Apr 05, 2022 | Student Success , Featured

Columbia State Phi Theta Kappa Students Celebrated at Student Honors Luncheon

Students recognized during the College System of Tennessee’s 2022 Student Honors Luncheon.
Students recognized during the College System of Tennessee’s 2022 Student Honors Luncheon.

The College System of Tennessee celebrated 51 of the top honor society students at its community and technical colleges, including Columbia State Community College Phi Theta Kappa members Zoha Fatima and Chaim Roehrs, during the system’s 2022 Student Honors Luncheon.

“The Student Honors Luncheon was a wonderful opportunity for Tennessee’s community colleges and colleges of applied technologies to gather to recognize our top students,” said Cara Sutherland, Columbia State Phi Theta Kappa advisor and associate professor of mathematics. “Plus, we enjoyed fellowship among representatives, students and guests of sister institutions. Chaim and Zoha, our two nominees for Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Tennessee Academic Team represented Columbia State well.”

The annual luncheon salutes top-achieving members of Phi Theta Kappa and the National Technical Honor Society. PTK is the national honor society for students at two-year colleges, and the 25 PTK members from the community colleges honored are members of the PTK All-Tennessee Academic Team. NTHS honors and recognizes students in career and technical education. 

In addition to recognizing student achievement, both honor societies provide opportunities for student leadership development and service. The students honored were nominated by their colleges. Each was individually recognized during the luncheon program and presented medallions and certificates by their respective college presidents, signifying their achievements.

“For all of you, your presence here today means that you have already achieved a level of excellence that demands attention and led to your induction into these two honor societies. The academic and technical skills that you have demonstrated will serve you well – regardless of whether you’re planning on continuing your studies at a university – or going straight into your new careers,” Dr. Russ Deaton, TBR executive vice chancellor for policy and strategy, told the honorees.

“Take a moment to pause and look around the room at the impressive array of talent gathered here today. This room teems with leadership, service, dedication, perseverance, and excellence. It jumps off the page from your bios and it is evident in the eyes of each of our honorees. This room is full of Tennessee’s present and future, and our state is in good hands,” Deaton said.

The Honors Luncheon is a part of the College System of Tennessee’s fourth Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition program. 

The Student Honors Luncheon was presented this year by The Ayers Foundation, founded by Jim and Janet Ayers who were among several benefactors presented Chancellors Awards for Excellence in Philanthropy by TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings during the program.

Others addressing the students included Dr. Tydings, Dr. Rebecca Ashford, president of Chattanooga State Community College and this year’s PTK Tennessee presidential ambassador; and Jacob Tucker, executive assistant of The Ayers Foundation. Nikki Burdine, co-anchor of WKRN-TV’s Good Morning Nashville, was master of ceremonies.

For more information on Columbia State’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, please visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/PTK.