayes of Brooklyn, Hannah-Elizabeth Hosey of Hattiesburg, Jakiya Houston of Hattiesburg, Emily James of Hattiesburg, Kylah Johnson of Sumrall, Jessica Johnson of Hattiesburg, Raniya Johnson of Hattiesburg, Abbilyn Jones of Sumrall, Isabelle Karnes of Ellisville, James Kilgore of Hattiesburg, Emma Kinsey of Petal,

Emily Lane of Beaumont, Shelby Lawing of Hattiesburg, Chloe Leblanc of Hattiesburg, David Lee of Hattiesburg, India Lee of Hattiesburg, Jariya Marshall of Jackson, Alma Martinez of Hattiesburg, Juan Martinez of Hattiesburg, Grant Matheny of Columbia, David Matos of Petal, Hannah May of Hattiesburg, Laura Meyerholtz of Hattiesburg, Amariona Moffett of Hattiesburg, Jordyne Morris of Hattiesburg, Briyonna Newsom of Columbia, Lizbeth Olivares of Laurel, Banks Pollitz of Petal,

Kimberly Rauda Orellana of Hattiesburg, Kye Reese of Petal, Logan Rich of Hattiesburg, Kara Sellers of Hattiesburg, Kyle Sloan of Hattiesburg, Violet Smith of Hattiesburg, Emily Smith of Hattiesburg, Sydney Smith of Hattiesburg, Mackenzie Somersall of Hattiesburg, Makayla Taylor of Petal, Kaeden Thigpen of Hattiesburg, Lialy Tran of Petal, Mycalla Turner of Hattiesburg, Ryley Turner of Columbia, James Tutor of Hattiesburg, Joel Vaughn of Hattiesburg, Connor Ware of Purvis, April Walters of Hattiesburg, Sarah Williams of Sumrall, Olivia Young of Prentiss.

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Article and photography by Chuck Abadie.

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