Honolulu Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, also known as Alpha Kappa Iota, was bestowed six awards at the annual Pacific Regional Convention of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held in early March.
The regional awards presented to the chapter included:
- Five Star Chapter Award, which recognizes the highest level of chapter development
- Regional Coordinator’s Distinguished Chapter Award in recognition of the chapter’s contributions to the Pacific Region
- Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award — recognizing the chapter’s project, “APEC – Around the Pacific in Eighty Clicks,” by student project writers Jenalyn Camagong, Mike Handy, Kyle Colwell, Mark Lombawa, Zhiqing Yao and Li Mei Chen
- Distinguished Issue Award — recognizing the chapter’s response to Issue 1: Definition — What does the phrase “democratization of information” mean?, by student project writers Jenalyn Camagong, Mike Handy, Kyle Colwell, Mark Lombawa, Zhiqing Yao and Li Mei Chen
- Distinguished Chapter Officer Award to student Jenalyn Camagong (nominated by Mark Lombawa, Lena Low and Chris Ann Moore)
- Distinguished Advisor Award to Lena Low (nominated by Mark Lombawa and Billie Takaki Lueder)
Faculty advisor Lena Low was also recognized with the Regional Coordinator’s Horizon Award, which is presented in recognition of an advisor’s contributions to the chapter and the Pacific Region.
These regional awards recognize Phi Theta Kappa students for their hard work and scholarly research efforts in developing and implementing scholarship, service and leadership projects that embodied last year’s honors topic, “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise.”
The college’s convention delegates included students Mark Lombawa, Jenalyn Camagong, Li Mei Chen, Kainoa Sanford, Kyle Colwell, Ted Ikari, Sarah Kuramoto, Wilfred Pascua, Clayton Ababa, and advisors Rob Edmondson and Lena Low.
About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. The society recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
The Pacific Region of Phi Theta Kappa includes chapters located in Hawaiʻi, American Samoa, Guam, Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.