The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved Phi Theta Kappa as the college’s official honor society at their board meeting Thursday afternoon.
Several members of WC’s Phi Chapter, one of the oldest chapters in the national honor society for two-year colleges, were present during the meeting where Stephanie Gilbert, chapter president, spoke about why this designation was important.
Gilbert said the designation will increase visibility of the organization among the student population thereby allowing these students to become more engaged in campus and community events.
“Formal recognition will also potentially increase Phi Theta Kappa membership allowing more students the opportunity to apply for more than $87,000 in annual scholarships and to choose from over 700 colleges and universities that have additional transfer scholarship opportunities for Phi Theta Kappa members,” Gilbert said. “Also, Phi Theta Kappa provides a greater opportunity for students to make real-world connections opening the doors for potential careers and other opportunities.”
Phi Chapter celebrates its 90th year at WC this April. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society was founded in 1918 and currently has more than 1,285 chapters. The chapter has received numerous recognitions and awards over the years for their campus and community involvement.
In other business, the board:
- Approved the minutes from the Dec. 13 board meeting.
- Approved the 2019-20 academic calendar.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:
- Recognized the WC Foundation which, under the leadership of Foundation President Bob Glenn, awarded more than $260,000 in scholarships during the 2017-18 academic year.
- Recognized purchasing specialist Cindy Clifton on being named the 2018 Staff Member of the Year.
- Recognized Jon Vandagriff on the publication of his book, “Weatherford College: The First 150 Years” and for establishing the first endowed scholarship of the sesquicentennial year.
- Announced the resignation of library clerk Megan Sheehan and the resignation of vocational nursing instructor Tonya Treadway.
- Reported enrollment for the Spring 2019 semester is on track to exceed record enrollment. There are currently 5,765 students enrolled for the upcoming semester.