EUNICE, La. – The LSU Eunice chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) received high marks including a “Top 100” chapter in the world at the recent PTK Catalyst Convention.
The PTK Catalyst is an international convention that celebrates chapter excellence and student leadership among the more than 1,300 chapters worldwide. This year, the event was experienced virtually for members to view from the safety of their homes.
LSU Eunice took home three major awards – Top 100 Most Distinguished Chapters, Top 50 Honors in Action Projects and Top 3 Honors in Action Projects in Theme 9: System Beliefs.
“This is an unbelievable honor for not only our chapter but for the entire LSUE community,” chapter co-advisor Dr. Kyle Smith said. “Our group has put in a tremendous amount of hard work into PTK this year, and it is showing with our awards at both Regional Conference and Catalyst.”
Nine students from LSUE participated in this year’s Catalyst online event from April 16-17. The Catalyst conference annually brings more than 4,000 students and 400 PTK chapters together. The LSUE chapter was awarded Top 100 status for the first time in the program’s history.
The chapter’s Honors In Action project was entitled, “Vaccinations Debate: A Discussion on Impacts to Global Health. The group chose to focus on vaccine hesitancy, which has been identified as one of the top 10 global health risks by the World Health Organization. Students researched the topic broadly, and then turned their focus into planning a more specific action to address the problem in the community.
On November 7, 2019, PTK hosted a debate on vaccines in collaboration with the LSUE Speech and Debate Team. Over 100 community members attended the debate, and survey results showed that some individuals' beliefs about vaccines changed because of listening to the debate.
Last month, the LSUE chapter took home several awards at the Regional Conference on the campus of the University of Mississippi, including five-star chapter status as well as first place in their project category for “Honor in Action”.
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society group that recognizes students who earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher with at least 12 semester hours of coursework. The organization promotes academic excellence and civic engagement.
LSUE’s PTK chapter currently has 249 active members including 81 new members during the 2019-2020 academic year. Current LSUE students that are interested in learning more about the LSUE chapter of PTK can contact Dr. Kyle Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.