Rowan College of South Jersey’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Receives Five-Star Ranking for Second Consecutive Year

By: Joel Vazquez, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Rowan College of South Jersey’s Alpha Psi Pi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society received a top ranking for the second year in a row.

The chapter achieved five-star status for its contributions to on-campus, regional, national, and international activities. They completed an “Honors in Action” project which focused on stereotypes — more specifically, whether or not individuals are raised to criticize others based on stereotypes. The chapter put together a 19-minute video of members telling stories of times they were stereotyped. The video was shared across multiple RCSJ platforms.

“The officers and members of Alpha Psi Pi have surpassed my expectations and impressed me in so many ways,” Jacquelyn Thomasson, PTK co-advisor, said in a press release.

PTK is an international honor society exclusive to community college students with a 3.5 GPA or higher and have at least 12 credits. This organization helps students gain leadership skills and generally be more involved in the college community.

“It’s something that is earned,” PTK Co-Advisor Shawn Rutter said.

Alpha Psi Pi was also awarded the “Recognizing Excellent in Acceptance and Completion with Honors (REACH) Reward.” This award was given to the chapter for recruiting new members.

With more than 240 active members, PTK is hosting more than 30 attendees on their Zoom calls. Compared to their meetings prior to the pandemic, which only attracted a handful of members, this is a step forward.

“Our students are itching for traditional learning,” Rutter said.

For information about Alpha Psi Pi and how to become a member, be sure to visit RCSJ’s website.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.