Essex County College’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been an integral part of the institution since 1982. That will continue, promises current Chapter President Johanna Navas, an Architectural Technology major.
“As we celebrate the College’s 50th anniversary, we want our current Phi Theta Kappa members to always remain a part of our institution,” she said. “We are contributing to the anniversary observance from the students’ points of view.”
Both Johanna and Vice President for Fundraising Massaer Mar said they are working with President Anthony E. Munroe to launch a Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association. They said the proposed association, through fundraising, will be able to provide scholarships for current students and valuable networking down the road.
“This year, we also want to get more students involved in our activities, many of which are community projects,” said Johanna.
During the course of the year, it is easy to find Phi Theta Kappa-sponsored seasonal sales. These take many forms, such as bake soles, book sales and even the recently held Halloween Horror (movie) Night. The students also collect food, cooperating with various other students and overall College-run initiatives, such as the Thanksgiving food drive.
The College Chapter traditionally receives accolades at both regional and national Phi Theta Kappa conferences. Johanna said she is confident that tradition of excellence will continue this academic year.
“This year we want to go beyond and be recognized by the International organization,” she said.