Phi Theta Kappa chapter wins regional honors

Story by Laura Halverson
Photo contributed by Alpha Beta Chi

Pima Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society has been recognized within the Arizona region.

The Alpha Beta Chi chapter received eight awards, including Distinguished Advisor, Hall of Honor Distinguished Chapter Officer and Distinguished Chapter of the Arizona Region.

Alpha Beta Chi has an extensive community service record, including working with the PCC Desert Vista Community Garden and building a library at an orphanage in Imuris, Mexico.

President Cynthia Berens said Alpha Beta Chi chapter members and officers are committed to the group’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

“Everyone has worked very hard during the past year to identify community needs that the chapter could address through service projects,” Berens said. “It is wonderful to see the chapter, advisors, officers and members recognized for the positive impact we have had. The awards truly are all well-deserved.”

Examples of previous and current chapter projects include collecting donations for World Care to assist with Haiti relief and holding a trash clean-up on A Mountain in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful and the Trek Against Trash. (See and for more information.)

Phi Theta Kappa, established in 1918, works to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development.

It is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters.

April 8-10, members of the PCC chapter will attend the national convention in Orlando, Fla.

They will attend leadership workshops, hear guest speakers including MSNBC political analyst Rachel Maddow and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and learn what recognition and honors the chapter has attained at the international level.

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and PCC’s chapter, visit and

Members of Pima Community College’s Alpha Beta Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society show off awards they’ve won.

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