by Jaycie Wunder
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an honor society organization that works through individual 2-year colleges to recognize academic strides made by students.
Alpha Phi Alpha is Butler’s chapter.
Becoming a member of PTK involves an invitation after a student has proved good academic standing within the campus. A student must obtain an institutional cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. Before a student can be invited they must have completed at least 12 credit hours at Butler. A GPA cannot be rounded up, it must be a true 3.5 or higher.
If a student decides to join PTK once invited and is afraid of losing membership with a dip in GPA, they can still be in good standing if they bring their GPA up to a 3.5 or higher by graduation. A bad semester will not cause one to be dismissed from the organization.
Currently, the fee to gain membership in PTK is a one-time fee $90. The fee is to be paid before the end of the semester.
Chrissy Baker is the adviser for Butler’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter.
Fees will be increasing next semester by $5-$10, according to Baker.
There are currently around 500-1,000 members in the Alpha Phi Alpha chapter. According to Baker, there are usually around 25 active members that participate in meetings. Active members attempt to meet on the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. They try to alternate between El Dorado and Andover campuses.
The ceremony held on Oct. 23 in the Welcome Center is to symbolize students’ passage into membership.
The benefits of PTK include scholarships available to members to continue their studies after Butler. Scholarships play a major role in attracting students to become members.
“It’s an organization that promotes college completion not just at the 2-year level. We try and promote going on for your bachelor’s because we do have some transfer scholarships,” Baker says.
Baker says the organization works on teaching their members their four hallmarks: scholarship, service, leadership skills and fellowship.