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October 29, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association Rechartered at UT Tyler

Seventeen students at The University of Texas at Tyler are charter members of the rechartered Xi of Texas alumni chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on campus.

The rechartering ceremony was held earlier this month during the 2009 Texas Leadership Conference.

Charter members, listed by hometown, are:

ALBA – Brandon L. Bohannan.

ARP – Elizabeth S. Svoboda.

ATHENS – Cassie M. Keys.

BIG SANDY – Zachary S. White.

JACKSONVILLE – Arielle M. Arrington, Bethany V. Phillips and Mandi J. Stephens.

LONGVIEW – Emily A. Mach.

MARSHALL – Katherine E. Mathis.

TYLER – Jessenia C. Aguilar, Tina M. Bausinger, Andrea B. Benson, Lindsey M. Ray, Catherine D. Naylor, Regina G. Rudd, Jayla J. Sanders and Natalie B. Wade.

The students will be inducted during a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Ona Tolliver, student life and leadership director, and Sarah Bowdin, admissions director, will serve as chapter advisers.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.

To receive an invitation to membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree, must generally have a grade point average of 3.5 and adhere to the standards of the society.

University-based alumni associations make up more than half of the society’s 110 alumni associations. These organizations are well-suited to assist Phi Theta Kappa members with the transition from community college to university life. They are also helpful to the university as Phi Theta Kappa alumni members can serve as ambassadors in recruiting and outreach efforts to potential students.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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