Posted at 12:36 p.m., April 30, 2015

Phi Theta Kappa strives for success

Proud, traditional and knowledgable:

Phi Theta Kappa adviser and regional coordinator, Arshi Rizwani-Nisley, left, and Jeff Shmidl, adviser, listen to Laura Harper, outgoing president, review a survey created to help understand why the graduation rate isn’t higher.

Alison Ferguson

Clubwise Phi Theta Kappa
When: Noon–12:50 p.m. every Wednesday in the Business Building, Room 127
Who: Phi Theta Kappa
Fees: One-time membership fee of $80; SAGE TRiO members, and the faculty advisers pay a lower fee of $30. Students who qualify will receive an invitation by letter.

Dr. Arshi Rizwani-Nisley, adviser and regional coordinator: 307-432-1601

Jeff Shmidl, adviser: 778-1343

Scott Smidt, ACC adviser: 307-772-4249

Mary Ludwig, adviser: 778-1200


President: Steve LeBlanc

Vice presidents: Rachel Abernathy, Scholarship; Julie LaBounta, Leadership;
Sarah Luna, Service; Maira Marcum, Fellowship

Public Relations Officer: Evans Arthur

Honors in Action Team: Millie Chavarria and Heather Hayner

Purpose: It helps students develop skills in leadership, fellowship and service and also offers scholarships. More than $36 million is available in scholarships for members. Some of the qualifications for these scholarships range from simply being a member to serving as a significant club leader or completing a specific program of study.

Its current project is trying to encourage students to complete their programs and degrees. The graduation rate isn’t what the college has hoped for, so Phi Theta Kappa will conduct polls to ask students what has been standing in the way.
This April, the club attended the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in San Antonio. They received a five-star chapter rating for the 10th year in a row.

The club placed fifth in the Honors in Action Hallmark Award Entry, fourth in the College Project Hallmark Award Entry and fourth in the Overall Distinguished Chapter Award Rank. Advisers Smidl earned the Distinguished Adviser Award while Rizwani-Nisley earned the prestigious Mosal Award.

Contact Wingspan at 778-1304 or to feature your club.

Phi Theta Kappa national website

LCCC Phi Theta Kappa