Phi Theta Kappa

PTK All Massachusetts Award

Award winners Bryan Sanderson and Kathleen Craigen are congratulated at the State House ceremony by President Daniel Asquino.

MWCC student leaders Bryan Sanderson and Kathleen Craigen were honored as members of the All-Massachusetts Academic Team during a recognition ceremony at the State House on April 24. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society, community college presidents and the Massachusetts Community College association sponsored the event.

Sanderson, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and president of the college’s Veterans Group, will earn an associate degree in Human Services in May. A highly engaged figure on campus, Sanderson has continuously named to the President’s and Dean’s lists. He is also a Commonwealth Corps Member, a student ambassador, peer veteran liaison/mentor, and work study student for the college’s Veteran Success Center. He founded the MWCC’s Students Serving Our Students (SOS) office, now located within the Center of Civic Learning and Community Engagement, and was a recipient of the Campus Compact’s national Newman Civic Fellow Award in 2013.

Craigen also will graduate in May with an associate degree in Human Services. This year, Craigen is serving as the AmeriCorps MACC*VISTA for MWCC’s Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement. She also serves on the Student Government Association and participates in the Leadership for Life Series. During this spring semester, she is completing an internship with the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) office located within the center, working on capacity building and volunteer management at local nonprofit organizations. Craigen works directly with the new General Studies capstone courses, ISC 220, working with students placed within the community at the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.

 

By Elizabeth Reiser

Commencement DVD sales will benefit the House of Peace and Education in Gardner. Pictured, from left, PTK co-advisor Dr. Michael T. Greenwood, Christian Orobello,executive director of HOPE; PTK Vice President Eric Ababio and PTK President Elizabeth Reiser.

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is sponsoring its 10th annual “Project Graduation” food drive in conjunction with the college’s 48th Commencement ceremony on May 16. In addition, the chapter is once again joining with the Broadcasting and Electronic Media program and the college’s media services department to produce Commencement videos. Proceeds from the video sales will be shared between the chapter and the House of Peace and Education (HOPE), a local non-profit agency that assists at-risk women and children.

All graduates and their guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the Commencement rehearsal and/or ceremony. Receptacles will be located at entrances to the Fitness & Wellness Center. All donations will be delivered to the Gardner Community Action Committee’s food pantry to benefit the local community. In addition to Commencement collections, donation receptacles are available in various areas of the campus through May 8.

In addition to the food drive, professional quality, edited DVDs of the ceremony will be available for $12 each if purchased before May 15, and for $15 after that date. This cost includes shipping and handling. Graduates and their families can pre-pay with the form enclosed in the graduation package they received, at the Phi Theta Kappa table at the rehearsal or at the ceremony, or online through MWCC’s iConnect Graduation 2013 tab.

Enjoy this special 50th Anniversary of Mount Wachusett Community College graduation ceremony and help your community. Donate to the food drive and place an order for your graduation DVD so you can share your accomplishment with your family and friends!

Thank you for your support!

Elizabeth M. Reiser is president of MWCC’s Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

 

Members of MWCC’s Phi Delta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society recently presented a donation to the House of Peace and Education from proceeds raised during the chapter’s ninth annual Project Graduation.

The $300 donation was collected through the sale of Commencement DVDs in conjunction with the college’s Broadcasting and Electronic Media program.

“We truly appreciate this,” HOPE Executive Director Christian Orobello told the chapter members during a visit to the college. “The money you  raised will send a child to summer camp who would not be able to go otherwise. The good you’ve done and the effort you put in really grows within HOPE. We could not exist without the people of greater Gardner.”

In addition to this donation to HOPE, the Alpha Beta Gamma business honor society also raised funds for the nonprofit organization through a recent bake sale.

Pictured from left, Julie Graziano; Michelle Peters, chapter secretary; Megan Reiser; Elizabeth Reiser chapter president, HOPE Executive Director Christian Orobello; MWCC Professor Michael Greenwood, PTK faculty advisor; Karen Duchnowski, Project Graduation co-chair; MWCC Executive Vice President Ann McDonald; Fagan Forhan, Director of Experiential Learning Opportunities & Civic Engagement and PTK Faculty Advisor; Stevie Burwell.